What I Actually Brought to College

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Hey guys! Seeing as I am entering my sophomore year in college, I wanted to start posting some college related things more geared to freshman. Upperclassman can use this too! There are TONS of lists out there. I looked for all my college inspo. on Pinterest. {See my Dorm and College boards} SO, with that being said, I created a list of the items I actually bought to college, except one ūüė• . I actually forgot to include a drying rack, and that was such a major thing for me!

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Below are some things that I wanted to go more in-depth on and tell you why you NEED them!

Drying Rack

My mom has always used a drying rack for things like bras and denim, and I learned to do the same. SO, when it came to dorm life, I had to do the same. If your school’s anything like OU, then you’ll probably come into contact with a industrial strength washer and dryer, which means more heat. I’ve spent too much money on bras, jeans and those Lululemon leggings for them to shrink!

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Storage Ottoman

I love my ottoman! Perfect storage and a great place for guests to sit. Mine is collapsable too, great for transportation.

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The washers and dryers at OU accept¬†Bobcat Cash which you can upload to your student ID and quarters. I prefer to use my Bobcat Cash for food and other fun things which don’t include laundry. So, during the summer I stock up and save my quarters and my mom saves them for me during the school year.

Lock Box

My mom insisted on getting me one and it was very useful! I put my stamps, cash, checkbook {not that I ever used it!} and at one point, a concert ticket. Mine had a chord that I wrapped around my bed so it couldn’t walk off. I think it’s great, especially¬†if you have a roommate, you don’t know who their friends are!

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Febreeze + Lysol Spray

My roommate would do this thing where she would leave her Chipotle out or throw it away in the room, and my room would smell like booty. SO, I would spray tons of Febreeze and room spray. When I heard a sniffle from her or I felt sick I would spray lysol in the air, the carpets and our beds to try to disinfect.


Way better than an iron, here’s my theory. If you get an iron you need an ironing board, both take up space, more space than a steamer. Steamers are super easy and greta to have. I have a mini one and it’s super cute and great for traveling!

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Everyone needs a flashlight for emergencies. Second semester the power went out on my side of campus and was out for a while. It’s nice to have a flashlight, which leads me to my next item…

Portable Charger

I mentioned the importance of a portable charger in another post { Read my ‘What’s In My Going Out Bag’} and it was great for when the power went out. I hadn’t charged my phone and needed it for the next day!

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Extension Chord

I never used one in my dorm room {we technically weren’t even allowed to..} but I did use it in the library. It was perfect for tables farther away from outlets!

Optional, but great items:


A must for coffee and tea drinkers. Mine is my best friend and my most used college item right behind my laptop!

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Yoga Mat

Yoga mats are great if you want to work out and do yoga in your room or in the campus rec center. I always saw girls carrying theirs around campus. However a good hack for the yoga mat is for a mini mattress. Perfect for if you have guests over!

More college related posts can be found under my ‘college’ tab! I’ll be uploading this on Pinterest, please repin! Thanks for reading!

Additional College Posts:

Dorm Tour

What’s in My Bag: Going Out Edition

How I Stay Organized In College 

College Hacks

Getting Involved In College


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