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    25 Things For Your Dorm You'll Still Use After You Graduate

    You'll feel like you've ~schooled~ the system with these items.

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    1. A tool kit so you can easily hang art, curtains, or fix whatever else needs to be fixed in your dorm room...and basically every apartment after that.


    My cousin gave me a tool kit as my graduation gift, and I still use it to this day. Every time I moved dorms or apartments over the past seven years, it has been so helpful in installing so many different things. Because I love it so much, it has now became my mom's go-to graduation gift when she gets invited to grad parties.

    Promising review: "I bought this for my daughter to take to college. You never know when a tool will come in handy. It's small enough so it won't take up a lot of space in a dorm room. The kit has enough tools that it should be a good starter set when she moves out into an apartment. I'm happy with this purchase." —jam

    Get a 39-piece set from Amazon for $16.99.

    2. A desktop stand where you can store and charge your phone and Apple watch at the same time, so when you wake up and have to run to class (or work) you know your devices will be at 100%.


    Plus, it also fits an iPad so you can use it to follow that delicious recipe you found online!

    Promising review: "This is a terrific product. It safely holds and charges my watch and my phone at the same time. It easily charges the phone with case, which is important to me. It keeps my nightstand organized and my watch and phone within easy reach. You must have your own charging cables as they do not provide those. This is one of the best products I have ever bought." —Shawn G.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in three styles and rose gold, silver, and black).

    3. An under-the-bed storage bin with wheels because taking advantage of the storage space under your bed shouldn't end when you *finally* graduate from a Twin XL bed.


    Promising review: "This arrived early, and the color was even better than in the pictures. It's sturdy and yet light for moving into dorm. I love the wheels and the flexibility to use without the wheels, if desired to use in another area, such as the closet." —Kimberly A.

    Get it from Dormify for $34 or a similar style from Amazon for $19.99.

    4. A first aid kit filled with 200 pieces to help with any small injuries – from cuts and scrapes to burns and more. No matter what point in life you're at, it's better to be over prepared than to be under prepared when it comes to things like this.


    Promising review: "This is a simply designed but very useful first aid kit. It's not half as bulky as the plastic ones in stores; the material is a durable fabric with good structure. Inside you have all sorts of different bandages, gauze, scissors and medical tape and much more. I've already used this a few times because I'm so accident prone. The bandages are good quality and stick well to the skin. This is a great kit to have in a car or in a home for those just in case moments." —Dagmar Mercado

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    5. A charging hub with six USB ports so you can charge all your devices (phone, tablet, e-reader, wireless headphones, fitness tracker, etc.) at the same time and only worry about taking up one of the very few outlets in your dorm (or bedroom).


    Promising review: "This is one of those things that you don't know how much you need until you use it. Like many of you thinking about purchasing this, I used to fight with multiple outlet adapters for phones, tablets, headphones, and all things usb. Keeping up with and plugging all of those in is a hassle to keep up with in your bedroom much less if you bring those things with you when you travel. I love the convenience of plugging them all into one device that takes up one outlet. You can keep your cables plugged in and toss it all in a back for travel. You don't have to worry about making sure you plug the right cable into the right wall wart for amperage this will dynamically provide your devices with the right flavor of juice. I can't recommend this enough! Anker delivers their excellent quality as always." —Crab_Battle!

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in black and white).

    6. An over-the-door hook that's so useful for storing bags, coats, or basically anything else you don't have room for in your tiny closet.

    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $34 or a similar version from Amazon for $12.87.

    7. A reading light for late night study sessions as well as reading sessions when there's a book you just can't put down because it's *that good*.


    Promising review: "I use this light to study for my college classes—I can sit anywhere to read my textbooks and have plenty of light. I like the three different lighting levels available. The clip is a nice size and sturdy, and it holds a charge for a long time." —J. Hayden

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    8. A set of drawer organizers that, honestly, everyone should own because there's really no excuse for having a drawer that's so messy you can't find anything in it.

