If you’re an eager incoming freshman, anxiously collecting dorm supply lists like I was a year ago, you’ve stumbled upon the right blog post.
Practically all of the dorm checklists I’ve gone through list the same things: twin xl bedding, a mattress topper, a shower caddy, hamper, etc. When I finally did arrive to college however, I realized these lists often miss a lot of important and practical items, which I ended up having to buy or get shipped to me from my parents.
So to help you out, I’ve created a list of all the items that are often forgotten by college students or are missing from the usual dorm essentials checklists. I also made a separate list containing the items I bought but DIDN’T use/viewed as an unnecessary purchase and will be posting that on my blog sometime soon.
1 ) Keurig
My roommate and I absolutely adored the heck out of our Keurig. That machine was used numerous times in the day and was often something I looked forward to using. Instant hot chocolate after a stressful day? Um, yes! You may not think you need it, but I have no clue what I would’ve done without it. Yes, you can survive without one, but it’s so convenient to have access to hot water, without having to leave the comfort of your dorm. Trust me, you’ll love your Keurig during finals week, when it’s midnight and you’re cramming and desperately need some coffee to keep you awake. It’s totally worth it.
2) White Board
White boards can be useful to both you and your roommate. You can use them to list your schedules, to-do lists, grocery lists, etc.
3) Brita Filter
I didn’t think I would need it, but I bought one anyway. A Brita filter may not seem necessary, but it’s a smart choice if you don’t want to buy plastic water bottles everyday! Also, you’re helping the environment, so go you!
4) Full Length Mirror
I went the entire school year without one, but I really wish I had just bought one. (The only issue was I had no clue where it would’ve fit in my room, tbh.) Having a full length mirror in my dorm would have saved me so many awkward trips to the bathroom to try on my outfits.
5) First aid kit
This one’s a no brainer, yet I was the only one of my friends who brought one! It doesn’t have to be huge or anything, just get one with at least a few band-aids and some Neosporin.
6) Wrinkle Spray
DO IT. Wrinkle spray is a lifesaver when you’re a)unable to fold your clothes directly after they got out of the dryer or b) you’re just feeling lazy.
7) Command Strips
Command strips are incredibly useful if you want any type of decoration in your room, without damaging your walls.
8) Shoe Organizer
If you don’t want a messy pile of shoes laying on the bottom of your closet, buy a shoe organizer. I used a hanging one from Ikea! Also, don’t trust the Target hanging shoe organizers! I bought one and it was literally torn up within the first week of school.
I so wish I had brought a fan with me. For an entire quarter, my hall completely turned off the air conditioning and my room felt like a literal sauna. It was so uncomfortable!
10) Cleaning Supplies
When you get to your dorm on move-in day, you are going to need cleaning wipes. Trust me. The dorms are quite disgusting (just think about all the people who’ve lived there before you), so cleaning wipes are a must-have. It also helps to have a mini vacuum!
11) Air Fresheners
I used this thing called an AirMoji, which was basically a rechargeable scented air freshener. At home, I use a Scentsy, which is a scented wax burner, but because candles and wax burners are banned in dorms, my AirMoji was the next best thing! It totally did the job and left my room always smelling fresh and tropical.
GET THIS BEFORE YOU ACTUALLY BECOME SICK. My dorm was practically a pharmacy for my friends. My cabinet was fully loaded with cough drops, painkillers, NyQuil & Dayquil, and more. Germs spread like wildfires when you’re living in a building that holds hundreds of other students.
13) A weekender bag
Having a good-sized duffle bag or suitcase is a must! You never know when you’ll go on a quick weekend vacation with your friends or a quick trip home to your family.
I hope this list is helpful! I’ll have more college related posts, like a list of items I wish I didn’t bring to college, a clothes guide, and more in the upcoming weeks! Stay tuned 🙂