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Before you head back to campus in the fall, you’re going to want to stock up on all the essentials you’ll need, from stylish (yet space-savvy) dorm decor, to streaming services to get you through those long study sessions. And this semester, you can get a little extra help filling out your college checklist from TikTok sensation Charli D’Amelio.
Amazon has partnered with a group of influencers and social media stars to reach into their own closets and root through their book bags for “Internet Famous! University” under their “Off to College” section — pulling out some of their best tech and style picks for the school year. D’Amelio is among them, and while the TikTok darling and reality TV star is known more for her dancing skills, she also knows a thing or two about what you’ll actually want to pack for the new year (boring, but necessary back-to-school essentials like trash bags excluded).
“To make a change for the upcoming school year, prepare yourself by setting goals, creating a plan, and following a routine,” says D’Amelio on her Amazon page. “Also, remember to have fun! Little gadgets or new stationary items sometimes bring me a little extra motivation!”. As promised, D’Amelio’s curated Amazon shop is full of gear that will help you stay organized, maximize your dorm space, and ease into the semester comfortably. Not only are the pieces affordable, but the collection includes picks from some of the best back-to-school deals on Amazon (even on must-have brands, like Beats).
Whether you’re moving into a dorm for the first time, or getting your commuting bag together, here are Charli D’Amelio’s top picks to make campus life easier.
1. Beats Fit Pro Wireless Earbuds
D’Amelio recommends the Beats Fit Pros, which are honestly one of our editor’s favorite wireless earbuds, too. Not only do they pack in balanced sound and some serious noise-cancellation, their wingtips keep your buds comfortable and secure while you race off to class (being sweat-proof doesn’t hurt, either). When you want to tune out, the Fit Pros also support Apple’s immersive Spatial Audio, great for focusing during study seshes.
2. Brita Plastic Water Filter Bottle
If you don’t have room in your shared fridge to make space for a traditional Brita pitcher, consider this portable Brita Plastic Water bottle. It’s designed with a Brita filter that fits in the straw, and not only makes water taste even better, but reduces the amount of chlorine in your drink. The 26 ounce bottle is a great way to stay hydrated on the go on campus (bonus: each bottle can save 1,800 single-use plastic water bottles a year).
3. Logitech Combo Touch for iPad
Tablets are great multi-purpose tools for hybrid schooling — light, portable and easy to convert into your main laptop for schoolwork. That is, if you have the right tech accessories, like this Logitech Combo Touch keyboard for the iPad (D’Amelio also recommends the latest iPad Air). Unlike other tablet keyboards, we like that this one includes a precision trackpad, as well as well-backlit keys with familiar iOS shortcut keys if you’re used to working on Macbooks.
4. Kaymey Travel Duffel Weekender Bag
A good weekender bag’s essential on campus, since you can toss it over your shoulder and take it to the campus gym, or shove in dirty laundry and haul it off to the washing machines. The Kaymey Travel Duffel Weekender bag is a no-frills, extra-large capacity duffel with adjustable shoulder straps or a double handle. Made from water-resistant twill nylon, this bag will hold up to any kind of climate your campus is in.
5. NewAir Mini Fridge
Get this NewAir Mini Fridge for your dorm to always have a stash of snacks and fresh energy drinks for studying (or to keep your dorm mates from stealing yours from the communal fridge). It’s compact enough for most dorm spaces (taking up 1.6 cubic feet), but still has a 60 can capacity and fits several different sizes of Tupperware. You even get five “set-it-and-forget-it” temperature settings to keep leftovers, snacks, and soda at the perfect temperature all day long.
6. Apple Watch Series 7
The Apple Watch Series 7 helps you stay connected on the go on campus (and will also keep you accountable to showing up to class and meetings on time). Like hands-free calendar, fitness tracker, and smartphone all in one, you can keep everything you need portable. Pick from the discounted GPS model, or the GPS and Cellular model that allows you to receive texts and calls.
7. Ravmix Silk Pillowcase
Depending on your dorm, you might find you don’t have a choice about what temperature your thermostat is set at. To avoid sweaty nights, this Ravmix Pillowcase is made from 100% naturally-cooling mulberry silk, so you can catch more Zzz’s. The smooth fabric will also help prevent knots in your hair, so you can just wake up, brush, and go before class.
8. Miady 10000mAh Dual USB Portable Charger
There’s nothing worse than your phone dying on your way to class (or in the middle of a call home). Slim and portable, keep these USB portable chargers in your backpack and quickly top off your phone 2.4 times for an iPhone X, 3.6 times for an iPhone 8 and 2.2 times for a Samsung Galaxy S9. Each battery pack comes with two USB output ports, and charges back up in five hours.
9. Touchland Power Mist Hydrating Hand Sanitizer
Say goodbye to overbearing, alcohol-scented, hand sanitizer gels around campus. Bring your own hydrating mist sanitizers from Touchland with you to class, which will leave your hands feeling soft while killing 99.9% of germs. Each one also comes with a mood-boosting scent, from Blue Sandalwood and Citrus Grove to Pure Lavender (and you won’t have to choose with this 5-pack!).
10. Bose QuietComfort 45 Noise-Cancelling Headphones
When you need to hunker down and actually get that essay done, Bose’s QuietComfort 45 headphones deliver the perfect balance of noise-cancellation, comfort, and premium sound. You can choose Quiet Mode for full noise cancelling, or Aware Mode to stay aware of your environment while you keep your tunes going. A quick 15-minute charge offers 3 hours when you’re on the go, and the plush pleather earcup cushions and headband means you can wear them all day without needing breaks.