Back to School Essentials Guide 2018 2018-06-13T14:42:06+00:00

Scholarship Bee's Back to School Essentials Guide 2018


​Ah! One of the most exciting times of the year. Back to school! Students everywhere are packing up and getting ready to start or go back to college. 

No matter if you are just entering your first semester as a Freshmen, or are a second semester Senior, there are tons of things that you will need for the new semester. From book bags to bed risers to pepper spray, there are tons of things that can keep you safe, happy, and healthy this school year.

Below you will find various products that we think are essential for any student in college. Some may seem obvious and others you may have never have thought of. Many of these I personally used during my time in college and found them to be extremely useful. Use the table of content below to quickly jump to a specific section.

As always, feel free to reach out if you need any advice and we'd be happy to help! 

Top Bookbags

No matter what you like to call it - bookbag, knapsack, backpack, or something else - these are essential to any student, whether a kindergartener or a college student. As you make your way into college, it is important to purchase a high-quality, durable backpack that will last you throughout your college career. The following backpacks combine durability, versatility, and style. Note: All of these come in different colors. Click the link to check them out!

North Face Recon Backpack (Unisex)

north face recon

North Face Borealis Backpack (Women's)

Herschel Supply Co. Backpack (Unisex)

herschel backpack

Top Speaker Systems

Whether you plan to use it for studying, relaxing, or pregaming, a great speaker system is essential for any college spot. The following speakers will work well for a dorm, apartment, or even a small house. These speaker vary in loudness and all have their benefits and downsides. Check out Amazon for more information. Get that music bumping and have a great time!

Cyber Acoustics Speakers - 30 Watts

cyber acoustics speakers

Arion Legacy Speakers - 70 Watts

airion legacy speakers

Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II

bose soundlink color

Top Noise Cancelling Headphones

A nice pair of headphones is essential for any college student. Whether you are at the library studying, in your dorm trying to take a nap, or watching a lecture online, headphones can block out the noise and help you focus on what's important. I highly recommend investing in a nice pair of noise cancelling headphones that are designed to block out the extra noise. My favorite picks are below.

Beats Solo2 Wireless On-Ear Headphones


Samsung Level PRO Wireless Headphones

samsung headphones

Powerbeats 2 Wireless Earphones


Top Mini Fridges

Many dorms do not come with a refridgerator by default. Also, most are so small that even if they did, you would have room for nothing else. That's why one of the most important essentials for your dorm is a minifridge! Minifridgers are small enough that they fit in your dorm or bedroom but still have enough room to store whatever food and drinks you need to keep chilled. Furthermore, most have a freezer section for the stuff that has to stay super cold! 

Hisense Double Door Minifridge w/ Freezer


Igloo Minifridge w/ Erase Board

minifridge w markers

Midea Compact Single Door w/ Freezer


Dorm/Apartment/Bedroom Essentials

There are lots of small things that can help your dorm, apartment, or bedroom feel more relaxing and appealing - no matter how small it might be. Some of these things may help you be more efficient day-to-day and some may just help you feel more cozier while at home. Check out the Related Items section on Amazon for similar items that may fit your personal style better!

Frameless Wall Clock

frameless wall clock

Lavish Home High Pile Shag Rub


Wall26 Dry Erase Calendar

wall calendar

Bedtime Sleeper Bed Risers

bed risers

Ikea Underbed Storage Case (2)

ikea underbed storage

BirdRock Hamper w/ Lid & Removable Liner


Rolodex Mesh Round Wastebasket


Holmes 36 in Oscillating Tower Fan w/ Remote

holmes fan

Elite Cuisine 3-in-1 Toaster, Coffee Maker, & Griddle

coffee microwave

Efficiency Essentials

College is stressful. That shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. There are going to be days where you can't focus because people are playing loud music or screaming in your dorm or apartment. There are going to be days when you just can't remember what that upcoming quiz is on. There are going to be days when you don't feel well but have to go to class and study anyway. The following items will be staples in your college career and will help keep you going when times get tough.

APIE Alarm Clock w/ Bluetooth Speaker

alarm clock

Sofia + Sam Portable Lap Desk

lap desk

Liberty DuraPlug Disposable Earplugs

ear plugs

Nalgene Everyday 32 oz Water Bottle


Lilly Pulitzer 17-Month Planner

lilly pulitzer planner

DayMinder 2016-2017 Planner


Top Laptop Cases

You most likely already shelled out a few hundred or thousand dollars for that nice laptop to do your work on. Don't let it get beat up as you travel from class to class or when you get mad and throw it around after a long day of studying (don't do that!!!). Here are some of my favorite laptop cases.

KAYOND Elephant Patterns Canvas Case

laptop case

Arkvok Water-Resistant Neoprene Case

arvok laptop case

Inateck Laptop Sleeve

inateck laptop case

Miscellaneous Extras

Here are all of the things that I couldn't fit into any specific category. Though these are last they certainly aren't least. I have found some of these to be the most useful and important things in my college career.

Compact Dirt Devil 3-in-1 Vacuum

college vacuum cleaner

SABRE Pepper Spray 

pepper spray