2018 Dorm Room Essentials


It is that time of year again - back to school! Knowing what to pack for college can be so stessful - making sure that you don't forget anything, so I have created a list of college dorm room essentials that hopefully you find helpful! The link is also attached so that it is easier for you to purchase. Happy dorm shopping!


This is the most expensive comforter that I recommend (it’s by Urban Habita for $81.00). However, if you plan on using your bedding for two years or more, it’s worth it. It’s also, neutral, so it will stay in style.

Blush is so in this year so I wanted to include this in my bedding favorites. I love that it’s from Target and very affordable. 




Of course you will need sheets and throw pillows; however, do not start you semester without the Spa Sensations Memory Foam Comfort Mattress. This mattress topper offers the beat customized, relaxing support for a better night's sleep. It is college student tested and approved! 


Ladies, there are a few bathroom must-haves! If you utilize  a community shower, I strongly advise shower shoes, a shower wrap, and a fully loaded shower caddy. 

Here are a few of my favorites:


Nike Kawa Sliders are my favorite shower shoes. They are available at Nike, Footlocker, Shoe Carnival, and many more! 

There are a plethora of different shower caddies to choose from and they help keep all of your shower essentials organized and in one place, BUT my absolute favorite is this Mesh Shower Tote found at Bed, Bath & Beyond. I prefer the tote over a hard plastic caddy. It is durable, waterproof, and mesh; flexible to hang in your shower stall. The Shower Tote is also a great size for carrying shampoo, razors, and more. 

Ladies it is one more bathroom must have: a shower wrap. I know what your thinking, "I can just use a towel." Trust me when I say, using "just a towel" will lead to at least one embarrassing moment! Shower wraps are one of the most over looked essentials and they are inexpensive. I assure you can find a shower wrap at JC Pennys or Target for under $15. 


Now let’s talk about how crazy it is to fit all of your cutest outfits into a tiny closet and a functional dresser. It will definitely be a challenge but whose not up for a good challenge. Here are some closet must haves to help with the transition. 

We all know you will need hangers. However, my suggestion is Thin No Slip Velvet Suit Hangers. Yes, they are more expensive BUT they will be worth the money. Because they are thin, you are able to hang more clothing! As a Home Stager, I often utilize these hangers in the closets of my client to declutter and create a uniform look. You can get 100 Thin No Slip Velvet Suit Hangers for $27 on Amazon

Trying to stuff a year’s worth of clothes into a small closet is a nightmare. However, most dorms have space under the bed. This is where under bed storage comes in handy. It slides in wherever you have space. My favorite Under Bed Storage is ClosetMaid Under-Bed Fabric Storage Bags! They seal to keep out dust and they are usually available for Prime shipping on Amazon. 


Let’s not forget about how we as women love our shoes 👠!  My best advise is to rotate your shoes with the seasons. In the fall, bring only a few sandals and more flats, boots, and sneakers. If you are like me and are unable to adhere to my advice, I have a solution! Invest in this 36 Pair Over door Shoe Organizer. It offers convenient behind the door storage for organizing and neatly displaying your shoes. 


It’s essential for your physical and mental health to eat. However, the Freshman 15 is for real. I gained 18 pounds my freshman year of college 🤦🏽‍♀️. So make sure you keep healthy snacks like apples, bananas, oranges, and plenty of water. I also recommend turkey jerky & nuts for late night cramming sessions and fresh, hot coffee for your morning recovery! 

So it is necessary that you have a mini fridge. It’s back to school so they are on sale everywhere! Nevertheless, it is essential that you get a Keurig. The new Keurig K-Mini single serve coffee maker features a new sleek design, and at less than 5" wide is the perfect size for any space or occasion. The K-Mini brewer is effortlessly simple to use - just add fresh water to the reservoir, pop in your favorite K-Cup pod, press the brew button and enjoy fresh brewed, delicious coffee in minutes.


There is a multitude of electronics a college student could consider essential. For the sake of timing, I list the bare minimum electronic essentials for your dorm room. Parents, you may find some of these items luxuries, but believe me it is essential that you get these items now while they are on sale for back to school!  

To date, televisions are still a necessity! Lol... I believe they will be obsolete in the near future.  You will also need a laptop with Bluetooth wi-fi cabilities and plenty of storage. As a precaution, I suggest purchasing a few flash drives for backup and emergency situations. In addition, I recommend purchasing the following items:

  1. Surge protector
  2. Extra Phone Chargers
  3. Noise Cancelling Ear Phones  

Some may say decor is not essential... lol..hehehe.. Decor is the most important! You will spend many hours in your dorm room and you want it to feel like home as much as possible. So, let’s discuss some decor that will make your dorm room an extension of your home. 


Most dorm rooms have a desk or a space considered to be a desk. Magazine holders are a great desk organization tool. It can function as a place for miscellaneous school papers, along with easy access storage for class binders. They have paper or plastic magazine holders that can be painted, and re-covered to add style. However you choose to decorate them, magazine holders are easy to incorporate into the design scheme.


The next two items are essential. It is a must that you own a magnetic dry erase board and a desk lamp. The dry erase board will ensure you meet your deadlines and serve as a good means of last minute communication with your roommate. Likewise, the desk lamp is for late night studies after your roommate is tucked in for the night!

Last, but definitely not least, make sure to add some faux floral to your desk. It helps you have a natural element so you don’t feel so blogged down when studying or work last minute to meet a deadline. 


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