WELL, HELLO THERE!
In a previous post “Your Freshman Dorm,” I talked about posting a list of “essentials” for your college dorm. These are things that are must-haves for your dorm, or things that I’ve found I needed in school!
If you want to see how I organized all of these things with a nice spreadsheet, scroll on down to the end!
Let’s start with the unexpected:
- -A FAN!!!!! I was not prepared for it, but it was hot. No A/C.
- -A refillable, filtered water bottle. Brita makes a great one. In my dorm, our mini-fridge was too small to hold gallons or jugs of water, and getting a lot of water bottles is expensive! This is great to have.
- -Batteries- you never know.
- -Light bulbs. My freshman dorm didn’t have overhead lighting, and what are you gonna do when your lamp bulb goes out Luckily, we both had lightbulbs!
- -For doing laundry, I would recommend getting laundry detergent pods. They’re super easy and you just throw them in!
- -A lap desk. There were so many times I would eat in bed while doing some homework. I used the lap desk as a little table off to the side so that I could have my computer on my lap!
- -Swiffer. Not a mop, not a broom! A wet broom? It picks stuff up- trust me, it gets DUSTY in there.
- -Disinfecting surface wipes. Sooo convenient if you’ve got a bathroom to clean. Or even just a desk! Clorox makes them, but you can get just as good store brands!
- -Paper towels- you wouldn’t initially think of them, but there are spills!
- -TOILET PAPER: i know this doesn’t sound unexpected. But the unexpected part was the AMOUNT. In my suite, 6 girls shared a bathroom. We went through toilet paper like CRAZY.
- -Shower flip flops. Bring them. Wear them.
- -Air freshener.
- -Lint roller.
- -White board. I can’t tell you how organized this kept me. I would write out all the things i needed to get done that day, along with my schedule for the week right next to it.
- -Printer. I would spring for one- it really was so much more convenient than having to go to a lab or the library.
- -Paper plates, bowls, napkins, and utensils. I was all “nooo, I want real plates and bowls.” You will not want to wash your dishes. Trust me, disposable is the way to go.
- -Velcro command strips. Hangs up everything. Blue tack doesn’t do the trick on cement walls.
- -Along the same vein, mounting tape. It’s like command strips, but without the Velcro! Held up my pictures like magic.
- -OTC meds. Do not get stuck in finals week with a cold and no medicine. (See below for an explanation of my med kit.)
- -Ice pack/heating pad. Cramps, pains, etc. I had one from CVS that I could microwave and put in the freezer to be both.
So those are the unexpecteds or essentials. Let’s get onto the must-haves!!
- -Mattress Pad (your bed will probably not be comfortable. Bump that up!)
- -Sheets/Comforter (most college beds are twin extra long, or Twin XL.)
- -Extra pair of sheets
- -Bedside caddy (goes right near your bed so that you don’t have to get up!)
- -Alarm clock
- -Mattress protector (from bed bugs!)
- -Sleeping mask
- -Ear plugs
- -Hangers (Marshalls, I think, had a pack of 100 for cheap!)
- -Full-length mirror
- -Shoe hanging storage (I used this not only for shoes, but to store A LOT of things.)
- -Robe/Slippers (you’ll want them for those 4:30 AM fire drills!)
- -Underbed storage (I had a trunk reminiscent of Harry Potter! You can use any kind of storage box.)
- -Duffle Bag/Luggage (to get back and forth from home and to help move in and out!)
- -Bath storage/caddy.
- -Over-Bed organizer. (Bed, Bath, and Beyond sells a great one!)
- -Storage bins for over closet
- -Over-door towel rack
- -Laundry bag/Hamper
- -Towels and Washcloths
- -Laundry detergent (pods are great!)
- -Ironing board (Check if you are allowed to have one!)
- -Shower gel
- -Shower curtain
- -Bathroom cleaning materials.
- -Cotton balls/pads
- -Toilet Paper
- -Nail clippers/file
- -Shaving cream
- -Air freshener
- -Dryer sheets
- -Lint roller
- -Desk supplies (pens, pencils, post-its, paper [white and lined], scissors, stapler, white out, calculator)
- -Class bag
- -Desk lamp
- -Book light
- -White board/Cork board
- -Surge protector/Power strip
- -Flash drives
- -Laptop lock (for studying in public places if there’s a theft problem at your school)
- -Backrest pillow
- -Refillable filter water bottle
- -Water filter jug (if it fits)
- -Paper plates/bowls
- -Plastic cups/utensils
- -Microwave safe bowl
- -Breakfast foods (not things that will go stale quickly.)
- -OTC meds (Tylenol/Advil, Cough syrup, Tums, Cough Drops, etc.)
- -Allergy meds
- -Antibacterial cream (like Neosporin)
- -Band Aids
- -Ace Bandage
- -AirBorne (or other immune system support)
This is a picture of my little medical kit! It’s just an old pencil case.
In it, I have Advil Cold & Sinus, the Walgreens version of Vicks VapoRub, cough syrup, Midol, Tums, and those little tubey things are a natural immune support. It’s called Oscillo, or Oscillococcinum, you can buy it (for a lot) at Target. A good alternative to these is AirBorne.
- -Sewing kit
- -Garbage bags
- -Door stops
- -Hair stuff
- -Skin care
- -Light bulbs
- -Floor lamp
- -Area rug
Blue is “to purchase”. Gonna be honest, I didn’t end up purchasing a lot of those things. Just think about if you think you’ll use them.
Red is “already have.”
Black is “already have, and have many.” Like Q-tips, cotton pads, pens, etc.
Purple is “talk over with roommate/suitemate(s).”
I hope this list was able to help you! I also hope you have a marvelous day!