It’s never too early to start collecting essentials for your soon-to-be college student’s dorm room. And we agree with so many experienced parents who have said “take the minimum to college and don’t overdo the spending.”
Here’s a dorm room checklist of college can’t-do-without items we know, from personal experience and friend recommendations, are useful and worthwhile.
These hooks are amazing—strong, can be placed almost anywhere, and don’t leave marks on the wall when you remove them. Amazon has an amazing selection of these hooks in a variety of sizes, strengths, and styles.
Students use their phones for everything these days and want them close by at all hours. Most dorms don’t have a lot of outlets, so best to make sure they have a LOOONG cord for being able to have their phone as an alarm to wake up on time.
Boy Scouts need to “always be prepared,” and students need to “always be charged.” With so many things that need power (phone, laptop, etc.) and so little outlets, this handy device is a lifesaver that can charge 4 devices at once.
Closet space is scarce in college dorm rooms, so make the most of it by using the slimmest hangers possible.
It’s nice knowing your student has a mattress cover and is sleeping on something clean. If you also choose to get a memory foam topper, the mattress cover holds everything in place—since foam toppers have a tendency to move around.
Students’ schedules are erratic. When they eventually get to sleep, you’ll want to make sure they’re getting a good night’s rest. This foam mattress topper will help guarantee that.
Make sure you check with your child’s school to find out what size beds are in the dorm before you complete your order.
My daughter isn’t a big coffee drinker and prefers tea, so she was more interested in being able to make hot water. It turned out having hot water was also helpful for ramen noodles, oatmeal, and even soup.
For coffee-loving students, here’s something that’s convenient to have in the room—and may even keep them from spending their dining points (if they’re allowed) or cash at Starbucks. Most dorms don’t even allow traditional coffee makers, and we think this machine is so much better.
My husband showed me this battery the other week, and I have to admit, I loved it. It’s small and light enough to carry around and quickly recharges your smartphone or tablet, so you don’t have to constantly be looking for an outlet if you’re out all day. It holds enough for four charges.
You never know how many outlets will be in the dorm room. But most likely, there won’t be enough. Also, being able to have extra outlets close to wherever you need to be—desk or bed—is helpful.
An absolute must when transporting toiletries to and from the bathroom.
Zippered mattress and pillow protectors are great for allergies.
Laundry is a necessity. This hamper has handles, making it easier to carry to the laundry room. It’s also collapsible, so it can be folded away when not in use.
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