Dorm Room Essentials

Check out our list for the perfect finds, to transforming your campus housing to a home-away-from-home.

Dorm Room Essentials

  • Basic tools

    •  Include a hammer, screwdriver, utility knife, pliers, level and tape measure. If you have furniture to assemble, a set of Allen wrenches and a drill or cordless screwdriver will save a lot of time and frustration.
  • Basic cleaning supplies

    •  Pack a caddy with disinfecting wipes, sponges, multi-surface cleaner, dish soap and glass or monitor screen cleaner, paper towels and trash bags or can liners. A small cordless hand vac can be conveniently stored out of sight and at the ready for quick clean up.
  • Wall Hangers

    • An assortment of nails, screws, wall anchors and picture hangers are great for hanging shelves, large bulletin boards and decorative hooks. Sometimes you’re not allowed to put holes in the walls, so adhesive hooks, double-sided tape, adhesive velcro or poster putty comes in handy.
  • Back-up lighting

    • A flashlight and batteries in case dorm electricity goes out. And, a good desk, table lamp or clamp-lamp can supplement typically poor dorm room lighting. Don’t forget a couple extra light bulbs!
      Extension cords, multi-outlet surge protectors and longer cables for your computer, TV or video game console are a must. Not only do they help expand room layout possibilities, but can help protect valuable electronics.
  • Totes and caddies

    •  In many campus housing, you’ll want to plan for trips to the laundry room, communal bathroom or complexes. A shower caddy can keep your essentials like shampoo, toothpaste and hair care products portable. A laundry basket doubles as a caddy for laundry detergent, fabric softener and stain removers as well as dirty clothes. Throw in a hamper or laundry bag while you’re at it.
  • Kitchen Basics

    •  Depending on how you’ll be equipped for meals and food prep, the most basic items you may need for quick snacks or meals on the go are – a can opener, cutting board, kitchen knife, large mixing bowl, basic cutlery, plates, bowls and some plastic containers and resealable sandwich bags.
  • Smart Storage

    • Shelf boards and brackets, over the door hanger and hooks expand storage capabilities and make a small space look larger. Large plastic storage containers and chest of drawers save space underneath the bed or in the closet.
  • Small Appliances

  • Mirror

    •  Not only is it useful, it can even make a small room look bigger.
  • Message Center

    •  A dry erase board or cork board is great for hanging outside on a dorm room door so friends can leave messages.
  • Step stool

    •  A small folding stool saves space and makes it easier and safer to reach high shelves or hang items..

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Published: 3/2/2020