When it comes to moving into your first college dorm, you may know you need the basics such as bedding, clothes and toiletries. But beyond the basics, here are a few great things that will make your first dorm experience that much easier:
If there’s one item you absolutely need, no exceptions, it’s bed risers. You’d be surprised how quickly you run out of space, and under the bed is perfect for storing bulkier items such as storage containers and luggage. You can even find some with built-in USB ports – perfect for charging your phone at night!
Instead of walking down the hall to the vending machine in the middle of the night or losing your concentration in the middle of a study session to make your way to the dining hall, keep snacks and drinks at the ready. Just check to be sure your dorm allows small appliances.
If you live in a dorm with a communal bathroom, a shower caddy will make transporting your shampoo, body wash and other shower items between your room and the bathroom easy.
•Small Vacuum Cleaner
You can easily keep one of these in your closet or desk for whenever messes happen.
Small closets means it’s important to keep things organized and easy to find. There all kinds of different closet organizers out there, which means you can easily find something to fit your style and needs.
These are great for checking your outfit before you head out the door or when you want to check your hair or make-up and don’t feel like fighting for mirror space in the communal bathroom.
Most dorms have laundry facilities in the basement or in another building altogether. A laundry bag can also function as a dirty clothes hamper, and will make lugging your dirty clothes around so much easier.
If you end up with a roommate who’s a night owl, earplugs will help you sleep and ensure you’re well-rested during the next morning’s lecture.
•First Aid Kit
You never know when you’re going to need a Band-Aid, pain reliever or cold medicine.
No matter how clean the communal bathroom may look, they’re a breeding ground for germs and bacteria.
Depending on how old your dorm is, there’s a possibility you may not have air conditioning. A fan will help keep you comfortable during the hot summer months.
Outlets in college dorm rooms are at a premium, and you don’t want to be the hated roommate that hogs all the outlets.
These are great to have around for when spills happen or just to keep your space sanitized.
Organization is one of the most important skills you can master in college. Keeping exam times, assignments and appointments on a desk calendar is a good way to make sure you don’t miss anything important.
In a small dorm room where space is at a premium, storage bins are a great way to store things such as extra shoes, extension cords, winter coats and anything else that may take up excessive space.
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