As high school seniors are deciding where they're attending college in the fall, going dorm shopping, and planning the "Pinterest-worthy" dorm room, here are some of my tips and advice on how to be successful in college shopping.
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3. Extension Cords
Extension cords are essential for dorm life! You can find these anywhere!
4. Desk Lamps
You'll definitely need one of these. Dorm room lighting is terrible so having a lamp on your desk really helps.
5. Mini Fridge and Microwave
You definitely need a fridge and a microwave. Most colleges require you have two 2.0 cubic feet refrigerators or one 4.0 cubic feet refrigerator and ONE microwave with a maximum of 750 watts. I highly suggest talking with your roommate on who's bringing what.
6. Bedding and Decor
When it comes to bedding, every bed is a twin bed. Bring a couple extra long twin sheets, pillows, a mattress pad (you really need this! It makes your bed so much more comfortable), and comforter. You can find these items at Bed, Bath, and Beyond, Target, Walmart, and anywhere that sells home furniture.
Since most freshman dorm rooms are really small (my freshman dorm room is 179 sq. ft.), there is no room for an iron and ironing board. Invest in a steamer. It's small and you can place it on the top shelf of your closet. You can purchase one from Bed, Bath, and Beyond as well as other places.
8. Over-the-Counter Antibiotics
You will definitely need Advil, DayQuil, and other over-the-counter things for allergies, colds, etc.
9. Cleaning Supplies
Your room will get messy, so you'll need cleaning supplies like Windex, Dawn Dish Soap, wet wipes, and paper towels, to name a few. Having cleaning supplies will eliminate germs and help you from getting sick.
10. Snacks and Drinks
Stock up on water and snacks in your dorm room. You can grab a bottled water and a little snack before going to class or a movie night with your roommate.
11. A Keurig
Having a Keurig will be essential if you are a coffee or tea lover for those long nights of studying or a cold winter day.
12. Mini Fan
It's no lie that freshmen get the worst dorms on campus. Depending on how old your school's dorms are, I highly recommend bringing a mini fan with you if you're stuck in a dorm with no air conditioning.
13. Flip Flops
Flip flops are absolutely essential in college dorms! College showers are shared by everyone on your floor and the showers are gross!
14. Extra Personal Hygiene Things
Bring extra shampoo, conditioner, soap, etc. to school with you so you'll never run out.
15. Extra School Supplies
Bring extra pens, paper, pencils, notebooks, etc. for the semester!