7 Commonly Overlooked Dorm Room Necessities

You survived the college application process…

You’ve been accepted to the college of your choice…

You have your financial aid packet in order…

Now it’s time to pack for the dorms.

When packing for college, it’s important to distinguish between necessities and accessories. Some college-bound high school students get so caught up on dorm room accessories – posters, photos, and other wall décor – that they can sometimes overlook the necessities.

In this post, I’ll share with you 7 dorm room necessities that you’ll need to adjust to dorm life from day one. Remember, you can always add cool decorations later

  • Hangers – You packed your whole closet, but now you don’t have anything to hang your clothes on. Don’t forget to bring hangers with you. You don’t want to be the roommate who has to shove all of your clothes in the back of your closet on the floor. Since your closet will likely be tiny, you might also want to invest in some of those hangers that allow you to hang multiple items to save some space.
  • Computer Accessories – It’s unlikely that you’ll forget your laptop, but did you remember to bring all of your computer accessories that you’ll need to make your life easier? Here’s some computer accessories that you might want to add to your list: printer, USB drive, an extension cord with surge protector, laptop lock, mouse, and mouse pad.
  • Shower Shoes – There’s no other way to put it – dorm room showers are pretty gross, so having a pair of shower shoes (flip flops) are absolutely necessary. Who knows what goes on in those dorm showers and what kind of germs or bacteria might be lurking there, so better safe than sorry. Trust me, you’ll thank me later.
  • Lamp – Dorm rooms tend to either be pretty dim or have the “florescent lighting” that a lot of students complain about, so it’s probably a good idea to bring a lamp (or two). Lamps serve multiple purposes. What if your roommate wants to turn off the main light to get some sleep, but you’ve still got some homework to complete? A small desk lamp will do the trick. You’ll be able to get your homework done, without upsetting your roommate.
  • 2 Sheet Sets – Everyone will remind you to bring XL sheets, but they’ll rarely suggest that you bring more than one set. Remember, your dorm room will be small, so your bed will be multi-functional. You’ll not only sleep there, but you’ll likely eat there, do your homework there, and your friends might even use it as a sofa when they stop by to visit. You’ll want to have more than one pair of sheets so you can change them often and not worry about constantly doing laundry.
  • Umbrella – You wake up for class and it’s raining…but you don’t have an umbrella, bummer. When you moved in, it was late August or early September and sunny, but now it’s Spring and things have changed. To avoid the hassle, be sure to pack an umbrella when you leave for college. It’s just not worth the extra trip to Wal-Mart or Target later in the year.
  • Shower Caddy – It’s unlikely that you’ll forget your essential toiletries – soap, deodorant, lotion, etc., but do you have something to carry it in? There’s nothing worse than having to carry all of your toiletries in your hand to the bathroom. Don’t forget to purchase a shower caddy before heading off to college. It will make your life a whole lot easier.

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Lauren Anderson is a certified school counselor who's passionate about helping students all over the world successfully transition from high school to college! After spending 6 years as a business professional, she obtained her Master’s degree in School Counseling and now spends her spare time helping students.

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