Pillowcases, check. Personal-care items and laundry detergent, double check. Once you finish packing all the essentials, you may think you have everything you need (and then some). But did you forget anything important? While we can’t predict everything you’ll need to feel comfortable in your dorm, here are 10 essentials you won’t regret having.
Trying to determine what to buy for college? Here are 10 items you won’t regret buying.
1. Academic planner
While you may already have important dates scheduled in your smartphone or on your laptop, an academic planner will come in handy for the details. From study dates to term-paper due dates, a planner lets you write everything down and helps you stay organized.
2. Keurig DeskPro brewing system
Late-night study sessions through 8 a.m. classes, you will be thankful for one of these when you need an extra boost. Whether you want to make coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, you can satisfy your cravings in an instant.
3. Filtering water pitcher
To ensure that your water is always fresh, pick up a water purifier, such as those from Brita, on your shopping trip. Bonus: you’ll have fresh water available, without having to leave your dorm in the middle of the night or during a cram session.
4. Disinfecting wipes
Dorm rooms can be breeding grounds for bacteria and germs. Avoid getting sick and keep your area clean by wiping down your desk, doorknobs, and everything in between.
5. Hanging closet organizer
Dorm rooms are notorious for their small, shared spaces. If you end up having a closet or tall storage space, you’ll be happy to have an extra place to store clothes, shoes, and personal-care items.
6. Noise-canceling headphones
When you are trying to study in your dorm, the library, or another common area, you may need headphones to minimize noise and other distractions.
7. Shower flip-flops
When you’re sharing a bathroom with dozens of other college students, it’s a good idea to hit the showers with a little added protection.
Yes, you will have full access to computers in the library and other common areas, but a personal laptop will come in handy. From study sessions to taking class notes, a laptop is essential to your success.
9. Super-turbo fan
Whether it’s canceling out the noise in the hall, or your dorm room is a little too warm, a fan can do a lot to help keep you comfortable.
10. Mattress pad
Look for a mattress pad that adds comfort to your dorm bed. You’ll be happy you did when you’re in need of a cat nap after a big test or are ready for a good night’s sleep after a busy day.
For a full list of all the essentials you’ll need for college, check out our recent guide. And don’t forget to communicate with your roommate to avoid bringing duplicates of items you can share.