I agree on the high quality headphones. We also did tons of comfy sweats--that's pretty much all he wears for class. I agree on the gear--picked my 2018 up for dinner shortly after he arrived at school and my heart sank wondering how much he spent on the cool new shoes. They came from the school, along with his personalized glove. This says something about me as a parent, but the Christmas before the kids left for college was when they got their first TV sets for their rooms, gas cards and gift cards, cause he didn't have time to work, some quality headphones, etc., and a sport coat, good slacks and tie to wear for alumni events when they travel.