Dorm Room Essentials – Back to School Tips

Back to School Must Haves! College Dorm Room Essentials

I can’t believe the days have gone so quickly. I am now getting ready to send my first child off to college. He will be staying in a traditional dorm. I wasn’t sure what to buy for his dorm room. I tried to think of everything when I wrote this list of “Things needed for a dorm.” This list is a perfect place to start or end. It is the list I would share with a potential college student. It is the list I would also share with a roommate so that you can divide and conquer when it comes to dorm expenses. I will say the things Needed for a dorm are catered to my son because I couldn’t find the information he needs.

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The first thing you need to do is look at the room’s layout. Then you need to have your student determine how they want their bed. If they intend to loft or not loft a bed. The storage options are different if they intend to half loft a bed. I will include things to bring for move-in specifically and things needed for the student ongoing.

Dorm Move-in Checklist: What to bring to dorm on move-in day?

Rubber mallet for bed adjustment

Toolbox (with screwdrivers)

Measuring tape

Bug spray just in case

Cleaning supplies:

Wipes 

Windex

Wood cleaner

Paper towels

Dolly (or use a rolling suitcase)

Large IKEA bags  

Vacuum

Swifter sweeper

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Lockbox for important documents

Keurig

Stick vacuum

Pots and pans (large and small)

Knives

Silverware

Dishes

Safety kit

Air purifier

Floor fan or clip fan if there isn’t AC

Long phone cords

Long extension cords

Flashlight

Area rug

Futon

Projector or tv

Printer

dish rack

dish towels

led lights

steamer

Brita pitcher

spatula

tongs

can opener

salt/ pepper

cooking spray

mugs

cups

shelf over fridge

pot holder

measuring cups

over the door hooks

batteries

ice cube tray

pool noddles

personal blender

zip ties

Over the door mirror

Command strips

Rug 4×6

Paper towels

Tissue

3 drawer pull out drawers

Under Bed Storage Bags

Storage options

 

Laundry Must-Haves:

Dryer sheets

Laundry sheet 

Laundry basket foldable

 

Personal items

Towels

Washcloths

Shower shoes

Shower bag (We brought one that is the travel with the  hanger)

Some people like this

Xl twin sheets

Xl comforter 

Pillow

Mattress cover

Pool noodles if you bunk to put under the bunk

Microwave

Dorm refrigerator

What did you buy that I didn’t? What was your must have item?

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