Top 10 College Dorm Essentials

top 10 college dorm essentials

The start of the academic year is creeping upon us. For incoming freshmen like me, that calls for preparation in more than one way, e.g figuring out what on earth to bring/buy for your dorm. I won’t be living in a dorm this year, but I’ll be living in a dorm-like situation. As such, I’ll share my top 10 college dorm essentials. I hope you find it helpful. 😉

top 10 college dorm essentials

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Disclaimer: This goes without saying, but this list is not comprehensive or exhaustive. This is my list of top 10 college dorm essentials. Your top 10 may exclude some of my picks. Feel free to share your college dorm essentials in the comments below!


These aren’t listed in any particular order. 


  1. A Power Strip Surge Protector

Need to charge your laptop, cellphone and plug in your desk lamp and fan at the same time? That’s me all the time. If you don’t want to hunt down another wall socket, or if you simply don’t have another, that’s where a power strip comes in. A power strip (also called an extension block or power block) can turn one electrical socket into multiple outlets. Surge protectors help protect your expensive electronics from power surges.This is sent from heaven, trust me. You could get one with USB outlets, too.


  1. A Laundry Basket/Hamper

So what are you going to do with your dirty clothes? Throw them over a chair or put them on the floor? (If you want to do that, that’s totally up to you.) I don’t think I need to explain why you need one of these. Get you one! Check out these cute (cheap) laundry hampers I found online:

  1. Foam Mattress Topper

This is not something I’ll be needing, as I’ll be living off-campus and I don’t think my bed will be as tired and worn down as most dorm beds. But it’s highly recommended that you get one of these. It will save you from the many aches and pains caused by sleeping on a hard, unsupportive college dorm mattress.


  1. Shower Caddy or Shower Tote

Whether you’re using a communal or private bathroom, I think one of these is necessary. I definitely need one of these. Where else am I going to but my soap, spin brush, razor, shampoo, conditioner, leave-in conditioner and gel? (Okay, I don’t use all of those all the time, but you get the point.)


  1. Velvet Clothes Hangers

I’ve heard/read that velvet hangers prevent your clothes from slipping off, and they take up way less space than plastic hangers. So if you want to maximise your limited closet space, I’d suggest getting some of these instead of plastic hangers.


  1. First Aid Kit

I don’t mean you should go out and buy a first aid kit (although you could do that, if you’d like). Make your own little custom first aid kit. I have chronic headaches so I make sure I always have some Aleve or Advil on hand. Other things you may need include antibacterial cream, wound dressing, bandages, numbing cream, alcohol swabs, or whatever else you think you may come in handy.


  1. Cute Storage Bins

These you can stash under your bed (if there’s space), under your desk, or just out in the open. Depending on the type you buy, they can also add a pop of colour to your room. They’re a really easy way to declutter your space. Plus, they’re cute!


  1. Bed Risers

This isn’t something I think I’ll need, but I definitely recommend them for college dorms. Bed risers give you more space for under-bed storage. They even have some with electrical outlets. Some schools don’t allow bed risers, though, so make sure to check first. 


  1. Clip-On Light

This is perfect for when you need to study at night but don’t want to disturb your roommate. You can also just use it whenever you find yourself in a situation where you need to read but you’re in bad lighting and you don’t want to strain your eyes. You can clip this to your headboard, computer, desk etc.


  1. Bed Linens

Okay, this one is a bit more obvious. You’ll need more than one sets of Twin XL sheets. Additionally, you’ll need pillows, maybe throw pillows or decorative cushions (just for support, and also because they’re cute) and maybe a comforter set.


And that’s my top 10 list of college dorm essentials! Depending on your circumstances, you may not need some of the items listed here, but more than likely you’ll find this list beneficial! I hope this helped you. And remember to share what your college dorm essentials are in the comments below. 😉


Until next time,

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