Essentials For Your First Dorm Room

Essentials For Your First Dorm Room

Kristen Lubbe
Aug 13, 2010

College is starting soon and it's time to get organized and prepared for the big move. There will be a long list of items you'll need to prepare for a first year away from home, but there are always the essentials. They may seem like no-brainers, but they're actually very important.

Living in a dorm is a unique experience that no one can forget. Bad roommates, first time away from home, finding yourself &mdash it's all a part of it. To make things a little easier on the new college student, we can provide them with the best essentials for their first dorm room.

&bull Bedding: Bedding is one of the quickest and easiest ways to bring personality to a dorm room. Limited space and shared rooms doesn't necessarily give the occupants as much room to decorate as they would like. Colorful and interesting options are the best, like this Lacoste bed in a bag! $149.99
&bull Mini-Fridge: Most colleges have cafeterias for the three most important meals of the day, but there's a lot of time in between those meals. Mini-fridge's provide easy access instead of having to bundle up on the cold days and walk all the way to the cafeteria for a drink. They've also become utilitarian with dry-erase boards on the front. Emerson Compact Fridge w/Dry Erase Door $89.00
&bull Dishes: Whether it's a dorm room with a full kitchen (I was lucky enough to have one!) or just a sink &mdash dishes are essential. Cereal in the morning or ramen after a late night, they'll come in handy. Polypropylene is a great option because it takes quite a lot to break. Polypropylene 38-pc. Dinnerware Set $21.99
&bull Bath Towels: A quality set of towels will go a long way. When I moved to college I purchased my first set of towels and they lasted me over 7 years. Select a set of 5 or less because storage will be minimal in a dorm room. Welcome Guest Towels Set of Three $14.95
&bull Storage: In any form! Storage is going to be minimal in a dorm room, so you'll have to bring it with you. Through the use of boxes, under the bed bins and laundry baskets (to name a few!). A great and sophisticated option, EMU from IKEA set of 2 $6.99.

What are your essentials for a first dorm room?

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