34 Items To Consider Before Heading Back To The Dorms
Into the thick of it, into the thick of it... (ugh)
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1. A portable lockbox complete with a chain that you can secure to your bike, backpack, or bench at the football games. You can fit your car keys, cellphone, cash, GoPro camera, or even your medicine inside for safe keeping at college events or soccer practice.
3. A 24-pack of BIC mechanical pencils ideal for heavy writers or anyone planning on taking statistics this semester.
4. And, a pack of Bic gel pens in case you're the type of student that needs to use a different color for each chapter heading in their notes to unlock maximum study efforts. #ItMe — I am that student. 🙋🏽♀️
5. An adorable bookmark book tracker to motivate you to actually complete that reading list for your creative writing class just so you can fill in your little bookshelf.
6. A Kindle Paperwhite that college students say not only has an enormous amount of battery life, but also lightens the load of their bag by allowing them to read ePub and PDF versions of their textbooks (which are also much cheaper than the physical versions). Reviewers also say it helps reduce eye strain and fatigue.
7. A Command hook because you could always use more storage. You can use these for your towels or sweatshirts without having to worry about damaging the wall on move-out day.
8. A pack of microwave cleaning wipes to get rid of the dirt and grime spillage after your ham and cheese Hot Pocket blows its top in the 'wave.
9. A fizzing Johnny Drops because sharing a communal space can get really messy really fast. You can just ~drop~ this in the toilet to help keep things tidy.
10. A copy of Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day filled with simple yet cost-effective recipes, ideal for college students trying to survive on a budget or people new to cooking looking to expand their meal portfolio.
11. A roll-on migraine stick because you've put off a few required classes but now you're carrying a full load this semester. Stay hydrated and get plenty of rest — but in case you come down with a bad case of the headaches, this migraine stick may provide you with some quick relief.
12. A bottle of stain remover to keep your clothes as clean as possible in between trips to the campus laundry room. You can't fit all your favorite tees in your closet, so you gotta make the ones you have last at least through the semester.
13. A 32-inch Insignia Fire TV for in-room entertainment that you can share with you roomie. Grab some popcorn and gather around for a binge-watch session of Never Have I Ever.
14. A T-shirt roll holder to save drawer space. All you have to do is roll your tee, and insert it into the designated space. It also looks really cool and makes it easier to admire your vast collection throughout the day.
15. A dry wash spray that'll keep your clothes smelling clean even when you haven't exactly had the time to do laundry. A true lifesaver come ~finals week.~
16. Earbud cleaning putty in case you've been wondering why your sound quality has slowly been declining. It's not the buds, it's the gunk left inside of them. Try not to be totally grossed out by what comes out of them. You'll be pleased the next time the beat drops.
17. A USB wall charger and surge protector because you can never have enough outlets. You don't want a blow out when you try to charge your MacBook and blow dry your hair at the same time. This is a dorm room must-have in my book.
18. A double-sided laptop cleaner to clean the crumbs out of your laptop keyboard after a late night study session fueled by Cheetos and lattes.
19. A eucalyptus lavender pouch that'll add aromatherapy goodness to your routine shower and open your sinuses and lungs to reduce the symptoms of allergies. And it's cute little pouch makes it easy to carry to and from the showers.
20. A tea mug complete with infuser and lid — everything you need to keep you warm and cozy during winter semester. It'll come in handy on sick days when you're missing the comfort of home.
21. A room step trash can to help keep your space as tidy as possible. It'll be helpful in avoiding those roommate squabbles about whose mess belongs to whom.
22. An unbreakable dinnerware set because stocking up on a bunch of paper plates and cups might be easy as far as cleanup, but having this lightweight set of dishes is both better for the environment and easier on the wallet.
23. A Keurig coffee maker reviewers say would be perfect for a college student's dorm. Not only can you have a fresh cup of coffee at your fingertips, but it'll also cut down on what could amount to costly trips to the nearest coffee shop. Even student store coffees add up.
25. An eight-piece bath towel set designed with a convenient loop at the corner that you can easily hang on a hook.
26. A reusable water with little time markers along the bottle so you'll remember to keep up with your hydration in between coffee dates and study groups in the quad.
27. An acrylic memo board that'll help you communicate with your new roomies and keep everyone on track. Or, you can keep one in your room to check before class to make sure that you don't forget the notes to your speech presentation before your next debate.
28. A shower tote with seven pockets — plenty of room to carry all of your shower essentials. It also has a large pocket in the center, perfect for your drying towel.
29. A portable steamer because dressing for success is half the battle. You can effortlessly steam out those wrinkles on your fave tee you just found crumpled up in the corner of your room.
31. A slim rolling laundry basket to help ~laundry day~ go a little easier. This rolling laundry basket is so thin it can easily slide into little gaps of available space in your dorm room.
32. And, a drying rack because as most college students have found out, the university dryer isn't always efficient. Plus, a drying rack is the best way to dry those less expensive shirts that tend to shrink up to the size of a Troll's belly top in the dryer.
33. A tufted headboard you can hang behind your bed to snazz up what could be an otherwise drab room. It's shimmery, shiny, and comfy, which will be beneficial on the days when you'd rather write your term paper from the comfort of your sheets.
34. A hypoallergenic, waterproof mattress protector because you don't know your mattress's past. Better safe than sorry! Allergy sufferers will find this protector especially useful as it protects against dust mites and allergens.
The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.