    Promising review: "I bought this for my daughter who moved in to her college dorm to help her keep the limited dresser drawer space organized. She says that it's great for keeping her things organized but also helpful to see when she's running low on underwear or socks and needs to get a load of clothes done!" —Lori B.

    Get the set of four from Amazon for $14.87 (available in gray and brown).

    9. A splurge-worth essential oil diffuser every minimalist will love for its design and everyone else will love for its ability to bring the smell of their home state or city without burning a candle.


    Get it from Homesick for $89.95 plus $9.95 for every fragrance (available in 25 scents).

    10. A white noise machine to help you sleep soundly no matter what kind of noise is going on around you. Once you try this baby, you'll never go back to sleeping without it.


    It has fan sounds and 10 ambient noise choices. It also works with a USB or AC power cords and has a timer so it can turn off on its own.

    Promising review: "I tried a few different noise machines in my dorm room because I’m a light sleeper, and this one was the only one that helped me. I don’t need earplugs anymore because this helps me zone out and fall soundly asleep. If you live in a loud living situation like a dorm or sleep next to someone who snores, this is so helpful!" —Margaret

    Get it from Amazon for $46.57+ (available in two styles and five colors).

    11. A foot and shoe deodorizer because you don't want any room, especially a dorm room, to smell like feet.


    Promising review: "I was very hesitant because I am somewhat on the cheap side, especially with things like this. But I am happy I ordered. When opening the lid, you smell tea tree oil and peppermint, and I sprayed it in slippers, and it automatically took the stinky smell away. I love this stuff, and I will be buying more doesn't matter the price! I need to add that I bought some spray with EXACTLY the same ingredients, and it made the smell worse, so now I've learned to not always go on the cheaper side of things." —Ashley

    Get it from Amazon for $12.82+.

    12. A letter board that allows you to switch the message on it whenever you feel like it. The possibilities are endless.


    Promising review: "It's a really cute board with a lot of letters, numbers, and symbols. I was worried it wouldn't have enough letters to spell any longer messages, but it has a ton, and the board is plenty big." —Ava

    Get it from Target for $12.99 (available in six colors).

    13. Some velvet hangers so you can take advantage of every inch of closet space you have in your dorm. Plus, once you try these, you'll never want to use another type of hanger again.

    Promising review: "I bought two sets for my small dorm closet. They really do save a lot of space, and they're very inexpensive compared to what other stores are selling. I love it. I also like how my shirts with bigger necklines or my delicate tops don't fall off." —Too Ironic for Reality

    Get a pack of 30 on Amazon for $15.99 (available in black, grey, and, beige, and in 50- and 100- pack).

    14. A reading pillow that'll be just as useful while cramming for your physics final as it will be when you cram an entire season of Schitt's Creek into one day.


    Promising review: "I bought two of these for my twins who were going off to college. They absolutely love them! They use them for sitting on their bed while reading or working on their laptops, and they also use them on the floor for when friends are hanging out in their dorm room. I will be buying one for my other daughter next year when she goes off to college. It's a good product!" —michele

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in three sizes and in grey and blue).

    15. A collapsable laundry basket because these things are so big and bulky, you should be able to fold them up and put them away when you're not using them.


    Promising review: "This laundry basket is for my college-bound grandson. It is so handy when collapsed because it can be stored underneath his bed. It is easy to open when needed for transporting clothes back to the dorm and large enough to hold everything." —mystery

    Get it from Amazon for $25.76 (available in two sizes seven colors).

    16. A full length mirror so you can get dressed in the morning and actually see if your outfit looks okay before you head out the door.


    Promising review: "This is a good quality mirror. It was easy to hang. The best part is my daughter can take it with her to college. From over the door at home, in the back seat, and then over the door in her dorm room." —Jo from NY

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in three sizes and five colors).

    17. A water pitcher designed to give you clean and fresh (and also cold!) water whenever you need it.


    Promising review: "As a broke college student, clean water was essential. I love this. It is my most valued asset in life." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99.

