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I recently moved to another tiny apartment again. It feels like I am moving out for college for the first time all over again. This post contains recommendations on 10 essential items for your college dorm (or apartment), especially if space is limited. These are the very items that I had forgotten to bring with me the first time I moved out and wished that someone would have advised me to bring them along!
Don’t make the mistake that I made and try to bring everything you own! There isn’t enough space for that! Here’s a list of the 10 essential items for your college dorm room to keep your room feeling comfy, organized, and clean!
1. Proper bedding
I’m going to start with bedding because quite frankly, you will be doing a lot of sleeping in your dorm room. It’s important to get a good night’s sleep rather than super terrible quality sleep.
The beds in dorm rooms are often old, tattered, and downright disgusting. “You don’t want to know what happened on there” is what my sister said to me when I first moved into my dorm.
If you’re scared of germs like me, then you should probably invest in a mattress protector. I love this mattress protector because it’s waterproof and comes with a 10-year warranty! Yay!
You’re also going to want to bring a warm duvet, fluffy pillows (if you sleep with them, I don’t), and high-thread count bed sheets. I’m a self-proclaimed cheap-ass but I still love investing in high quality bed sheets with a high thread count. I find that I actually get much better quality sleep with them, so it’s definitely worth paying the few extra dollars.
If you hate doing laundry, you should opt for two sets of bed sheets.
2. Ear plugs
College dorms are noisy and there’s going to be a party going on every night of the week. If you value your sleep, you should definitely invest in a pack of disposable ear plugs to zone out the noise while you’re trying to studying or catch some zzz’s.
I recommend buying a pack of ear plugs because these little buds are really easy to lose. And they get dirty quickly so it’s always nice to put in a fresh pair every once in a while!
Not to mention, these bad boys also come in very handy during exams! If the sound of other people twitching or scratching during an exam session distracts you, then you DEFINITELY need to buy a pack of ear plugs.
3. Electric fan
Dorms usually don’t have very good air conditioning (if at all). Especially if you live in an older building, the air circulation can get quite bad.
My greatest investment was bringing a fan to my dorm room. I honestly could not have gotten through the summer (and even fall/spring for that matter) without it!
4. Electric kettle & mug
If you love warm tea or coffee, then you should invest in an electric kettle for your room. Most dorms will allow small electronic appliances.
I love heating up a nice cup of warm tea while I study! This is my favourite mug to use as it comes with a tea infuser.
5. Extension cord
In my room, I only have 3 electric plugs in the most inconvenient places. That’s probably because my building was built in the 1950’s when people didn’t really have as many electronics as they do now.
Thank goodness I bought an extension cord which allowed me to plug in and charge up to 6 electronic devices in one go! Further, this surge protector prevents electronic devices from power surges (which could really kill the battery life on your phone or laptop).
I brought a mini-fridge to my dorm room. Even though I wasn’t allowed to cook in my room, I still liked the idea of being able to keep some of my leftovers and drinks cool in the mini-fridge.
This mini-fridge was a lifesaver, especially during exam period when the cafeterias would close by midnight and I was still up until 2AM studying!
Not to mention, you do become quite popular on campus if you are constantly stocked with fresh drinks!
7. Shower caddy
Lugging your toiletries back and forth to the bathroom is the worst idea! You often end up dropping something. My worst nightmare is having to bend down to pick something up while trying to hold my wet towel in place (especially in front of the male dorms).
Save yourself the trouble and buy a shower caddy. This shower caddy holds everything from shampoo, conditioner, soap, shaving cream, razors, loofahs, and more. It really made the trips to the shower a whole lot easier!
8. Laundry basket
The first time I learned to do laundry was in college.
I have to admit, the first time I did laundry, it was a total disaster. I didn’t know where to put the detergent and I even used the wrong kind! What’s worse, I didn’t even have anything to hold my dirty laundry in. I had to use a plastic garbage bag!
Don’t repeat my mistake. Plan ahead and purchase a sizeable collapsible laundry basket. I’d recommend a larger one if you don’t plan to do laundry very often. Also I would not recommend a mesh laundry bag because those tend to break easily and you probably don’t want people to look at your dirty clothes while you’re carrying the bag to the laundry room!
9. Desk organizer
My desk was a mess until I invested in one of these desk organizers. I love it so much! Not only is it cute but it also keeps all my school supplies tidy and in one place. I never have to go searching for things again!
10. Storage units
In addition to the limited space, most dorm rooms come with very little storage space. When I first moved into my dorm, I had brought maybe 4-5 suitcases full of clothes and was horrified that I only had one drawer to work with.
This hanging clothes storage box helped me create so much more closet space to store my clothes!
These foldable storage cubes are also perfect for storing anything from clothes to electronics and more!
This was a list of the top 10 essential items for your college dorm. It is obviously not an exhaustive list. I did not go through the essentials such as cleaning supplies, clothes, and what have you. Just make sure you don’t forget to pack these items along with you!
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