Back to College Shopping Guide

I’ve always loved shopping for back to school supplies. Even as I head into my last semester of school, the excitement that comes with finding the perfect new agenda or the best multipurpose tote still hasn’t faded.

When looking for back to school essentials, I always ask myself a few questions: (1) am I going to want this a year from now when it’s time to move, or will I toss it in the donation pile? (2) is it durable and will I love it for as long as it lasts? I just moved for the seventh time (!) in four years, and as an RA I’ve also helped plenty of others get settled in new spaces of their own. Along the way, I’ve picked up a few things about what you really need to bring to college. Whether it’s your first semester or your last, here are my back to college essentials for a fun and productive semester:

For making your new space feel like home. // Look for quality items in relaxing colors and let your room speak to your style. I love patterned bedding and playful accessories in pastel colors.

Bose speaker // Pin dot canvas tote // Hello wall hook  // LED work lamp // Dotted duvet cover // Coral sunshine oblong throw pillow // Keurig // Floral dinner plates // Flowers in bloom poster // Alarm clock // Multicolor rug // Simple wooden mirror // Minimal tabletop jewelry stand // Metal rolling storage cart // String lights

For stocking your closet. // I live on a campus where no one rolls up to class in pajamas or sweats, but comfy jeans and a good tee are always standbys for me on busy days. I look for pieces I can wear with anything — dark denim, an easy striped tee shirt, a bright ball cap and the perfect backpack, plus my favorite mascara and face mask ever.

Baseball cap // Herschel Supply Co. back pack // Allbirds wool runners // Striped off-the-shoulder dress // Striped embroidered sunglasses t-shirt // High rise skinny jeans // Origins clear improvements active charcoal mask // Too Faced better than sex mascara // Irenee ankle strap sandal // Kyle bootie // Hayes Street mini isobel satchel // Bell sleeve top // Cropped crew neck sweater // Mini pinata tassel earring // Hooded twill utility jacket

For getting shit done. // Desk supplies are one of my favorite things to shop for. Doesn’t life feel just a little more pulled together when it’s laid out in the very best planner, highlighted with your favorite markers? Bright, easy to carry pieces are the name of the game for me here. agenda // Baggu nylon tote // Swell water bottle // Inspired notebook // pencils // Tassel portable charger // Wireless headphones // Poppin retractable gel pen set // In the Company of Women // The Big Life // Productivity planner // Rifle lively floral folder // Removable chalk panels // Rifle peach blossom iPhone case // Hydro Flask

What are your must-haves for heading back to campus?