Dorm Essentials: Back-to-School
By Taylor Cotter | StudentAdvisor.com
So you're all moved in, classes are starting, and you've started to
make your little dorm room feel like home. However, even if you have
your microwave and laptop lock, there are a number of dorm items you
might not have thought to grab on your first trip. These unique dorm
essentials are not necessary for all students, but can certainly make
some lives easier. From fancy luxuries to organizational necessities,
these tested items will make your freshman dorm experience much easier
and more manageable than you could have imagined.
If you like to have a backup for your in-class notes, try recording them on your iPhone! However, make sure to use an amplifying microphone so you catch everything.
Whether you'll fill these up with notes or disregard them after a few days of classes, it's better to stay eco-friendly with your notebooks!
Pictured: Ecosystem Architect
The easiest way to organize and keep track of syllabi, handouts and other papers from your courses. At the end of the semester, tuck it away in case you need this information later.
Pictured: Smead Ultracolor Expanding Files
Might as well start off organized, right? Color coding is the best-kept secret of the hyper-organized. Use colored pens to keep track of what is important in your notes.
Pictured: Paper Mate InkJoy 300 RT Retractable Medium Point Ballpoint Pens
Everyone has had it happen: your computer inexplicably crashes and you lose everything. Don't let yourself be that student: keep all your files backed up on an external harddrive.
Pictured: Western Digital My Passport
Don't rely on just your cell phone to keep you from missing class. Having a hardcore alarm clock (this one shakes your bed!) will ensure you never sleep in.
Pictured: iLuv Vibe Plus Bed Shaker Dual Alarm Clock Dock for iPhone and iPod
iPod, iPhone, Kindle - all electronics charge on a USB. Instead of running out of ports on your laptop, have an extra place to recharge.
Pictured: Belkin Conserve Valet
Phone Battery Pack
Whether you have a smartphone or regular phone, having some extra juice on-the-go is a necessity.
Pictured: mophie juice pack air
Quick meals: pasta, ramen, rice. If you're making these, you'll certainly need a pot and strainer. What if those could be combined into one?
Pictured: Bialetti Trends 5-Quart Pasta Pot, Blue
If you have a class that runs through lunch or dinner, you'll definitely want to bring your own meal. Having decent containers makes this much easier than toting leftover boxes!
Pictured: EasyLunchbox Compartmentalized BPA-Free Plastic Food Storage Containers
Same goes for those early morning classes. If you only have a few minutes in the dining hall, have a portable cereal and milk bowl handy so you can grab breakfast on the go!
Pictured: DormCo Cereal on the Go
Sure, you'll probably eat most of your meals at your desk. However, when your desk is covered in books and papers, you might have to move to the floor or bed. A tray will make it easy and clean to eat anywhere in your room!
Pictured: DormCo Handy Dorm Eating Lap Tray
Cheap, replaceable, and effective. Don't get caught in a shared bathroom without a pair of rubber flipflops!
Pictured: Old Navy Women's New Classic Flip-Flops
The last thing a residence hall needs is a flat-iron induced fire! Keep your straightener tucked away with a flat-iron cover.
Pictured: DormCo Flat Iron Case - Polka Dot
Travelling from your dorm room, to the bathroom and back again is a lot for a little toothbrush to take! Make sure yours is securely covered to avoid any less-than-favorable run-ins.
Pictured: Violight Slim Sonic Toothbrush
100% Cotton Light Pink Bath Towel Wrap
Running between the bathroom and your dorm room can be a hassel, especially carrying all your things. This bath towel wrap will ensure you have both hands free.
Pictured: Posy Lane Bath Towel Wraps
In a dorm, you usually can't do permanent damage to the walls. Adhesive wall stickers are the next best thing! There are hundreds of ways to decorate your walls however you like.
Pictured: DormCo Blue Branches - Peel N Stick
Real candles are almost never allowed in dorm rooms. These are the next best thing to having some natural candlelight!
Pictured: Scentsy Toscana Collection
If wall art isn't doing it for you, try a patterned tapestry. And, if it gets extra cold, you can use it as a blanket!
Pictured: Urban Outfitters Tie-Dyed Bird Tapestry
Most dorm rooms come with plain white shades to keep out sun. To add some colors to your windows, try some bright curtains. Even if you keep the shade on, it will make your room a little more like home.
Pictured: ModCloth Flora and Fauna and Fabulous Curtain in Turquoise
Whether you're hanging around with a few friends, studying, or having a small party, you'll want to do better than just your laptop speakers. Portable small speakers are best and easiest to move.
Pictured: Chill Pill Mobile Speakers
A fun way to share notes and messages with your roommates. If you don't have the wall space, this little globe works perfectly!
Pictured: memosphere desktop memo board
Everyone's favorite way to write magnetic messages, poems, or crude remarks. These magnets are usually fun for all roommates - and who can't use more magnets?
Pictured: Magnetic Poetry College Magnetic Poetry Kit
Board games are awesome to have around the dorms, but count on missing and broken pieces. Electronic games like CatchPhrase are just as fun, and you can keep track of them more easily.
Pictured: Hasbro Electronic Catch Phrase