Wednesday, August 9, 2017

College Checklist – Dorm Room Must Haves

My last semester of college begins in just a few short weeks. It is bitter sweet but I am ecstatic that it will finally be over. However, a lot of you are just now starting college. So I wanted to put together a list of items that you will need for your dorm. Make sure you are purchasing items within the guidelines of your college. I was fortunate enough to have my own place my first year of college. It was overwhelming trying to figure out everything I needed so hopefully this will make things easier for you guys. I also included some of my personal favorites as well.

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BEDROOM + CLOSET

  • COMFORTER – I am pretty obsessed with white bedding so this White Bailey Cotton Seersucker Comforter Set really stood out to me.
  • SHEETS –  I paired this sheet set by Nate Berkus along with it. There are so many pretty colors and patterns to choose from.
  • PILLOWS
  • MATTRESS PROTECTOR
  • BLANKET
  • ALARM CLOCK – You could get away with just using your phone.
  • BEDSIDE TABLE
  • FULL LENGTH MIRROR/JEWELRY BOX – This Homegear Modern Door/Wall Mounted Mirrored Jewelry Cabinet Organizer is perfect for keeping all of your jewelry and small accessories in one place.
  • LAUNDRY BAG
  • ROLLING CART – Whether you use this as a pantry or to store your cleaning supplies you will definitely want a storage cart.
  • HANGERS
  • SHOE ORGANIZER

DESK + SCHOOL SUPPLIES

  • DESK ORGANIZER – Homework can get overwhelming so make sure you keep your desk organized and clean with one of these Mindspace Office Desk Organizers.
  • LAPTOP/CHARGER- I personally am not an Apple fan. I know, I just can’t seem to jump on the bandwagon. However, I do love my HP Envy x360 .
  • LAMP – Obsessed with this Murphy Collection Task Lamp. Talk about classic!
  • BULLETIN BOARD – This is the perfect all in one bulletin board. I love the storage cup and hooks which are a perfect place to hang your keys.
  • PLANNER – No college student should go without a planner. I recently bought a downloadable lifestyle planner and placed it in a binder.
  • COASTERS
  • FOLDERS
  • BINDERS
  • NOTEBOOKS
  • GRAPH PAPER
  • PENS/PENCILS
  • HIGHLIGHTERS
  • STAPLERS
  • THREE HOLE PUNCHER
  • TAPE
  • STICKY NOTES
  • SCISSORS
  • PAPER CLIPS
  • INDEX CARDS
  • CALCULATOR
  • WHITE OUT

BATHROOM

  • TOWELS – This six piece set is perfect for your first year. It seems a bit pricey but the better the quality the less likely you will have to buy another set.
  • SHOWER CADDY
  • BATH ROBE
  • TOOTHBRUSH – Everyone needs to invest in a good toothbrush. My all time favorite is the Philips Sonicare Series 2 Toothbrush.
  • TOILETRIES

KITCHEN

  • FILTER PITCHER – The last thing you want to do is drink nasty sink water. This Nakii Long-Lasting Water Filter Pitcher has great reviews and is cheaper than Brita.
  • PLASTIC DISHES/UTENSILS
  • CLEANING SUPPLIES
  • TRASHCAN/GARBAGE BAGS
  • COFFEE CUP – My all time favorite is the Ozark Trail Tumbler. Perfect for hot and cold drinks!
  • FRUIT INFUSED WATER BOTTLE – Tired of plain water? Grab one of these Bevgo Infuser Water Bottles to add some flavor.
  • MICROWAVEABLE GLASSWARE – This Pyrex set is my go to for food storage.
  • COFFEE MAKER – This is the best time to snatch a great deal on a Keurig K15. They are on sale for $55!
  • MICROWAVE
  • MINI FRIDGE
  • POTS & PANS
  • OVEN MITTS
  • BAKING SUPPLIES

LIVING ROOM

  • CHAIR/FUTON – Whether you are doing homework or hanging out with your roommate playing video games you will want a comfy chair. This Urban Shop Oversized Saucer Chair was my first pick for you guys.
  • STORAGE OTTOMAN
  • TV- If you are on a budget then use your laptop. If you do invest in a TV try to get one that has Roku or purchase an Amazon Fire Stick.
  • MINI FAN

EXTRAS

  • POWER STRIP
  • EXTENSION CORD
  • BOARD GAMES – Adult Charades and Cards Against Humanity are both popular.
  • EAR PLUGS
  • SEWING KIT
  • MEDICINE
  • FIRST AID KIT
  • HEADPHONES – Trust me when I say you will use headphones quite often in college. I chose these Altec Bluetooth Earbuds for an affordable option.
  • CAMERA – There are so many options for cameras but the one that stands out the most to me for college is the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Camera. This has been on my personal wish list for a while now.
  • STAIN REMOVER
  • LINT ROLLER
  • UMBRELLA
  • LOCK
  • DISINFECTANT WIPES
  • STORAGE BINS – I purchased two of these Sterilite 3 Drawer Woven Storage Bins while in college. I recently finally got rid of mine because we no longer needed them. They are perfect for all these extra little items.
  • BROOM
  • TOOL KIT
  • WEEKENDER BAG – You will want to have some sort of bag for those weekends and holidays home. I bought this Vera Bradley Women’s Weekender for short vacations and it is perfect!
  • BACKPACK – Of course you will need something to carry all of your college supplies. I chose this Dickies backpack because it is simple and goes with everything.
  • PORTABLE CHARGER
  • YOGA MAT/WEIGHTS

Hopefully this list will be of some help to you guys. Let me know if there is anything I missed. Remember to enjoy college and make the most of it. It’s a lot of hard work but it pays off. Talk to you soon!

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Comments

  1. Very detailed list. It will help a lot of students to get ready for next semester!

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