For students headed off to college in the fall, there can be stress around what items they should bring with them. It can be hard to imagine living in a small dorm with at least one other person (if not more), so we’ve compiled a list of college essentials that you might not think of bringing and listed them in no particular order.
- Two sets of bed sheets – A second set comes in handy when your other set is being washed, allowing you to immediately make your bed and keep things orderly in your room.
- Mattress pad – It is likely that your dorm bed won’t be the most comfortable bed in the world, and buying a cozy mattress pad can help you sleep better at night.
- Swimsuit – Yes, a swimsuit. You never know if you’ll need it; maybe your college has a hot tub or swimming pool for students to use, and if that’s the case you don’t want to be left on the sidelines.
- Duffel bag – A small duffel bag comes in handy for weekend trips home and to other campuses to visit your friends.
- Hand steamer – Rather than bringing a bulky iron and ironing board, a small hand steamer is a great way to get wrinkles out of your clothing before important events.
- Desk lamp – Bringing a small desk lamp is a good way to study late at night, especially if your roommate is already in bed.
- Cleaning supplies – Yep, you and your roommate will be in charge of keeping your room clean and having a few small cleaning supplies on hand is easy enough so the mess doesn’t get out of hand.
- Laundry hamper – Rather than letting your dirty clothes pile up all over the room, throw them in a hamper. This also makes transporting them to the laundry area much easier and will keep clutter at a minimum.
- Stain remover – Spilling on our clothes happens, so keeping some stain remover handy can help you prevent the stain from becoming permanent.
- Dish soap & sponge – You’ll likely bring a few small dishes to keep in your room for eating and having soap and a sponge on hand will prevent dirty dishes from piling up and funky smell from sticking around your room.
- First aid kit – This is something you (hopefully) won’t need often, but is great to have when you do need it. Buy one at a store or make one at home and fill with supplies you might need like band aids, cold medicine, pills for headaches, and ice-pack, and more.
- Robe – A robe to throw on after showering can be so comfy. Bring it to the showers with you and then you won’t need to worry about getting your clothing wet.
- Shower shoes – Buy a cheap pair of flip-flops or slides to wear to the shower if you have community bathrooms in your dorm so you don’t have to touch the sometimes-questionable floors with your bare feet.
- Portable phone charger – This can be a lifesaver when you’re busy all day in classes, work, and studying and can easily fit inside your backpack or purse.
- Mini-deodorant – If you’re running late to class in late August, you may get there a little sweaty so keeping a little travel-size deodorant can help you stay smelling fresh and clean.
- Hand sanitizer – This is also a great thing to keep tucked in your backpack for after eating, sitting outside between classes, or just anything you can think of.
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