20 Essentials You Need For Your College Dorm

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Moving into your own dorm room isn’t easy, especially when its so small and compact. You need to find a way to eat, sleep, workout, study and be clutter free all in one. Don’t know where to start? Here are 20 essentials that you need for your college dorm.  

20 Essentials You Need For Your College Dorm

Bath Robe

You don’t want to be walking between your dorm and the bathroom in a towel. What if you are far away from the bathroom? Find a nice soft bathrobe to wear so you will be more comfortable and secure. 

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Shower Sandals

You can never be too safe showering in a public bathroom. Its smart to purchase a good pair of waterproof sandals to get you to and from the showers and to keep your feet protected while showering. 

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Shower Caddy

Speaking of showers, it’s always a good idea to have a shower caddy. Not only will this help you carry everything to and from your showers, but it will keep all your shower products organized in one place. 

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Trash Can

As stupid as it sounds, you are going to be throwing out a lot of trash in your dorm and you wont always wants to walk to the trash shoot. It’s a good idea to invest in a good trash can with a lid (so it doesn’t smell) to save you time. 

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Power Strip

College dorms often don’t have enough outlets for everything you need, especially if you share the room with other people. Power strips will prevent fighting over the outlets. 

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A fan

Living in a closed space with other people… it could get hot and stuffy. Purchasing a fan will help cool down a room and prevent it from getting so hot. 

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Shoe Rack

When you move into a college dorm, you don’t want your entrance to be cluttered with everyone’s shoes. It’s a smart idea to purchase a shoe rack to help keep things neat and organized. 

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Swiffer

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Clorox Wipes

Once again, living in a dorm, it gets very dusty. Clorox wipes will literally save your life when it comes to cleaning. You can easily just wipe everything down and it takes little to no time.

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Air Freshener

For the most part, you are not allowed to light candles in your dorm, and it definitely doesn’t always smell like flowers. It’s a good idea to purchase an air freshener so you can keep your room smelling fresh. 

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Mattress Topper

The beds that colleges provide are often not the comfiest. It is worth your money to buy a good mattress topper, so you can get a good night’s sleep. 

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Rug

living in a dorm, your floor will get very gross. A rug/carpet will be a lot more comfortable to walk on and make your dorm roomier. 

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3-Tiered Carts

Having a 3-tiered cart will save your life. You can use it as a pantry, nightstand, organizer, etc.! It saves so much space in your dorm. 

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Laundry Basket with a Detachable Bag

Getting a laundry basket with a detachable bag will be super useful. Not only will you need a laundry basket for all your dirty clothes, but you can easily carry your laundry to the laundry mat in a bag instead of carrying the basket. This will make laundry trips a lot more convenient.  

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Organization

You are going to be low on space while living in your dorm so having organizers to put under your bed or around the dorm is a good way to save space and keep things organized. 

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Brita

Buying water bottles can get super expensive and its not the best idea to drink tap water or water from the fountain. Instead, purchase a Brita so that you can have fresh water for your dorm. 

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Lamp

When you live in a dorm, sometimes the lights are a little too much or sometimes they aren’t enough. Lamps will be a good addition to your dorm and can be used for studying at night when you don’t want to disturb your roommate(s).

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Mirror

Whether it’s a small mirror or a large mirror, it will come in handy. Your dorm (for the most part) will not come with one and you will not want to use your phone camera, nor will you want to go to the bathroom every time you want to see what you look like. 

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Stacked Hangers

For the most part, you will not have a lot of closet space to put all your clothes. Having stackable hangers will allow you to fit so much more clothes in your closet and save you so much space. 

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Duffle Bag

Duffle bags are a great purchase in case of any spontaneous overnight trips. You don’t want to carry a huge suitcase, nor do you want to carry a little backpack! 

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