Back to college essentials

It’s crunch time – for back-to-school shopping, that is. College classes start in a few weeks and, before we know I,t the students in our lives will once again be packing up theirs to head back to the dorms. Here are some picks for a smooth, worry-free transition back to reality. 


Furnishing a dorm room or apartment can be a difficult process. Our advice? Keep it stylish with Ted Baker London’s new line of bedding for Bed Bath & Beyond in a variety of colors and floral patterns. We love the Versailles Duvet Cover Set for a sleek, all-white look with a touch of opulence, or choose a floral printed set to stand out from the rest of the hall. See our feature on the collection in WAG’s August “Sporting Inspirations” issue.

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For added warmth, pick up a luxurious, 100-percent alpaca throw from Herde de Ferme, WAG’s sister company. These blankets are a medium weight to keep you warmth year- round and come in colors ranging from camel and gray to a fire engine red. Environmentally friendly alpaca fiber is stronger than wool and softer than cashmere. This throw is something that will be treasured long beyond college.

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While we’re on the topic of bedding, allow us to introduce you to Dreampad. Adapting to a new life can leave college students extremely susceptible to stress and anxiety, which can, in turn, lead to difficulty sleeping. The Dreampad is a pillow with built-in sound technology designed to improve your sleep so you wake refreshed and ready to make it to your 8 a.m. on time.

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Floral Simplicity

Since candles are off-limits in most school housing, avoid a nasty run in with an R.A. and pick up scented sachets from Floral Simplicity instead. With more than 150 variations, Floral Simplicity sachets are ideal for keeping linens, clothes and other dorm wares smelling like springtime. 

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Years of lugging around heavy textbooks in high school tend to take a toll on your backpack (to say nothing of your back), so many college students look to replace their old book bag with something new. Vessel’s high quality, sleek backpacks are crafted from strong materials to carry your essentials to and from class. A built-in microfiber laptop sleeve keeps your computer protected and separated from notebooks that can scratch its surface. For something a bit more stylish, Vessel’s selection of tote bags in a multitude of colors will add a touch of sophistication to your first day of school outfit.

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Long nights of studying (or partying) calls for extra hydration. Swig’s vacuum insulated bottles keep drinks cold for 24 hours, or hot for up to 12 hours for when you need that extra boost of caffeine on your way to campus – and, as more and more brands phase out the use of straws, a Swig bottle makes the perfect receptacle for your daily iced coffee. Swig also offers products in game day colors, allowing you to show your school spirit while sipping.

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– Meghan McSharry

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