Ultimate College Dorm Room Essentials

Wondering what to bring to college? You can find all of your college needs with this list of the Ultimate College Dorm Room Essentials. Be prepared and start the year off right with these must-haves for first-year college students.

car packed with dorm room essentials

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It seems like yesterday that I was beaming with pride while watching my youngest son accept his high school diploma.  But, now here we are pulling out the checklist we made when his older brother headed off to college. 

Let’s face it, preparing for college can be so exciting but also very stressful. You don’t want to forget anything but it’s hard to think of everything. That is where this list of college dorm essentials comes in. These must-have items will help you be prepared when move-in day arrives.

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Ultimate College Dorm Room Essentials

Digital Alarm Clock with Wireless Charging

 Whiteboard Calendar and Corkboard

 

Desk Lamp

 

Desk Fan

 

Sheets- Twin XL

 

Comforter- Twin XL

 

Mattress Pad

 

 

Bed Risers

 

Backpack

 

 

Bluetooth Speaker

 

Surge Protector

 

 Smart TV

Iced Coffee maker

Don’t like iced coffee? Then, try this single-serve coffee brewer instead.  It would be a great addition to any dorm room.

Mini Fridge

 

Area Rug

 

Shower Caddy 

 

Shower Shoes

These shower shoes for women are comfortable and come in a variety of cute colors. 

 

Water Bottle

This 1-gallon water bottle is also a great way to stay hydrated during the day between classes.

 

Foot Locker

 

Towel and Washcloth Set

 

 Men’s Bathrobe

Woman’s Bathrobe 

 

Blanket- Twin XL

 

Snack Box

 

Lap Desk

 

Planner

 

Desk Organizer

 

Noise-Cancelling Headphones

 

Carpet Sweeper

 

Closet Organizer

 

Over the Door Storage

 

 

Cord Organizer

 

Laptop

 

A few more items that you can pick up at your local Walmart or Dollar Tree

  • trash can
  • broom and dustpan
  • storage bins
  • pillows
  • hanging laundry bag
  • laundry detergent, stain remover, and fabric softener
  • lint brush
  • push pins (for cork board)
  • stapler/ staples
  • pens and pencils
  • notebooks/ folders
  • index cards
  • post-it’s
  • paper clips
  • tape
  • scissors
  • highlighters
  • sharpies
  • ruler
  • posters/pictures
  • pain reliever
  • antacids
  • first aid kit
  • toiletries such as shampoo, conditioners, body wash, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, mouthwash, and shaving kit
  • paper towels 
  • food storage containers
  • can opener
  • disinfecting wipes
  • trash bags
  • coffee mugs 
  • removable adhesive hooks
  • umbrella
  • air freshener

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