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1.A waterproof Bluetooth speaker so you can start your day jamming out to your favorite songs without worrying about getting your phone wet.
It’s easy to overlook tasks as small as cleaning between your laptop keys when you’re taking 20 credits, interning after class, and working a part-time job on the weekends (guilty as charged). But since this cleaning gel is so easy to use — and, admittedly, looks VERY fun to squish against your keyboard — there’s no excuse to not get rid of the dirt and dust stuck between your keys before they cause a major problem.
Promising review: “I was skeptical at first, and was afraid that my keyboard would be all gummed up with yellow slime! But, the opposite happened: It made my keyboard as good as new. I got all those dog hairs between the keys! And, there was no lingering smell on my keyboard or hands. It’s kind of fun to play with, too.” —Billy
Get it from Amazon for $7.99.
10.A foot massager that fits conveniently under your desk so you can ~heel~ your ~sole~ while you study.
I, like 99.9999% of college students, didn’t have the time or money for a masseuse between trudging across campus with a boulder on my back and working out at the gym to (try) to maintain some of my health. But this massager relieves some of that stress for less than $20 — and all you have to do is sit back and move your feet across the rollers!
Promising review: “I press my feet into the product, especially the spikes, and allow it to sit momentarily. I do this for different areas in my feet, and I’m careful not to press too hard or overdo it in any way. A few minutes later, walking feels different — my toes feel freer, and my foot feels like it’s bending a little better. I believe that releasing tension in my feet may help release tension in my legs and other parts of my body. Be careful not to overdo it, and you might find it useful, too.” —User.
Get it from Amazon for $16.95.
11.A time-marked water bottle to motivate you to stay hydrated when you’re running from class to class all day.
I may or may not have been guilty of not drinking as much water as I should have been, but a water bottle this cute would’ve DEFINITELY motivated me to keep it around more. Plus, the leakproof designs means that I would’ve been able to put it in my bag without worrying about spills.
Promising review: “I love the color! This bottle is huge, but that’s the point. The handle and strap are strong enough to let you carry a full bottle. I appreciate the motivational words, and I always think about how I’m going to outdo the next mark by drinking my water before the indicated time. I use this at work and use two connected straws to drink out of it since the bottle is too deep for the length of a regular straw.” —Michelle Meadors
Get it from Amazon for $8.32–$20.96 (available in 18 additional colors, and in three bottle sizes).
12.This natural deodorant that’ll take you from the gym to class feeling so fresh, you’ll actually start believing in magic.
When it comes to deodorant, the “all-day fresh feeling” I’ve been promised always ended by noon, and I’ve been left smelling funky and feeling self-conscious around my peers one too many times. I very recently began using the Bali Secrets natural deodorant — during the peak of summer, might I add — and it has yet to fail me. You wouldn’t have guessed that I went to the gym before coming in to work, and it keeps me dry all day.
Promising review: “I couldn’t be more satisfied with this purchase. After trying the deodorant, I was immediately blown away by how well it works. It smelled lovely, kept me odor-free through a day of extensive ballet classes, and it didn’t leave a wet, sticky feeling like most other natural deodorants I’ve tried — and I’ve tried many. I will be a faithful customer for life.” —Amazon Customer
Get it from Amazon for $13.29 (available in five scents).
13.A set of cooling towels that’ll make living without an air conditioner in the hot, stuffy dorms in September MUCH more bearable.
Rocking one of these as a scarf would’ve kept me cool and made being in a fan-free dorm room much less miserable! After soaking the towel and wringing it out, the chilling effect lasts for up to three hours.
Promising review: “I purchased these cooling towels for a family trip to Disney and I must say, they work perfectly. It got so hot and they were so cool and comfortable that my daughter didn’t want to take hers off. After the park, I rinsed them off to keep them damp, then put them in a resealable bag and put them in the freezer. The next day at Disney, I’d bring the bags with us and by the time we needed them, I’d just wring out any extra water and they were ready to go. I would highly recommend this product.” —Natasha Lovelace
Get a set of four from Amazon for $15.99 (available in 12 additional color sets).
14.And this three-speed tower fan — it’ll keep your dorm room cool without taking up valuable floor space, so you can pretty much say goodbye to your forehead sweat now.
I’m not sure what possessed me to wait until my sophomore year to invest in a fan for my room, but better late than never, right? This fan comes with a remote so you can control it without having to get out of bed and stumble around in the dark. Plus, the minimal noise lets you keep this baby going without distracting you (or your roommate) from studying.
Promising review: “Wow do I love this fan. I live in an adorable pre-World War II apartment with no central AC and only ceiling fans. I could not be happier with this fan. Southern California summers are hot, but within 10 minutes of turning this on, the living room significantly cooled down. I don’t know how this is possible considering that it’s a fan and not an air conditioner, but frankly, I don’t care. It works. The fan is also light enough to transfer from room to room if need be, but considering the price point, I just may buy another one instead. I highly recommend this!” —Fay
Get it from Amazon for $59.99+ (available in two colors/finishes).
15.A hot air brush that gives you an ultra volumized look when you live that broke college student life and don’t have money for a blowout at the salon.
I’ve always dreaded the two-plus hours it would take me to straighten my hair the night before class. But now that I’m older and know better (and am better at happening upon really good products by chance), I started using this brush on my curly hair, and — whoa — I get a smooth, volumized look in less than an hour! The brush has a ceramic coating so you don’t totally fry your hair, and the even heat distribution quickly dries wet hair.
Promising review: “I was skeptical about this product, but like everyone else, decided to give it a try based on reviews, and…WOW! I have fine, wavy hair, and this is perfect for achieving a salon-like blowout without too much heat. Sectioning off your hair definitely yields the best results. But beware, I didn’t read the instructions and brought the tool abroad. Turns out, it does NOT work even with a voltage converter, so it immediately stopped working. But I loved it so much that I’m gonna swallow that loss and buy another one ASAP.” —Amazon Customer
Get it from Amazon for $43.20+ (also available in mint).
16.An adhesive shelf mount that conveniently sticks to the wall by your bed, so you don’t have to reluctantly slink out of bed when you forget your nighttime necessities.
I can’t even begin to count the number of times I’ve gotten all cozy under the covers only to realize that I forgot to grab my headphones from my desk on the other side of the room. Or maybe it was allergy season and I just wanted to keep a pack of tissues nearby. That’s where this baby comes in. The wall mount comes with adhesive tape, so you don’t have to worry about drilling a hole through the dorm walls to get it to stick. Alternatively, you can use Command picture hanging strips for a nice, clean removal at the end of the school year.
Promising review: “I bought this for my daughter so she could keep her phone near her since she has a bunk bed. The sticky pads worked well — we let it sit for 24 hours before she put anything in it. It’s a great size for an iPhone.” —Jeff Finkelstein
Get it from Amazon for $15.99.
Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.
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