Get Prepared with These 15 College Dorm Room Essentials

Getting all the stuff for your dorm (or parents helping their kids prepare) is one of the most exciting things in the world. Chances are, you are getting to experience your first real run at independence, and getting all those dorm room essentials will prepare you to succeed this semester. As summer is quickly coming to a close, you have likely procrastinated a bit over this summer but now is the time to go ahead and start ordering those dorm room essentials.

From sheets to storage solutions to first aid, there are plenty of things to consider. We are here to help with a list of all the great stuff you will need to thrive in your college dorm room. The name of the game when it comes to dorm gear is space-saving. Space is limited but luckily, you are not the first person to have to adapt to dorm life. We’ve rounded up a list of items to help you make the most of that new space! Find what you need below.

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DormDoc 175 Piece Emergency First Aid Kit for College Students

$54.95 at the time of publication.

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It’s a sad fact that you are going to get sick or need a bandaid more than once while living in a dorm. Having this on hand will keep you from having to make an emergency trip to the pharmacy and won’t take up too much space.

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Ornavo Home Foldable Tufted Linen Storage Ottoman

$35.99 at the time of publication.

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Multi-purpose, storage, and space saver? Yes, please! This storage ottoman doubles as a seat, step stool, and secret storage container making it essential for dorm life. It can support up to 400 lbs. It is also a great size that won’t take up too much space at all: 15″ x 15″ x 15″.

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Utopia Bedding Adjustable Bed Furniture Risers

$18.99 at the time of publication.

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You might think you know, but you have no idea how much space will be the biggest commodity in your dorm room. For added storage, consider putting these adjustable risers under your bed. It can lift the furniture up to 8″ off of the ground. That means you can slide all kinds of stuff you want out of the way under the bed.

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Tempur-Cloud 2-Inch Mattress Topper, Twin XL

$179 at the time of publication.

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Another issue you will face in your dorm room is a less than desirable mattress. Most are worn out and can really show their age. This topper will turn that sad mattress into your sleep cloud. It is the easiest way to upgrade your sleep experience in a dorm. It’s a bit of a splurge but it comes with a 10-year warranty and you can throw it in the washing machine for a refresh when needed.

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STNKY Bag Pro Wash Bag

$28.99 at the time of publication.

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This clever bag is perfect for laundry day. The mesh liner extends the size of the bag so you can easily transport your clothes to the washing machine. Smaller loads can be washed and dried right inside the bag! Easy is where it is at!

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Attmu Mesh Shower Caddy 

$12.99 at the time of publication.

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Your clothes are not the only thing that will need cleaning. This shower tote bag has eight outer compartments and a large one in the center to keep everything you need easily accessible. It is easy to hang for easy access and dries in a flash.

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Amazon Basics Reversible, Lightweight Microfiber Comforter, Twin XL

$24.90 at the time of publication.

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Affordable, yet durable, this lightweight comforter will keep you nice and cozy in your dorm room. Choose from a variety of colors to find the right fit for you.

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Amazon Basics 20-Pocket Over-the-Door Hanging Large-Size Shoe Organizer

$9.87 at the time of publication.

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This shoe organizer doesn’t have to be just for shoes. This is a great space saver that hangs on the back of the door. Throw some shoes in there of course, but also store socks, underwear, or just about anything in the pockets.

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HOUSE DAY Magic Hangers Space Saving Hangers for Clothes

$22.95 at the time of publication.

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Make the most of what little closet space you will have with these magic hangers that help keep clothes tidy while also hanging vertically to offer you even more space to hang up your clothes.

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Hammam Linen Purple Bath Towels Set 6-Piece Original Turkish Cotton Soft

$39.99 at the time of publication.

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No dorm room is complete without a set of durable and absorbent towels to help you stay fresh. The set includes two bath towels (27-inch x 54-inch), two hand towels (16-inch x 30-inch), and two washcloths (13-inch x 13-inch). We thought these purple ones were fun but choose your favorite color instead!

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Surge Protector Power Strip

$20.99 at the time of publication.

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And the ward for the most convenient power strip goes to… This amazing strip that has a surge protector. You will need a way to plug in all of your devices and chances are, you will have one or two at best plugs in your dorm room. It is equipped with eight wide outlets, 4 USB ports, 3 side outlet extenders, and a 5-foot extension cord. The flat plug makes it take up even less space. If you’re feeling studious, you can even mount it to the wall for added convenience.

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Bare Home Twin XL Sheet Set

$27.99 at the time of publication.

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These buttery-soft sheets are lightweight and airy and come in a variety of appealing colors. They are made of premium microfiber that is made to last. If you do not like them, simply return them for a full refund.

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Command Large Utility Hooks

$10.99 at the time of publication.

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Whether you’re hanging purses, keys, or decorations these command hooks will come in handy and won’t damage your dorm walls. This set comes with 7 hooks and 12 strips.

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IRIS USA Craft Organizers and Storage

$36.89 at the time of publication.

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This three-drawer storage unit can be used with or without wheels for easy movement. It stands 26″ tall and about 15″ deep. That makes it a great unit that’s neither too big nor too small for your dorm.

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BLACK+DECKER dustbuster QuickClean Cordless Handheld Vacuum

$24 at the time of publication.

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This handheld vacuum will help you keep your dorm clean and bug-free without taking up too much space. A single charge will last 10 hours and you won’t have to worry about cords getting tangled or not reaching far enough.

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There you go! We hope you found some dorm room essentials that will be a good fit for you. We wish you the very best of luck this semester! Now, go grab your dorm gear and arrive prepared.

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