Packing for college doesn't have to be stressful. Here are 17 things you shouldn't forget for your back-to-school checklist.
Vietnamese coffee maker
This small, retro-style stainless steel Vietnamese coffee maker turns coarsely ground beans into freshly brewed coffee in its own little cup. It's only 4.5 inches high, and comes with a tamper; $30 at kikkerland.com
Display all your favorite small art with the Hangit wall frame, designed by Paul Loebach and Sung Wook Park. The frame comes in natural, black, white or mint, and it features five rows of twine and 40 clips; $20 at umbra.com
Portable Bluetooth speaker
Take your tunes wherever you go with this rechargeable, portable Bluetooth speaker. The tiny 3.5-inch-high speaker offers 10 hours of playback time for each charge, and it's also completely adorable; $60 at katespade.com
Soft-sided storage boxes
Find a place for everything with these cotton/linen/polyester storage boxes. Available in nine different sizes, with lids and without, they're perfect for storing everything that needs to be tucked away. From $12 to $28 at muji.us/store
Wood Butterfly Chair
Surprisingly elegant and easy to convert from a foldable chair into a permanent seating solution, the Wood Butterfly Chair in Black by Room Essentials is made from beechwood and features decorative hardware. The seat is made from cushioned linen, and attaches with straps; $69.99 at target.com and Target stores.
Take something fun to school with you with a giant sneaker beanbag. The 2-foot-wide chair is small enough for dorm rooms and is filled with expanded polystyrene beads. The cover is made of polyester; $60 at wowworksnyc.com
Studio 3B 4-Piece USB Bed Lift Set
Solve two problems at once. The Studio 3B 4-Piece USB Bed Lift Set raises any bed 7 inches off the ground to free up under-bed storage space, and one of the lifts features two 110-volt 15-amp grounded power outlets plus two USB 5-volt DC outlets. A 6-foot cord easily reaches the nearest outlet; $29.99 at bedbathandbeyond.com and Bed Bath & Beyond stores.
Wood Sphere Push Pins
Make a point of pinning all your best ideas with high-design spherical wood pushpins. The pins even come in a reusable wood box; $5 for a set of 20 at ubrands.com
Bring a mini steamer that won't take up much space and will remove last minute wrinkles; $19.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond
First aid kit
Always have a first aid kit handy for any emergencies that may arise; $14.92 at Amazon
Tile Mate includes a Bluetooth system to help track important items, and loops into a keychain to easily attach to just about anything; $24.99 at amazon.com
Cordless Hand Vacuum
There's no room for a full-sized vacuum in a small space. This Cordless Hand Vacuum is the perfect solution. It has a crevice tool for tight spots and a flip-up brush for upholstery. From $34.99 to $59.99; visit blackanddecker.com to find retailers.
Lasko 20 in. Power Plus Box Fan
The summer months can get hot, so your best bet is to keep cool with a Lasko fan in your dorm room. The 20 in. Power Plus Box Fan has 3 speeds and is a perfect fit for a window or on the floor use; $39.98 at homedepot.com
Keep an assortment of dinnerware in your dorm room, for those days when you're too lazy to walk to the cafeteria; $16.50 at amazon.com
If you're planning to decorate your dorm, don't forget to pack décor essentials to hang things such as picture frames and posters on the wall; $3.29 at Target
This is a must-have accessory when guests come to visit; $45.51 at walmart.com
Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM portable Bluetooth speaker
Whether you're taking a shower or lounging in your dorm room, play music safely anywhere and anytime with this Bluetooth speakers; $79.99 at bestbuy.com.
Watch all your favorite streaming shows and movies with Roku; $29.99 at bestbuy.com.
Tide laundry bundle
Reduce the stress of doing your laundry by bringing all the essentials with you; $31.34 at Amazon
Keep all your devices charged and ready to use with a power strip; $5.29 at target.com
Adjustable Temperature Kettle
HOT ENOUGH FOR YOU? It's just not college without lots of coffee and instant noodles. Make all the hot water you need with this Clarity Adjustable Temperature Kettle. The clever design allows you to set any temperature between 170 degrees and 212 degrees, and the cordless carafe will keep the temperature steady for up to 30 minutes; $99.99 at oxo.com
Fakeface 4 Pocket Mattress Holder
You can never have enough storage space for all your belongings including pockets for your cell phone, notebook, iPad and more; $11.98 at amazon.com