College Dorm Room Essentials
Start writing a post
Student Life

College Dorm Room Essentials

Start off the fall semester with these little necessities in your room!

15
College Dorm Room Essentials
Photo by Jose Fontano on Unsplash

Preparing to move out is a big step. 4 days ago, I moved into my dorm and felt a range of emotions.

Excited, to start a new chapter of my life. Sad, to say goodbye to my parents. Nervous, about classes and this new, strange environment. Happy, to be dorming with one of my closest friends. It's a big adjustment that I wasn't sure I was ready for.

Of course now that I'm settled in and tackled my first day of class, I feel much more at ease! College is a big step but I'm excited to see what the next 4 years of my life will be like.

But of course, I forgot several things while I was moving in because unfortunately, not everything can run smoothly all the time!

Of course there's essentials like mini fridges and microwaves but there are definitely some smaller things that are important to keep by.

Here is a list of dorm room essentials that have really saved me these past 4 days, also containing the things I wish I hadn't forgotten at home!

1. Dry Erase Whiteboard/Calendar

dry erase board with cork

Having somewhere to write down reminders, notices, and homework assignments is extremely beneficial. Keeping it right above your desk or your workspace will help remind you of any assignments or deadlines coming up, it's pretty hard to forget something when it's staring right at you. I personally like having one with a cork board because you can add pictures to add a personal touch, or things like post it notes with more reminders!

2. Brita Pitcher

Brita water pitcher

It doesn't need to be a Brita, any water pitcher with a filtration system will do the trick, just get one! Of course, water is a necessity but using tons of plastic bottles or even gallons isn't the best for the environment. Getting a Brita and refilling it from time to time is a great investment. While you're at it, get a reusable water bottle too.

3. Shower Shoes

shower shoes

I especially recommend these if you're living in a traditional dorm and have to use a communal bathroom! These can protect your feet from the dorm shower floor, which trust me, will do you some good. They're cheap and super helpful when you have a shared bathroom situation. Keep it clean!

4. Laundry Bag Backpack

laundry hamper backpack

This has seriously helped me out since I live on the third floor of my building and laundry is on the first floor. You can just put your dirty clothes in the bag and then carry it down to your laundry area. Super convenient and cheap! I got mine from Target for around $7 and it's been a great use. I highly recommend this.

5. Mattress Topper

mattress topper

In order for some extra comfort, a mattress topper can be great to add some support to your firm dorm room mattress. Memory foam or gel infused ones make a surprisingly big difference when you put it on top of your regular mattress. If you're prone to back pain, I'd say get a thicker mattress topper in order to soften up your bed!

6. First Aid Kit

first aid

You never know when an emergency can occur, so it's really handy to have a small first aid kit around to be prepared for any bumps and bruises. Having things like bandaids, ointments, gauze pads, pain meds, and more can seriously save you if the time comes. Even just to treat minor aches and injuries, this is something you should keep on hand.

7. Stain Remover Stick

tide stain stick

This one applies a bit more towards me since the other day I got sriracha on a really nice pair of beige wide cut pants. I was not happy. But when you're eating in your room and spill something on yourself, these sticks get small food or drink stains out of your clothes before they set in. You may not need it, but it doesn't hurt to have it!

8. Posters!

my dorm room!

Sababa Tarrannum

Make your dorm room feel like a home! Give it a little personal touch with some posters of things you're interested in. This is my dorm room, where so far I've added a Harry Styles poster and a poster of one of my favorite movies, Parasite. My plain beige walls feel much less barren now. It's your room, give it some style and flair!

I'm really excited about living in my dorm, but it's important to make sure you have everything you need. In case of emergencies or mishaps, keep some relief like painkillers and such nearby. Give your room some personality and keep your essentials close! Happy Fall semester!!

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Featured

Five Types Of People In Fall

From yummy pumpkin spice lattes to scary movies, fall has it all and then some.

133
Destination Logan County Illinois

Oh fall, the most marvelous time of year...right? Every approaches fall differently, some pumpkin spice-tastically and some not so enthusiastically. We can't all be Autumn lovers, so here are five types of people in fall. Grab a cup of hot coca, sit back, and enjoy.

Keep Reading... Show less
https://unsplash.com/photos/XdbUsFkAwqA

If you're like me, by this time of year you're over summer. The beach, the sunshine, and the heat were all great, but now we're itching for blanket scarves, football, and pumpkin spice EVERYTHING! As the new season approaches, your relationship can benefit from some old traditional dates and some new fresh ideas! Here are a couple great date ideas for you and your boo to try out this fall.

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

Social Media Or Soul Media

To the generation that cares way too much about affirmation.

3057
Emma Smith
  • This semester I am taking the ever so famous class, Writing 101. Walking into it, I had heard the horror stories about each major assignment. I have to admit, it’s not a class that I am fond of. But, major assignment #2 got me thinking, we had to create a research question based off of a topic that we are interested in.

Two weeks prior, I watched a very interesting documentary on Netflix. Miss Representation was recommended to me by one of my friends and I have to say the topic is absolutely mind blowing. Social Media and Female Body Image. How Social Media makes girls see this unnatural perfection of ‘beauty’ that really doesn’t exist. But female body image isn’t the only thing affected by social media.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Sex And The Church

A letter to fellow believers.

4299
Amanda Hayes
  • I know many of you just read that title and thought it was scandalous to see something so “risque” in the same setting as something holy. Well guess what – sex is part of that. Everyone seems to think they are separate, which makes since because most people treat them as though they are complete polar opposites. Shall we think this through?

Who created the Church body? God. Who created the body? Also God. If we know God to be the creator of all things, we cannot leave sex out of that equation. God created sex, people! Praise Him! Like all great things, the world has twisted and perverted it. The world has stained it so badly that even many church congregations see it only as stained and keep quiet about that part of God’s word. Many people know that God told Adam and Eve to “be fruitful and multiply” (Genesis 1:28), but a lot of people overlook the entirety of Song of Solomon. The entire book is dedicated to telling of the love and sex between man and wife. God blessed us with the gift of intimacy, one to be shared between husband and wife. Church if we teach of sex as the blessing that it is, more people will start treating it as such. If we stop viewing sex as this unspeakable act, the temptation would be lessened. With the fall of man, humans naturally desire things they should not have. So if more people speak of it with gladness and praise, and do not hide it in the darkness as if it were vile, fewer people would be drawn to it for the wrong reasons. More people would appreciate it for what it is: a gift from God.

Keep Reading... Show less
Tumblr

Chick-fil-A, I love you.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments