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





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




Desk Organizer


Noise-Cancelling Headphones


Carpet Sweeper


Closet Organizer


Over the Door Storage



Cord Organizer




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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