22 Back to School College Dorm Essentials and Gear (2021)

Whether you’re an incoming freshman or returning to dorm life after a year in lockdown, picking the right stuff for your higher ed ambitions can be tough. On one hand, you want to have quality gear that won’t let you down by midterms. On the other, the inevitability of crushing debt looms in the years to come—so you probably want to be frugal wherever possible.

If you’re looking for a new laptop, we’ve got a dedicated guide that just features all of our top PC picks for college students. This guide is filled with all the other stuff you might need: a versatile backpack, coffee gear, audio gadgets, food-prep necessities, and fun tech to make dorm life more livable.
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