Dorm living requires household necessities in a limited space that's being shared with one or more roommates. A lot of thought and creativity goes into making the room multi-functional and everything the student needs it to be, which is their kitchen, living space, study room, and bedroom. In this post, we're covering the dorm room essentials that make living in a dorm more enjoyable for everyone involved.
Dorm gifts are a way to ensure the student has more than the basics to be comfortable in their home away from home. Some items may not be top of mind at the moment but will prove to be needed over time.
What are Some Dorm Room Essentials?
Items for keeping organized are high on the need list. They will have a small space to share with one or more people, so they'll need tools to get creative on maximizing the space. A key component of the organization is a designated space or bin for kitchen things, as they'll need a place in their room to store dishes, and bringing their own cleaning brush, soap, and hand towel wouldn't be a bad idea.
Bathroom and self-care gifts will get a lot of use. Robes, caddies, showers shoes, and anything to make using the community bathroom more comfortable is a good choice. They'll appreciate having a first aid kit and their favorite hot teas when they're not feeling well.
They'll be putting in long periods of study time, items to make this more pleasant are snacks, cozy blankets, study pillows, lap desks, and a coffee maker.
Giving the room some personality will help them with being homesick, making room decor items such as rugs, doormats, and photo frames or lights a good gift.
What Should You Not Bring to a College Dorm?
Dorms have different guidelines on the electronics and appliances they allow you to bring. Check with the dorm to see what their rules are.
Candles are most likely not allowed, opt for oil diffusers and room sprays.
1. Microwave Cookware Set, $28 at Amazon
They won't have to worry if it's microwave safe with this set.
2. Outlet Extender, $15 at Amazon
They'll need the convenience of this. Another great option for this is an extension cord power strip.
3. Long Cable Cords, $12 at Amazon
They'll need these to charge while still using their devices comfortably.
4. First Aid Kit, $52 at Amazon
This kit provides them a mini medicine cabinet without all the bottles and storage space needed.
5. Brita Pitcher, $20 at Amazon
This pitcher will help clean that dorm room tap water they may have to drink.
6. Bedside Lamp with Bluetooth Speaker, $37 at Amazon
This multi-functional device will wake them up, give them a night light, and serve as a radio.
7. Shower Sandals, $13 at Amazon
Protect their feet in those community showers with shower sandals.
8. Shower Caddy, $25 at Amazon
This shower caddy is convenient for carrying their items back and forth.
9. Robe, $33 at Amazon
A comfortable robe with a fun print is useful.
10. Mini Safe, $25 at Amazon
They'll be able to store their passport, social security card, cash, and any other sensitive documents in this safe.
11. Tool Kit, $33 at Amazon
Whether it's hanging something up or putting together a side table, they'll need a small tool kit.
12. Doorstop, $15 at Mood Deco Shop
Add character to a simple item with animal shapes. Here is a regular doorstop option.
13. Photo Clip String Lights, $11 at Amazon
These lights will make their room feel more like home.
14. Doormat, $41+ at Urban Owl Home
A doormat helps make the place feel cozier.
15. Coffee Maker, $19 at Amazon
For the mornings they skip going to the cafeteria or when they have late night study sessions.
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16. Laundry Hamper, $23 at Amazon
Some handy pairings with this basket would be laundry detergent, dryer sheets, and a stain remover stick.
17. BedShelfie, $35 at Amazon
This bed shelf gives the convenience of a side table. Here is a hanging organizer option.
18. Backrest Pillow, $85 at Amazon
This memory foam pillow will be great for long study sessions in their room. A less expensive choice can be found here.
19. Desk Organizer, $19 at Amazon
Something like this caddy will keep their desk organized.
20. Rapid Ramen Cooker, $15 at Amazon
This cooker makes for a fast and easy meal.
21. Mini Steamer, $35 at Amazon
This travel steamer takes up little space and will come in handy when they have networking events, fairs, guest speakers, etc.
22. The Naked Roommate Book, $11 at Amazon
This book will help guide them through the adjustment of having a roommate.
23. Slippers, $21 at Amazon
Slippers are perfect for lounging about the room or going down the hall.
24. Pepper Spray, $19 at Amazon
For when they're exploring their new city or making midnight food study runs.
25. College Travel Mug, $35 at Fanatics
Give them a bit of school spirit with this travel mug.
26. Room Spray, $15 at Amazon
Most dorms won't allow candles, room spray is a great alternative, and this one has essential oils to help them focus.
27. Lap Desk, $33 at Amazon
This lap desk is convenient and practical.
28. Sleep Headphones and Eye Mask, $22 at Amazon
They'll want these when they're on opposite schedules with their roommate.
29. Space Saving Organizer, $17 at Amazon
This hanger organizer will make more space in their closet.
30. Personal Fan, $22 at Amazon
They'll be able to get some air when needed with this fan.
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When it comes to such a small and communal space, choose items to help with organization, comfort, and focus. Be sure to share your favorite dorm room essentials or the best dorm gifts you've received in the comments below.
Until next time,
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