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    34 Items To Consider Before Heading Back To The Dorms

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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.

    2. A desk organizer to maximize your desk space and keep track of your supplies.

    3. A 24-pack of BIC mechanical pencils ideal for heavy writers or anyone planning on taking statistics this semester.

    reviewer holding one of the pencils in yellow with the rest of the colored assortment in the background

    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.

    The book tracker, which looks like a blank book shelf and you can fill in the names of the books on the spine as you finish them

    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.

    a before and after of a dirty microwave

    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.

    White bath bombs next to the brown paper bag packaging

    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.

    Reviewer holding lip balm-sized tube of roll on migraine stick

    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.

    a before photo of a white shirt with ponzu sauce and hot sesame oil spilled on it and an after photo of the white shirt that looks brand new with no stain

    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.

    My closet door closed with several shirts hanging from a hook at the top of the door. The shirts are attached by rolling them up and putting them through stretchy loops.

    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.~

    a reviewer photo of the can of dry wash

    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.

    The USB wall charger and surge protector

    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.

    A small satchel of lavender and eucalyptus hanging from a bath handle

    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.

    the dinnerware set

    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.

    a reviewer photo of the keurig coffee maker with a coffee cup inside ready for the coffee to pour

    24. A customizable vaccine card holder you can also use to conveniently hold your student I.D.

    Vaccine card holders in a variety of colors and prints with a small hole for a keychain loop

    25. An eight-piece bath towel set designed with a convenient loop at the corner that you can easily hang on a hook.

    a reviewer photo of the bath set in yellow.

    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.

    the memo board that is clear with white words written on it

    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.

    someone wearing a bath robe carrying the shower tote with a towel in the center compartment and a bottle of shampoo and body wash each in their own compartment with room to spare for more things

    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.

    a before and after of a wrinkled dress and a steamed wrinkle free dress

    30. A hanging closet organizer for more storage solutions for your clothes and other knickknacks.

    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.

    a reviewer photo of the laundry baskets in white and black

    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.

    a product shot of the laundry rack in white with clothes hanging on it

    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.

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