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In The Know by Yahoo presents the Back-To-College Shop

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With August underway, lots of folks are preparing for college. Whether you'll be on campus for the very first time or you're returning for another year, shopping for a new school year is exciting. It can also be really overwhelming. Luckily, you have the experts on your side. Sure, there are many checklists floating around the internet, but the best advice usually comes from people who've been where you're at. With that in mind, the shopping experts here at In The Know by Yahoo agreed to share the products they couldn't live without while they were in college, plus the products they wish they had while there. Grab them all before you head back to school!

Simply Essential Folding Storage Ottoman in Mint, $20

"I had a few of these storage ottomans at the end of my bed for friends to sit on when they came over. However, I also used them to stylishly store handbags, towels, sweaters and more." — Ellie Conley

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BLACK+DECKER BCRK17B Refrigerator, $128.69 (Orig. $142.99)

"A mini fridge is a dorm room must-have. Whether you're storing drinks or leftovers from the caf or restaurants, you'll definitely need this." — Moriba Cummings

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Blockprinted Monogram Mug, $12

"The best gift I ever received was a monogram mug from my roommate on move-in day. I adored drinking coffee and tea with something that was uniquely mine, especially since dorm life means sharing everything." — Sarah Weldon

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Academic Year Planner, $27.20 (Orig. $32)

"There is nothing I reached for more during my four years in college than my planner. This cute one from Papier is the perfect tool for remembering your class schedule, upcoming assignments and social plans!" — Julia Webb

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Classics Crocs Sandal, $39.99

"I always wore these slide sandals to the shared shower. They're waterproof, so I literally wore them while showering to keep my feet from touching anything gross other people left behind." — Jeanine Edwards

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Superio Storage Containers with Wheels - 2-Pack, $68.99

"My dorm room my freshman and sophomore years of college was pretty small, so these came in handy — an under-bed storage treasure." — Moriba Cummings

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Best Choice Products Foldable Portable Wooden Table, $59.99

"My first-year dorm was the farthest from the dining hall, so we cooked a lot in our kitchen. This tiny foldable picnic table quickly became the site of many joyful boxed mac and cheese meals." — Sarah Weldon

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Keurig K-Classic Coffee Maker, $99.99 (Orig. $149.99)

"I am not a morning person, so the chances of me waking up early to go to Starbucks before class were slim. Instead, I had a Keurig to make my own coffee as I got ready for the day (or to drink as I sprinted to my 8 a.m. class)." — Ellie Conley

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Whitmor Hanging Shoe Shelves, $7.99

"Dorm room closets usually are on the smaller side, so a vertical shoe storage option is a must-have. I loved using this hanging shelf because it was easy to move around, didn't take up much space and held eight pairs of shoes." — Julia Webb

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FP Movement Run About Sling, $68

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adidas Ultraboost 22 Shoes, $190+

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Therapedic Oversized Backrest Pillow in Navy, $50.99

"I dressed up my bed with throw pillows when I should've made room for a comfy backrest pillow. This oversized pillow is the best thing to prop up on when studying, scrolling on TikTok or hanging with your roommate." — Julia Webb

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Open Edit 3-Piece So Soft Rib Lounge Set, $89

"If I had known just how much I would be wearing my high school P.E. sweats to class, I would have invested in a much chicer lounge set. I know I would have worn this rib one every other day." — Sarah Weldon

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Magicteam White Noise Machine, $23.99 (Orig. $29.99)

"When I moved into a college house with six of my best girlfriends, I had the best time, but it was never quiet. I may have gotten more sleep at night or been able to sleep in longer had I had a good sound machine to block out all the noise." — Ellie Conley

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MOFT Invisible Laptop Stand for Laptops Without Bottom Vents, $24.99

"Having a standing desk or laptop riser in college isn't practical, so investing in something like this that raises your laptop to eye level and tilts your keyboard at an incline is better for your eyes, back and hands." — Moriba Cummings

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Buffy Breeze Comforter, Twin/Twin XL, $169.15 (Orig. $199)

"The air conditioning wasn't always reliable in my residence hall, and we had no control over how high the heat got in the winter. This extra fluffy, naturally cooling comforter would have come in handy at night." — Ellie Conley

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BedShelfie Essential Bedside Shelf, $44.99

"My dorm room bed was lofted, so this bed shelf (with a cup holder!) would have made my life so much easier. It attaches right to your bed and is the ideal place for everything from your laptop and drink to chapstick and homework." — Julia Webb

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The Five-Minute Journal By Intelligent Change, $29.50

"I'm not going to sugarcoat it: College was rough for my mental health and wellbeing. I've been using this structured gratitude and mindfulness journal for over a year now, and I wish I had found it earlier in my life." — Sarah Weldon

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Cozy Earth Bamboo Sheet Set, $255.20 (Orig. $319)

"I wish I knew back then what I know today about bedding. In your college days, getting a good night's sleep is so under-appreciated, so investing in some high-quality, breathable cooling sheets will keep you refreshed and well-rested." — Moriba Cummings

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Contributors: Ellie Conley, Moriba Cummings, Jeanine Edwards, Julia Webb, Sarah Weldon

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