This post is all about important college school supplies that you’ll need to survive your first day of classes in college!
The first day of college is both super exciting and kind of terrifying at the same time. Trust me, I’ve been there before! (Lost my phone on campus literally my first day in college)
So today, I want to share with you 20 college school supplies that will make your first day in college a thousand times easier!
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Top 20 College School Supplies
1. Weekly & Monthly Planner
I honestly wouldn’t know what to do if I didn’t have a monthly & weekly planner in college. I highly recommend that as soon as you get your syllabus for each class, write down all the important deadlines and exam dates on your planner. This way, you can have a clear idea of how to organize your time during the semester.
2. Plastic File Envelopes
These file envelopes are so much better than regular folders because you won’t have to worry about documents falling out or getting wet in the rain. Also, they come in so many cute and vibrant colors!
3. Digital Voice Recorder
These voice recorders are so helpful for studying and reviewing class material. In most classes, professors don’t usually provide recordings, so if you don’t understand a certain concept, you won’t be able to go back in time to listen to your professor’s explanation. But these voice recorders will allow you to rewind as many times as possible!
4. Big Capacity Pencil Case
I love having a pencil case that allows me to literally stuff 50 pens in there. This way, I could keep every single school supply in one place without having to look through my entire backpack for it. If you don’t have a pencil case for some reason, get one! It can last you years! I’ve been using the same one since the 9th grade, lol!
5. College School Supplies: Mini Stapler
These mini staplers are so cute, and the best thing about them is that you can fit them in your pencil case unlike those gigantic heavy staplers. I always bring my stapler with me to class just in case we had to turn in multiple papers. Also, another benefit is that you won’t have to wait in line to use the staplers on campus.
6. Sturdy & Comfortable Backpack
Having a sturdy and comfortable backpack is a must in college. Especially if you plan on bringing your laptop and a bunch of other things with you to campus every day. I love backpacks that have wider shoulder straps because they help alleviate some of the weight from your shoulders.
Make sure to invest in a high-quality backpack because you definitely don’t want your backpack breaking in the middle of the semester.
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7. Lightweight Laptop
Even though most campuses have computers available for students to use, it’s much more convenient to bring your own laptop so you can work wherever you want and have access to your own documents.
If your campus is humongous and you’ll need to walk a lot, I recommend that you get a laptop that is lightweight. The laptop that I had in college was an Asus Zenbook that only weighs around 2.5 lbs, which basically felt like nothing.
8. Laptop Sleeve
If you’re carrying your laptop in your backpack to campus, please get a laptop sleeve to protect it. I didn’t do this my first two years in college, and since I take my laptop in and out of my backpack multiple times a day, it eventually ended up with so many scratches. Don’t make the mistake I made.
9. Basic Binders
Binders are a great way to keep your class notes and important documents organized in one place. I recommend getting 1 inch binders instead of other bulkier ones. Especially if you also plan on carrying a bunch of other stuff in your backpack.
10. Mechanical Pencils
Mechanical led pencils are so much more convenient than traditional pencils. No need to worry about finding a pencil sharpener during the middle of an exam. And it’ll last you longer too.
You can find these super cheap on Amazon or Target!
11. Hole Punchers
Hole Punchers will come in clutch if you’re using binders to organize all class notes and handouts. I didn’t have one of these during college, so I literally had to walk all the way to the library every time I needed it. Sure, I saved money, but wasted a lot of time walking as well, haha!
12. Subject Notebooks
If you don’t have a notebook yet, get one girl!! What are you doing? Haha. Seriously though, if you’re trying to get that perfect 4.0 GPA, the first step to achieving that goal is by taking notes every class. Your future self will thank you! Trust me.
13. TI-84 Graphing Calculator
Okay. If you, unfortunately, have to take Calculus or statistics in college like me, I’m pretty sure that you’ll need one of these TI-84 graphing calculators. Ugh, I know it’s super expensive. So if you can borrow one from your friend, DO IT! If not, buy one and then sell it after you’re done with those classes.
14. Ballpoint Pens
Even though you can get away with using pencils in most classes, sometimes you will be required to use pens. For example: Writing exams. So make sure to have a ballpoint pen handy just in case!
15. Correction Tape
Again, you probably won’t need these a lot if you’re more of a pencil user. But in some exams, especially exams in an essay format, your professor might require that you use a pen to answer the questions. So have a correction tape handy just in case!
16. Sticky Notes
Sticky notes can be super helpful if you want to take notes on your textbook or notebook but don’t have enough space. Also, you can also stick them on your bulletin board or dorm desk as a way of reminding yourself of important deadlines or events!
17. College School Supplies: Highlighters
Highlighters are an absolute must when it comes to reviewing class material and studying for an upcoming exam. For me personally, it’s so much easier to absorb information when it’s highlighted and emphasized. Also, highlighters help organize your notes into separate sections with different colors.
Needless to say, erasers are another one of those college school supplies that you can not forget! Especially if it’s during an exam where you’re using Scantrons to bubble in your answers.
19. Glue Stick
I never used to think that glue sticks would be relevant or needed at all in college. But then I realized, having a glue stick handy actually came in clutch multiple times at school. For example, when making posters and marketing materials for clubs and extracurricular on-campus activities.
20. Vitamin C Supplements
With so much on your plate during college, getting sick with still tons of homework to do is honestly super tough. So make sure to take care of your health by intaking sufficient vitamin C to boost your immune system.
Was This Ultimate School Supplies List For College Helpful?
I hope this list of college school supplies has helped you in preparing for the first day of college! Good luck, and have fun!
And if you weren’t able to purchase all of these products before the first day of school, don’t worry! The first week in college is usually pretty chill, so you still have plenty of time to do your last minute back-to-school shopping.
Thanks for stopping by! xoxo