Every college has different regulations on what they allow in their dorm room – make sure you check with your school on what is and isn’t allowed.
Bed, Bath and Beyond has a great feature where you can input the school you’re going to and they’ll create a customized list for you! You can find their interactive checklist feature here.
Dorm Bed Essentials
Dorm Bed Shelf
If your student’s bed is going to be lofted, then a dorm bed shelf is a must have! These attach to the bed frame and serve as a night stand and hold drinks, phones or anything else that you would want near you while you sleep.
Don’t be caught without a Mattress Protector! This will keep your sheets safe from whatever the previous owner did on the mattress – from fluids to dust mites to bacteria, this will help protect form all of it.
Looking for ways to decorate your dorm room? Check out our post on Dorm Room Decorations!
Dorm Bath Supplies
Shower Tote with Phone Holder
Will you be sharing a bathroom withs several other students? Do you love to listen to music in the shower? If so, then this Shower Tote with a Phone Holder is for you! Designed to keep your phone safe while transporting your shower necessities, this is perfect for getting you and all your stuff to and from the bathroom.
If your student will be living in a suite with a private bathroom, they’ll need to provide their own toilet paper. We recommend bringing a large pack of toilet paper when you move in so you don’t have to restock anytime soon.
If your student is in a dorm with communal bathrooms, then these Aquaflops Flip Flops are a must have. Unlike normal flip flops, they have holes in the bottom, allowing water to trickle down instead of getting caught in a puddle. Your student’s feet will thank you!
Dorm Room Organization
Dorm room closets are small, and clothes have to fit into that small space. Stackable Hangers combats that problem by allowing you to hang up multiples clothes in the same area. They’re a smart way to save that precious space in a dorm!
Dorm rooms are notorious for having few storage places. That’s why you need a Storage Cart to help store all your stuff! They’re perfect for food, study gear, clothes and more.
Six Foot Phone Charger
Most dorm beds come lofted, so they’re a lot higher off the ground than normal beds. Unfortunately, the same is not true of outlets. If your student wants to charge their phone and bed (and believe me, they do), they’ll need at least a six foot long phone charging cord. It’s also great for when they’re studying and they can’t snag the table closest to the outlet!
An Amazon Kindle
Did you know that many textbooks can be bought electronically for a lower price than the hard cover edition? Your student needs an Amazon Kindle to be able to take advantage of the lower cost e-textbooks. They’re also much easier to carry around!
College Dorm Kitchen Supplies
Microwave Pasta Cooker
Shared kitchens can get crowded or even close at certain hours, and having the option to make pasta whenever you want can be a huge advantage. This Microwave Pasta Maker solves that by cooking pasta perfectly in the microwave.
Keurig Coffee Maker
You need coffee to get you to those early morning classes on time. A Keurig Coffee Maker is perfect for making just enough coffee for one person, just the way you like it. It’s a lot cheaper than hitting Starbucks everyday! And if you’re planning on bringing lots of K-Cups with you, don’t forget the k-cup holder!
Whether they use it for studying or a make shift table, lap desks are extremely useful in college. It allows your student the flexibility to move around while they study, but still have a hard surface to write or type on.
Noise Cancelling Headphones
Between the student union, the library and the dorm, it can sometimes be hard to find a quiet place to study. Noise cancelling headphones ensure that you can get a quiet study environment no matter where you’re studying!
First Aid Kit
At some point, your student will get sick or injured while they’re away, which is why they need this Dorm Doc Medical Kit. Packed with essentials such as cough drops, allergy medicine, pain relievers and more, this kit will get them through most minor illnesses.
Small Tool Kit
A Dorm Tool Kit is an essential that few people think of! Send one with your student and they’ll be prepared for when something breaks or needs some assembly. They’ll also be the most popular person on the floor – few students bring one!
You need a place to store and transport your dirty laundry, even if it’s to Mom and Dad’s house! We recommend this Pop Up Mesh Laundry Hamper. It folds flat so it won’t take up space between uses, and it comes with pockets for all your laundry essentials!
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- Dorm Bed Essentials
- Dorm Bath Supplies
- Dorm Room Organization
- College Dorm Kitchen Supplies
- Study Supplies
- Miscellaneous Essentials