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Aug 27, 2014

23 Dorm Essentials You Might Not Have Thought To Pack

Baby got pack.

1. A steamer.

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Because no college student should be trusted wielding a hot iron. Steamers are more convenient and easier to store than an iron and an ironing board.

2. Your own trash can that CLOSES.

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Even though dorm rooms usually have cans in them already, most of the time they are open bins, which means your trash will be out and exposed. Get a step bin to eliminate odor and to avoid pests.

3. A drying rack.

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Because the dryers at school won't actually dry your clothes.

4. A standup hamper that is also a bag.

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This way, instead of dragging your hamper to the laundry room and destroying/ripping it, you can carry your (2 months worth of) laundry.

5. A multipurpose bottle opener.

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lol for root beer and sparkling cider.

6. Safety pins.

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(Assorted size) safety pins will save you from many a wardrobe disaster.

7. A baking pan.

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For when you want to heat up a slice of pizza or make brownies. Don't forget mits or you will burn off your hands.

8. An extra set of sheets.

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Your laundry situation will get desperate.

9. An electric tea kettle.

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For tea, for making coffee with a french press, and even for Ramen.

10. A bed bug mattress protector.

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Self-explanatory why you need this.

11. Book ends.

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Seems trivial but this is REAL because it is ANNOYING AF when your books slide and fall on your bookcase.

12. A power adapter.

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Because you have laptops and phones and speakers and lights and a lot of other electronics. Also, ten times out of ten, the outlets in your room will be in very inconvenient places.

13. Batteries.

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ESPECIALLY a 9V for when your carbon monoxide alarm (inevitably) dies at 3 am and wants to communicate this to you by going off until you feed it batteries.

14. A cushion for your uncomfortable desk chair.

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For your back, for you butt.

15. Chip clips.

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Preserve that bag of kettle corn like it's your job.

16. Earplugs.

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For when your very gracious neighbors decide to blast very pleasant EDM.

17. Adhesive hooks and nails.

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Hang your towels, hang your pics.

18. A catch-all dish.

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Throw your jewelry, keys, coins, etc.

*and it will catch them*

19. A good, durable backpack.

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Never too old for a JanSport.

20. Some form of alternate lighting.

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Because no one should be subject to florescent lighting.

21. A doormat.

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So you don't drag in dirt and other college detritus.

22. Quarters.

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Don't be that guy who goes door to door asking for change for a twenty.

and probably the single most important item on this list:

23. AS MUCH UNDERWEAR AS PHYSICALLY POSSIBLE.

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How To Do Your Laundry: buy more underwear.

Happy packing!!

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