30 Dorm Items You Might Overlook (But Need)

30 dorm items you might overlook but need, college, move in, freshman

30 Dorm Items You Might Overlook (But Need)

I am a sophomore, but I’m still figuring these things out. I continue to forget stuff at home I need. (Happens every year.) That’s why I made this quick list of items that aren’t the first to come to mind when packing for the big college move-in day! Although, they are high up on the necessary items list we just often forget about or don’t think we will need. Hopefully you’re reading over these at the start of the school year, and not midway through when you’re only then beginning to realize what you’ve been missing out on this whole time.

  1. personal vacuum  (more convenient than any campus-provided one)
  2. organizing bins
  3. fans  (my dorm has little to no A/C…yikes)
  4. clothes drying rack  (why wait/pay for a dryer?)
  5. mattress topper/pad  (the beds are basically large bricks, make it homey)
  6. shower shoes  (do. not. forget.)
  7. nail clippers  (didn’t think about these, did you!)
  8. wet wipes  (’cause paper towels aren’t always going to do it)
  9. extra towels  (you will need to shower more than you think)
  10. extra blankets
  11. extra sheets set  (switch them out often, please)
  12. stain remover  (are you proud, Mom?)
  13. mini fridge (the shared kitchen fridges will stink up all your food!)
  14. printer  (and ink! why overpay to print elsewhere?)
  15. floss  (even though you don’t do it at home, do it here)
  16. shoe organizer
  17. first aid kit
  18. air freshener  (dorm rooms smell)
  19. weighing scale  (avoid freshman fifteen)
  20. tupperware  (but save your leftovers!!)
  21. hand sanitizer  (college is gross)
  22. curtain rod  (because the blinds aren’t always dependable)
  23. Keurig  (immediate caffeine.)
  24. shower caddy  (keep it all in one place!)
  25. utensils
  26. travel mug  (caffeine…on the go.)
  27. shower radio  (can’t have hall mates hear you shower sing)
  28. tapestry/wall posters  (cover up the bareness and tact holes!)
  29. desk lamp
  30. water purifier  (access to clean water all the time)


Great! Now that you’ve got the essentials (and forgotten essentials) packed or on a purchase list… you’re basically ready for Calculus III and every other college obstacle thrown at you.

4 thoughts on “30 Dorm Items You Might Overlook (But Need)

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