Shopping for college can be an exciting time, but many incoming freshman forget to buy supplies or tools that are often essential for making or breaking an experience with living in a dorm room. If you’re going dorm shopping soon, be sure to add these items to your list!
With limited space in your dorm, keeping hair-related electronics such as hair straighteners, curlers, and blow dryers out of the way can sometimes be a hassle. Keeping them organized–and more importantly, keeping their cords from getting twisted around each other–is important if you want ease of access, as well as an easy time getting ready in the morning. Buying an electronics caddy, such as the one below, can easily be placed behind a closet door or over the edge of a dorm bed–easy to access, and out of the way!
You can buy one similar to this at Bed Bath and Beyond for $9.99.
Handheld Vacuum Cleaner
We all know there’s not enough space in a dorm room to keep a regular sized vacuum cleaner, but that doesn’t mean you should go without one. Food crumbs, loose hair, clothing lint, and dust can accumulate extremely quickly in such a small space, and keeping your room clean is not only important for your own health, but also your friend’s–nobody likes walking into a room and immediately stepping on stray crumbs from the crackers you ate two days ago.
This essential tool can be bought at Target for $17.99.
A Non-See-Through Laundry Bag
Most dorm laundry rooms are located in the basement of your dorm building, which means you’ll most likely have to walk down a few flights of stairs to get there. Buying a laundry bag that’s not see-through will save you from any potential embarrassment if you have to walk past a group of friends on your way to do your laundry.
This super cute laundry bag is available at PB Teen for $29.
Noise Cancelling Headphones
Let’s get this straight right now: college kids are not quiet. Not even close. Whether it’s 2am and your dorm-mates next door are blasting their music too loud, or when you’re trying to study and the library is just a little bit too loud, having noise cancelling headphones will save your life. Seriously, these things work like magic.
You can search for a wide range of noise cancelling headphones on Amazon.