Back To College Essentials 2020

Last Updated: January 7, 2022By

It’s that time of year again … back to school! And while this fall may feel quite distinct from any other, with some students heading to campus and some taking socially distanced digital classes, YOGA + Life has compiled a list of goods to make your transition to learning as smooth as possible and a little more fun.

Leaf People Peony Green Tea Eye Serum

The unique formulation of white peony, arnica, reishi, green tea and helichrysum (which aids the skin renewal process) was created with botanical science and western medical herbalism in mind. This oil-based product contains fairly traded ingredients, and brightens and balances the skin. Each purchase directly supports reforestation projects in Africa. $50

Pit Liquor All-Natural Deodorant

A deodorant made of whiskey and vodka? And it works! Each ingredient in this product by Distilled Bath & Body is chosen for its unique odor-fighting benefits. Ditch harmful toxins and use a natural deodorant that actually works and leaves you smelling fresh. $19.95

American Provenance Hand Sanitizer

This unscented, travel-size hand sanitizer exceeds World Health Organization standards and supports American farmers. Note the ethyl alcohol has a strong natural smell! $5 

Maloja Reusable Mask

Functional and stylish during Covid-19 times, this three-layer reusable mask sits behind the head and neck, with an adjustable nose bow for added security on the face. These cute masks are one-size-fits-all and are offered in five different patterns. $15

Icebreaker JBG Collaboration Unisex Pullover

Wear merino wool in style this season. Icebreaker has partnered with artist and climate change activist Justin Brice Guariglia to incorporate his art onto clothing like this pullover. The collaboration with Justin forms the largest capsule collection Icebreaker has ever created, with over 20 styles utilizing two of his iconic prints which feature the melting ice sheet of Greenland’s glacier.

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Solo New York Re:store Tote


Stylish sustainability starts with choosing pieces like this versatile tote from Solo New York, made from five recycled plastic bottles. With the first Re:cycled Collection product run alone, nearly 90,000 plastic bottles will be recycled, keeping them from ending up in landfills. Smart compartments throughout will keep you organized all day. $54.99

Cusa Instant Coffee

Cusa Tea has produced the world’s first cold-brew instant coffee — and it’s delicious. Their no-heat process keeps all the flavor and aroma of a fresh cup of coffee. Ditch expensive coffee makers and use these instant packs for a high-quality caffeine fix. $6.99 for seven packs 

EcoVessel Transit

This classic portable mug features insulated stainless steel and excellent temperature regulation in a sleek design. Use for sitting around the campfire on a weekend trip or for your daily commute cup of joe. The multi-position open/close slider lid and ergonomic handle makes it comfortable and easy to use. $24.95


OLEO’s CBD drink mix can easily be added to anything and rapidly dissolves in water — perfect for an on-the-go student! With no bitter aftertaste, you can also enjoy the non-intoxicating and triple-tested THC-free benefit! Plus, OLEO is two times more bioaccessible than other CBD brands, which leads to faster absorption and relief. 10 on-the-go packets $24.99

EyeJust Blue Light Blocking Screen Protectors

As we have seen screen time increased with e-learning, Zoom meetings, friend meet-ups and computer work, more exposure to blue light from devices can be harmful to eyes, sleep and skin. EyeJust makes it easy to block computer and phone screens so you don’t have to wear any glasses to save yourself from tech fatigue. Starting at $34.99 

Nature Bee Wraps

Reduce waste while packing your snacks with these hand-crafted wraps made in Canada. They are made from 100-percent organic cotton, beeswax, pine tree resin and jojoba oil — the perfect combination for sealing a bowl or bringing fruit and nuts along with you. Every wrap will make you smile with it’s unique design. $19 per three-piece pack

Honey Stinger Mini Waffles

For your dorm room and your backpack, these sweet little treats from Honey Stinger are the mini version of the classic favorite. Available in honey and vanilla flavors, you can snack on them with coffee, bring them on-the-go or as fuel for weekend adventures. $7.99 per bag

Rackle Alex Redwood Shoes

This may be the most sustainable pair of shoes we’ve tested. Lightweight and comfortable, the design uses a custom hemp textile and the lining and lacing of the upper are cotton and recycled PET (water bottles). The foam outsole is composed of a material called EcoPure® that starts the material biodegradation process only after reacting my microbes found in landfills. The result is a shoe bottom that biodegrades 30 to 50 times faster than untreated bottom materials. Plus, Rackle ships shoes in the same box they’re originally packed in — eliminating the outer box other brands use! $89.99

Feetures No Show Socks

These no-show socks offer superior comfort and a custom-like fit. The silicone heel hugger technology and seamless toes prevent blisters with the targeted compression and anatomical design. They really don’t slip! $13.99

Nixon Ripley Watch

Don’t miss a second with this dual-purpose piece from Nixon. It has a digital display for quick on-the-go checks of time, as well as elevation, temperature and dual chronograph. But if you click into “city mode” all that goes dark and you see just the three analog hands. $200

Nike Myriad Sunglasses

A daily pair of sunglasses that are fit for any active lifestyle, Nike created the Myriad to be bold and contemporary with a nod to vintage glamour. These durable yet lightweight frames will compliment any look this semester. $99 

Deso Waxed 5-Panel Cap

Cut and sewn in Los Angeles, this cap features a leather strap adjustment and woven patch label. The waxed cotton canvas holds up to the elements and can take you from class to the mountains seamlessly. It’s a timeless piece that gets even more comfortable with age. $38 

OtterBox AirPod Covers

Slide your AirPods case into a new cover for unbeatable protection with some style. OtterBox has many design options to choose from that combine sleek protection with convenient portability. $29.95

OtterBox Fast Charging Devices

Power your must-have technology — from your phone to laptop — fast and efficiently with OtterBox’s new line of power products. With high standards of durability and quality, these products ranging from wireless phone charging pads to on-the-go power banks are a must-have for every online-focused student this season. Prices vary

Salomon Predict SOC

Just released from Salomon, the Predict SOC is a smooth and adaptable road running shoe for those days when you need to clock some miles before or after class. We love the knit upper on these shoes, creating a sock-like fit for ideal comfort and ease of wear. $130

PEARL iZUMi Wander Studio Collection

Indoor cycling is a great way to get your sweat on between classes, and this collection from Pearl iZUMi was designed for just that. All three pieces in the Wander collection are made from recycled polyester, so you can feel good while you’re moving in the tank and crops or full tights. We love this outfit for any indoor fitness activity, whether your on a stationary bike or in a yoga class. Styling details make all the difference in this line, with features like side pockets on the tights and tank. $37.50-$85

Horizon Drinkware from CamelBak

Happy hour can come with kombucha or a cocktail, and this new line of drinkware is ideal for dorm living, neighborhood gatherings or weekend adventures. The rocks tumbler keeps drinks cold and is spill-resistant when closed, and we love the vacuum insulated wine keeper for making sure your vino stays the perfect temperature when you’re transporting it. $19-$35

Cotopaxi Allpa 42L Travel Pack

Every college student needs the bag that will take them on weekend adventures and then home for the holidays. The Allpa line of travel packs from Cotopaxi are a favorite YOGA + Life collection, simply because they are as well-designed as they are fun and stylish. A rugged exterior pairs well well with the suitcase-style, zippered opening inside that is broken up into separated mesh pockets for grade A organization. $220

Hydro Flask Food Flasks

From morning oats to cozy soups, these insulated food jars offer temperature regulation that protects your hot or cold food for hours. No matter how you pack it, the spill-free protection offers convenience and portability you can trust. Perfect for dorm life! 12-ounce — $29.95


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