    18. A customizable pillow because leaving your childhood pet is really hard, and it will be a nice reminder you can take with you as the years go on.


    Get it from CartoonGreat on Etsy for $25.98+ (available in 12 to 28 inches).

    19. A pair of noise cancelling headphones because living with a roommate is hard. Actually, just living with people is hard and sometimes you just need silence.


    Promising review: "If you are looking for noise cancellation above all else, as I was, these are the headphones to buy. I am a college student and these headphones have TRANSFORMED my studying. I can finally focus on my work rather than the countless disruptions around me. I am not a headphones person, but I barely use my air pods anymore because the BOSE are so comfortable and practical. The price point is intimidating, and this really was an investment, but they are worth every penny." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $349 (available in black, silver, and rose gold).

    P.S. These were our pick for best high end noise cancelling headphones on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    20. A bluetooth speaker so you can jam out whenever and wherever you want.


    Promising review: "I did a TON of research and comparisons on portable speakers with Bluetoooth capability before purchasing, and I would certainly buy this one again! The sound quality is excellent. It automatically pairs with devices it has previously paired with, and it's loud! It sounds excellent at max volume, which seems rare with speakers at this price point. I have not tested just how waterproof this speaker is, but I am confident it will be just fine. They send a floating device with it as well. Excellent product and value!" —Kyle

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99+ (available in orange, deep orange, and green).

    P.S. This was our pick for best low price bluetooth speaker on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    21. A jewelry stand that will not only keep your necklaces and bracelets organized, but also display them as a type of decor.


    Promising review: "This necklace hanger is JUST what I needed for college. It has plenty of space to hang necklaces of all lengths, and it even has space on the bottom for earrings, rings, etc. The color is also SUPER cute and trendy!! I’m in love with it 🤩—Amelia B.

    Get it from Dormify for $20 or a similar one from Amazon for $20 (available in silver and gold).

    22. An iron because you never know when you're going to have an impromptu yet important presentation or interview and you don't want to show up like a disheveled mess with wrinkled clothes.


    Promising review: "I used to have a cheap iron that I bought from a local appliance store, but the minerals blocked the internal tubes and neither the steam function or the spray function worked anymore. So I decided to spend the big bucks and get this Black & Decker, and I was not disappointed. Shelling out almost $50 for an iron was a big investment, especially for a college student, but I'm confident that this will last me several years. The iron is heavy, which is great for straightening out clothes, and there is no dripping when using the steam function. I haven't had any trouble with the cover as some other reviewers have mentioned." —C. Park

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in gray and blue).

    23. And a mini ironing board designed for small dorms and apartments because you really don't need a full-size one until you live in a house (maybe).


    Promising review: "This is perfect for a dorm or smaller apartment. It does not look cheap, even though the price is. You just set it on a table, and you're ready to iron. Once you're done, hang it up in your closet." —Aleksandra Plewa

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in white/gray and blue).

    24. A lap desk so your computer doesn't have to sit directly on your legs, get hot, and start to sound like an airplane is taking off. You know the sound I'm talking about...


    Promising review: "This fits my needs perfectly! I have been looking for a lightweight lap desk with a lid so I can keep pens, post-its, notepads, etc. inside and have them on hand when I need them. The interior is roomy enough to hold what I need, and I TRULY appreciate the sections on the side for pens so they aren't rattling around and rolling under the rest of the items in the desk. It's perfect for working at home!" —Cyberlearn

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    25. And an ottoman with sneaky storage you can use as a seat, foot rest, *and* a place to store belongings.


    Promising review: "This ottoman is very easy to set up and can be folded back into a small bundle. It looks very good and seems quite sturdy. The color (navy linen) is true to the illustration. The top is nicely padded and there is a lot of storage space in it too. It looks very nice. It might be nice if there were some kind of handle inside to make moving it easier when you have items in it, but I can't think of anything I don't like about it." —Joy Weisbecker

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99 (available in three sizes and nine colors).

    Me thinking about never having to sleep in a twin XL bed again:

    Home Box Office (HBO)

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