The hard part of getting into college is done. The school applications are history. The admissions letter was celebrated. Housing is secured. The only thing left is to get what you need to turn that dorm room into home, sweet, home.
Not to worry. We’ve got everything you need to make this a breeze.
The biggest thing to remember is that the standard mattress size in many dorms is a twin XL, which means your twin sheets at home aren’t going to fit. A twin XL mattress pad adds softness and an extra layer of sanitation. You don’t know how often mattresses are replaced in a dorm, so you might also want a twin XL mattress protector to help guard against bed bugs, dust mites and allergens. Don’t forget blankets, pillows and comforters.
Quick-Dri™ towels take less time to dry, so there’s a higher likelihood that you’ll always have a clean towel when you step out of the shower. If you have a private bath, spice it up with a fun shower curtain, trash can and bath rug. An over-the-door towel holder is a convenient space-saver. If you have a communal bath, you’ll want a shower caddy and shower shoes.
Make every inch of space work harder with closet organizers, storage bins and under-bed containers. You may even be able to use bed risers to add extra storage space below your bed. Don’t forget a trash can and easy-to-tote laundry hamper. An iron and vacuum also come in handy.
You’re there to study, right? A task lamp will help. Choose a roomy, sturdy backpack to hold your laptop and heavy textbooks. Get an alarm clock. Even if you use your phone as your alarm, it’s always good to have backup for those times when you forget to charge your phone.
But you’re also there for fun. Make your room the place to be with cool curtains, accent pillows, picture frames, memo boards, throw rugs, beanbag seating and speakers. And make sure to have headphones so your roommate has a quiet space for studying.
Find out your school’s policy on small appliances in your room. You may want a coffee maker, juicer, microwave and blender. Check out an all-in-one cooker that includes a coffee maker, griddle and toaster oven. Even if you don’t have a kitchen, it’s nice to have a few inexpensive plates, bowls, cups and utensils on hand. If you do have a kitchen, invest in some inexpensive cookware. If you don’t want a full set, buy at least a frying pan, small saucepan and larger saucepan, along with a spatula, knives and wooden mixing spoon.
Don’t forget visits home to Mom & Dad. You’ll need a suitcase and/or duffel bag. And you’ll always be ready for an impromptu road trip!
Get ready to say Hello, Dorm with this awesome dorm checklist.