10 College Packing Essentials
Start writing a post

Oh college, the time where everything is new, fresh, and actually quite terrifying, ESPECIALLY the summer before when you have no idea what to expect. More than likely you'll be living a few hours from home and will want to make your dorm room as cozy as can be. However, it's important to pick out the most affordable decor to make sure you don't overblown your budget on a fancy mini-fridge and string lights. Make a list and prioritize what you need to start buying first in order to prevent a large-scale spending spree at the last minute. Here are a couple of affordable dorm room suggestions:

1. Twin XL Comforter 

$22 online but prices may vary in store

Walmart

Walmart has several non-expensive twin-XL comforters available in a variety of colors and designs. I recently bought one with an online price of $29 in store for $15 so keep your eyes open!

2. Twin XL Linens

$9.99 online and in store

Target

Rather than spend $20-$40 on one sheet set, Target currently has soft microfiber sheet sets in different patters and colors for only $9.99, giving you the chance to buy an extra set without spending too much!

3. Twin XL Mattress Topper

$14.99 online

www.bedbathandbeyond.com

Take the time to invest in a reliable mattress topper to make those dorm beds more comfortable and hyperallergenic.

4. 6pk Washcloth Set 

$4.00 online

Target

Having a set of washcloths can come in handy for day to day hygiene like drying your face or cleaning up around your bathroom.

5. Towel Set

$16.99 for the set or $3.99 per towel

JCPenney

Consisting of two bath towels, hand towels, and wash clothes, this set is perfect for the typical college student. They are available for purchase separately if you are only wanting certain types of towels.

6. Shower Caddy

$5.93 online

Walmartwww.walmart.com

Especially for those living with community style showers, a shower caddy is perfect for carrying all your bathroom essentials in a portable and easy manner.

7. Door Mirror

$6.98 online and $4.99 in store

Walmart

Having a mirror that can clip on to any door is perfect for when you are in a rush and need to see a full view of your outfit for the day. Since they attach to the back of any door, they will also take up less space.

8. Mini Steamer

$19.99 online and in store

Target

Rather than having to bring out the iron and ironing board, a steamer is useful because not only does it occupy less room, it allows you to de-wrinkle clothes quickly on almost any surface.

9. Shoe Hanger

$6.00 online

Dollar General

Since this decor can also hang onto any door, you are able to use your storage for something else and not have to worry about having a mess of shoes scattered across your dorm. You can also use this to store hair products, snacks, and anything your mind can come up with!

10. Laundry Hamper

$7.23 online

Walmart

With this portable and collapsible hamper, you can store it almost anywhere and carry it to the laundry room with ease. Try not to buy a super large one to avoid crowding in your room.

Report this Content
Health and Wellness

Exposing Kids To Nature Is The Best Way To Get Their Creative Juices Flowing

Constantly introducing young children to the magical works of nature will further increase the willingness to engage in playful activities as well as broaden their interactions with their peers

1259370

Whenever you are feeling low and anxious, just simply GO OUTSIDE and embrace nature! According to a new research study published in Frontiers in Psychology, being connected to nature and physically touching animals and flowers enable children to be happier and altruistic in nature. Not only does nature exert a bountiful force on adults, but it also serves as a therapeutic antidote to children, especially during their developmental years.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

5 Simple Ways To Give Yourself Grace, Especially When Life Gets Hard

Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we are becoming.

788855
Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

If there's one thing I'm absolutely terrible at, it's giving myself grace. I'm easily my own worst critic in almost everything that I do. I'm a raging perfectionist, and I have unrealistic expectations for myself at times. I can remember simple errors I made years ago, and I still hold on to them. The biggest thing I'm trying to work on is giving myself grace. I've realized that when I don't give myself grace, I miss out on being human. Even more so, I've realized that in order to give grace to others, I need to learn how to give grace to myself, too. So often, we let perfection dominate our lives without even realizing it. I've decided to change that in my own life, and I hope you'll consider doing that, too. Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we're becoming. As you read through these five affirmations and ways to give yourself grace, I hope you'll take them in. Read them. Write them down. Think about them. Most of all, I hope you'll use them to encourage yourself and realize that you are never alone and you always have the power to change your story.

Keep Reading... Show less
Entertainment

Breaking Down The Beginning, Middle, And End of Netflix's Newest 'To All The Boys' Movie

Noah Centineo and Lana Condor are back with the third and final installment of the "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" series

781940
Netflix

Were all teenagers and twenty-somethings bingeing the latest "To All The Boys: Always and Forever" last night with all of their friends on their basement TV? Nope? Just me? Oh, how I doubt that.

I have been excited for this movie ever since I saw the NYC skyline in the trailer that was released earlier this year. I'm a sucker for any movie or TV show that takes place in the Big Apple.

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

4 Ways To Own Your Story, Because Every Bit Of It Is Worth Celebrating

I hope that you don't let your current chapter stop you from pursuing the rest of your story.

505318
Photo by Manny Moreno on Unsplash

Every single one of us has a story.

I don't say that to be cliché. I don't say that to give you a false sense of encouragement. I say that to be honest. I say that to be real.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

How Young Feminists Can Understand And Subvert The Internalized Male Gaze

Women's self-commodification, applied through oppression and permission, is an elusive yet sexist characteristic of a laissez-faire society, where women solely exist to be consumed. (P.S. justice for Megan Fox)

314456
Paramount Pictures

Within various theories of social science and visual media, academics present the male gaze as a nebulous idea during their headache-inducing meta-discussions. However, the internalized male gaze is a reality, which is present to most people who identify as women. As we mature, we experience realizations of the perpetual male gaze.

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

It's Important To Remind Yourself To Be Open-Minded And Embrace All Life Has To Offer

Why should you be open-minded when it is so easy to be close-minded?

449624

Open-mindedness. It is something we all need a reminder of some days. Whether it's in regards to politics, religion, everyday life, or rarities in life, it is crucial to be open-minded. I want to encourage everyone to look at something with an unbiased and unfazed point of view. I oftentimes struggle with this myself.

Keep Reading... Show less
Swoon

14 Last Minute Valentine's Day Gifts Your S.O. Will Love

If they love you, they're not going to care if you didn't get them some expensive diamond necklace or Rolex watch; they just want you.

304146

Let me preface this by saying I am not a bad girlfriend.

I am simply a forgetful one.

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

10 Helpful Tips For College Students Taking Online Courses This Semester

Here are several ways to easily pass an online course.

204837
Photo by Vlada Karpovich on Pexels

With spring semester starting, many college students are looking to take courses for the semester. With the pandemic still ongoing, many students are likely looking for the option to take online courses.

Online courses at one time may have seemed like a last minute option for many students, but with the pandemic, they have become more necessary. Online courses can be very different from taking an on-campus course. You may be wondering what the best way to successfully complete an online course is. So, here are 10 helpful tips for any student who is planning on taking online courses this semester!

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments