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We asked the BuzzFeed Community for the most useful product they loved when they lived in a dorm. Here are their best responses!
1. Long power strips so you and your roommates don't have to wage war over a limited number of outlets to charge all of your many devices.
2. If you're going to school somewhere that gets crazy cold in the winter, a fuzzy, warm blanket to add to your bed when the temperatures drop.
3. If you end up in the top bunk, a sturdy bedside caddy that'll tuck under your mattress to keep everything you could possibly need within arm's reach.
4. A reading pillow so you can do homework or study in bed but still be just cozy enough to concentrate.
5. A memory-foam mattress pad, because dorm room mattresses can be the most uncomfortable things you've ever laid on in an attempt to fall asleep.
6. A set of shelves that sits over your bed and gives you just that much extra storage space for your books and knick-knacks.
7. A set of blackout curtains so you can pass out after your all-nighter even if the blinds don't block all the light.
8. A white noise machine that'll save you from the background noise of roommates and loud people in the hallway.
9. Earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones, because dorm living does sometimes mean hearing other people get it on — or just so you can study in peace or stay asleep when your roommate comes in at 4 a.m.
10. A printer, whether you go wired or wireless, so you never have to worry about paying to print and you can put your assignments off — or, um, I mean, truly perfect that assignment you've definitely been working on since Monday — until the very last minute.
11. A mini-toolkit that won't take up much storage space but will be incredibly useful whenever you or a friend does need a loose screw fixed or to measure something for a project.
12. A first-aid kit ~just in case~, plus all the basic medicines you've relied on your family to always keep stocked at home.
13. A mini sewing kit so you can fix a small tear in your favorite shirt or reattach a button that just popped off.
14. A clothes steamer, because it'll take half the time, effort, and space of ironing on a tiny dorm-sized ironing board, and there will actually be days that you want to get the wrinkles out of your clothes.
15. A humidifier-diffuser to help you relax, keep your skin hydrated through a dry winter, and maybe even help your (or your roommate's) snoring.
16. An over-the-door shoe organizer to keep everything from your shoes to your hair products tidy AF and easy to see all at once.
18. A three-tier utility cart that can store literally anything you need it to: snacks, coffee mugs, laundry detergent, books, hair brushes, blowdryers, a small bottle of vodka stashed inside an empty oatmeal container...and more.
19. An expandable drying rack so you can air-dry your clothes that call for it without hanging said clothes in every single available doorway.
20. An oversized beanbag that can turn almost any random dorm floor into a comfortable spot to sit, then stashes away under the bed when you're not using it.
21. A cushioned storage ottoman where you can stash all sorts of things out of sight, that'll give you an extra seat and even work as a step-stool.
22. Or if your dorm has a little bit more space, a full-fledged storage bench — for all the same reasons you'd get a storage ottoman, just with more storage and more seating space.
23. For those mornings you crave a caffeine fix and those the nights when you just don't make it to the caf before it closes, an electric kettle that can boil water for anything from tea to ramen to easy mac at the touch of a button.
24. A microwave pasta cooker so you can upgrade from instant ramen to al dente spaghetti.
25. A bullet blender that'll turn pre-chopped fruit and spinach from the dining hall salad bar into a breakfast smoothie certain to perk you up for your 8 a.m. class.
26. A Brita Water pitcher and a reusable water bottle from your school's store, so you can always enjoy clean-tasting water while saving money and this blue-marble planet.
27. A candle warmer and your favorite jar candle, especially if you're used to burning candles at home and really don't like that they're no-go in the dorms.
28. A set of Command Hooks to hang by your door and hold your keys, so you always know exactly where they are, no matter what you've been up to.
29. And bigger Command Hooks so you can give a few inches of empty wall a new life purpose as a towel holder, bag hanger, or coat rack.
30. A personal utility cart that folds up and stores flat, so you can tote a month's worth of dirty clothes to the laundry room in one go.
31. A lightweight hand vacuum that'll make quick work of cleaning any little messes you make, or trapping a nasty bug you really don't want to deal with.
32. A shower curtain with mesh storage pockets because tiny showers only have so much room for everyone's four bottles of personal products.
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The responses in this post have been edited for length and clarity.