8 Dorm Room Items You Can’t Forget To Buy

It’s late afternoon and everyone’s parents have finally left the dorms.

Your life as a college student stretches before you as you unpack box after box of clothes, books and all the things the Bed Bath & Beyond ads told you would make this moment glorious and bright.

You’re in the process of hanging up a really awesome glow in the dark poster when you realize you don’t have pushpins.

Well, that’s fine; your mom keeps them in the top drawer downstairs in the kitchen.


Welcome to the moment when you realize that while you literally brought all the stuff you own, you still forgot everything…

Dorm room checklists are always reminding you to bring really obvious things like lamps and beanbag chairs. As if anyone is going to completely forget that there’s a 6ft lamp in the foyer that needs to be loaded into the backseat.

The things those lists never mention are the really small items that seem insignificant but end up becoming absolute necessities.

The following is a checklist of the most basic items every apartment/dorm room needs.

  • Pushpins- I don’t even have to explain. If you have any pictures, posters or relatively light things that need hanging up, don’t leave these at home.
  • Scissors- How, exactly, did you plan to open the package of peace sign wall stickers that perfectly match your notebooks? That thing is basically welded shut.
  • Band-Aids- For when you inevitably get hurt trying to open the aforementioned package.
  • Batteries- In the age of iPads and laptops nobody even uses anything that requires batteries, but better safe than sorry. You never know when you’ll need them and chances are when you do, it’ll be an emergency.
  • Flashlight- Reason #1 why you need those batteries! And make sure you get a good one; there’s nothing worse than being in the dark with a very dim flashlight, all it does is cast scary shadows that make your trash can look like a rabid possum.
  • Lint roller- Lint rollers aren’t just for clothes, they work on couches, pillows and basically anything that collects dust and lint. I won’t go into detail, but I know for a fact they can be used as a sort of “roller broom” in case of an emergency (pita chips all over the rug, for example.)
  • Nail file- You will break nails while unpacking, and an already broken nail is prone to further breakage. Save yourself the tears and keep a file handy.
  • Air freshener- The stereotype that college dorm rooms are smelly, dark places exists for a reason. Yours may not be dark, thanks to that awesome lamp you didn’t forget about, but the smell of Cheetos and pizza tends to linger.

Moving out and starting life on your own is stressful and can seem daunting, but making sure you have absolutely everything you’ll need makes the entire process easier on everyone.

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Mercedes Espinoza

Mercedes Espinoza

Mercedes Espinoza is a senior at Florida Atlantic University pursuing a degree in Multimedia Journalism. Although reading is her first love, writing is a close second and she can usually be found with her nose in a book or hunched over a laptop typing away. Outside of school and work, she’s interested in all things fitness as well as continuing to grow an already massive nail polish collection.