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Colleges tell you what you need to buy before you get there. However, they’re just talking about the classes, supplies, and books. What they don’t tell you is that once you get to college, there are a few little things that would make your life so much easier. Rather than go to college and endure the first semester without these things, we’re here to get you ahead of the game! Here are the 10 (non-academic) things you should buy before college.

1. Portable fans

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Many colleges require you to stay in the dorms. One thing no one tells you is that the temperature of your room won’t exactly be in your control. Especially if you’re in a state that stays warm, a portable fan may be the difference between being comfy in your room and not being able to sleep at night.

2. Noise-canceling headphones

Whether in a dorm or a house, you never know what could go on in your living space. Rather than wait for your dorm to throw a random 1am party on the night that you have a big test in the morning, invest in some nice noise-canceling headphones.

3. Desk lamp

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You may not think that lights will be an issue, but a large, portable desk lamp could really come in handy. Your dorm may not be lit well, or you may be studying after your roommate goes to sleep. You need a warm, functional desk lamp to get through those nights.

4. Pillows

Pillows are shockingly cheap. You can get generic ones for just a couple of bucks. Whether it’s to give your guests some comfort or surround yourself in a fortress of fluff, pillows provide a lot of pleasure for the price.

5. Water filter

Whether you’re in a dorm or renting an off-campus room, water filtration is one of those things you won’t think about until you’re annoyed by it. Even cheap water filters can provide much-needed peace of mind.

6. Umbrella

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You can’t just grab your parents’ umbrella when you need to go out in the rain. Rather than have a bad experience with drenched art supplies, an unprotected laptop, or an important essay, take our advice and get a little umbrella.

7. Whiteboard and markers

You may be thinking you can just use the calendar on your phone, but there’s something about having your week mapped out on the wall that makes everything easier.

8. Backpack

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We know it’s tempting to think that you don’t need this. You’re not in grade school anymore! But a good-looking backpack you can just sling on as you board the bus or head to class makes a huge difference.

9. Rugs

College will make you wish for the comforts of home. A nice rug by your bed, covering the cold tiles of the dorm floors, will go a long way to making it feel like “your” room.

10. Printing supplies

A lot of teachers still ask for your assignments to be printed out. You may have a printing lab on campus, but they may require you to bring paper. Or you may be off-campus and need one of your own. You definitely need to work this out before that first paper is due!

The Takeaway

Your first year of college won’t be easy but a few supplies can make a huge difference. We think that you’ll miss all of the things listed above at least once. Conveniently, nothing except the headphones and printer should set you back too much. Rather than wish you had the little things when it’s too late, make them a priority now!

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