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College Dorm Room Essentials
This post is all about the dorm room essentials every college student needs.
I lived in a dorm during my freshman year of college, so all of these products are things I know that you will ACTUALLY use on a regular basis that won’t just sit gathering dust in a corner.
These are 25 of the products I think are MOST useful for college students living in a dorm that will make your life so much easier!
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1. A Fuzzy Blanket
My dorm room was always freezing! Since we didn’t have central heating it could get really cold in there and having a fuzzy fleece blanket like this helped so much to stay cozy and warm.
Again with the freezing dorm situation, having a pair of cozy slippers helped keep my feet warm! These are especially useful to have if your dorm has hardwood or tile flooring, because that’s literally like walking on ice in the winter!
3. Shower Caddy
Having a mesh shower caddy is an absolute must for dorm living. This is where you can store your soap, shampoo, conditioner, etc. and hang it up while you’re in the shower. Getting a mesh shower caddy is important because it allows all the water to drain out easily.
4. Bed Rest Pillow
There’s limited seating space in dorm rooms so you’ll often find yourself sitting on your bed or even on the floor. Having a fluffy bed rest pillow makes sitting anywhere 10x more comfortable and you won’t find yourself trying to lean against a hard wall for support.
5. Towel Wrap
Before college I had no idea what a towel wrap was and spent the first few weeks sprinting from my dorm room to the hall bathroom trying to carry my shower caddy while clutching a towel in place around my body at the same time.
Towel wraps are so much easier. They snap in place and make it so you can walk hands-free without having to worry abut your towel slipping or falling down.
6. Shower Shoes
Dorm bathrooms are gross. Enough said. I never set foot in my dorm bathroom (that I shared with the whole hall of 30+ girls) without wearing my shower shoes.
7. Hair Basket
This is one of the best ways you can keep your dorm room organized. Have a designated hair basket to store everything like hair dryer, curling iron, hair straightener, hairbrush, etc.
8. Velvet Hangers
You might be wondering why you need velvet hangers instead of regular old plastic or wire hangers. First of all, they help your clothes stay on the hanger instead of constantly sliding off! They’re also more space-efficient which is a big bonus since most dorm rooms have tiny wardrobes. And finally, they just look a whole lot prettier!
9. Ottoman with Storage
Dorm room storage is slim so you’ll have to get creative to find ways to store your stuff. Having an ottoman that doubles as a storage bin is a great, practical piece of furniture for every dorm room!
10. Adhesive Phone Pocket
This isn’t directly dorm-related but still extremely useful for any college student to have! You can stick a phone pocket like this cute Kate Spade one to the back of your phone and use it to store your student ID, license, credit card, etc.
Many dorms and other campus buildings require you to swipe your student ID to get in, so this is the perfect way to keep your ID on you at all times and avoid having to dig around in your purse or backpack for it.
11. Food Storage Organizer
You’ll definitely want a place to store your food if you plan on keeping it in your dorm! I personally did not keep food in my dorm room but my roommate did and she used this plastic food storage organizer that worked like a charm.
12. Bedside Tray
If you have lofted beds or bunk beds in your dorm room, then you won’t be able to use a nightstand. A bedside tray is the perfect alternative to keep important things close to you at night. You can use it to hold your phone, glasses, water bottle, medication you need to take before bed, etc.
13. Extra Long Charging Cords
This is another great thing to have if your dorm room has lofted beds like mine did. You can still charge your phone or laptop while you’re in bed by using extra long charging cords.
14. Power Strip
While we’re on the topic of electronics, power strips are a MUST! Most dorm rooms only have a couple outlets and they’re usually in the worst places (like jammed behind your bed frame or another heavy piece of furniture.) A power strip will make it so you can easily plug in all your essentials like desk lamp, phone charger, laptop charger, printer, and so on.
15. Small Vacuum
My dorm room had tan carpet so it was VERY evident when the floor was dirty. Regardless of what kind of flooring your dorm has, you’ll want to make sure you can keep it clean which is where a small compact vacuum comes in handy.
Most dorm halls don’t have any communal cleaning supplies, so you will need to bring your own. People were always asking to borrow mine and my roommate’s vacuum! The great thing about this vacuum is that it’s so small you can easily store it in your room without taking up too much space.
16. Shoe Organizer
There is very little built-in storage in dorm rooms so you have to get creative to stay organized. An over the door shoe organizer like this is the perfect thing to hang over the door of your closet or wardrobe.
A lot of people say you don’t need to need to bring a printer to college but I disagree! Having a printer in my dorm room was a lifesaver on many occasions. Printing in the library or classroom buildings could be a hassle if there was a line or the printer was broken, and sometimes I didn’t have time to find a printer on campus before going to class.
18. Command Hooks
If you want to hang anything on the walls of your dorm (photos, art, hanging storage, etc.) then you will need to use command hooks or command tape. Dorms don’t allow you to use nails or tacks in the wall, and regular tape will often strip the paint from the wall so command hooks/tape are your best bet.
19. Floor Lamp
My roommate and I NEVER turned on the lights in our dorm room because we couldn’t stand how harsh the fluorescent lights looked. Instead we each had a floor lamp which combined with our desk lamps and keeping our window shades open kept the room bright and cozy.
20. Desk Organizer
Trust me, you will want to have a way to keep your dorm desk from getting cluttered and messy! A desk organizing set like this is the perfect way to keep track of all your papers, school supplies, etc.
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