10 College Dorm Essentials You Need that Even a Total Minimalist Will Use

We all tend to overbuy for college and the truth is, you don’t need all that much for your college dorm. But you will use these ten college dorm essentials every day. These are the must-have essentials you need for your college dorm. No matter what type of dorm room you have, these items will come in handy and help keep you organized.

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A few years ago, I was the living embodiment of the mom in this Onion article, standing in the middle of Bed, Bath and Beyond insisting to my daughter that she absolutely needed bed risers and the under-the-bed shoe storage bin. (She didn’t and she ended up not using half of the stuff I thrust on her during that shopping trip.)

It’s too late for me, but if you’re planning to send a child away to college this fall, there’s still time to save some money for yourself. I’ve created a list of all the things you need to know about your kid’s dorm room before you buy a single thing but after sending three kids off to college I’ve discovered that these items are almost universally needed.

I interviewed my kids (mostly my daughter since her college experience is the freshest) and came up with a list of essential items you’ll need when you go away to college. Don’t forget to check out my post 25 Questions You Need to Answer Before You Shop Before College so you can decide what else you’ll need beyond this list.

College Essentials You Have to Have

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  1. Great list! My oldest is heading off to college this fall, and we’re still trying to figure out what she’ll need. Her dorm is older, but all the rooms are different. Some have underbed storage, some don’t. All are small so we’re working on a good list of essentials. This post is a great help!

    PS Love your blog! I read so many “new mom” blogs, it’s wonderful to see something from an older mom perspective!

    • Thanks for commenting Jodi. It’s so hard to know what to buy the first year. My daughter’s in a new dorm this year so well be needing to make some new decisions again. Command hooks seem to always apply at least!


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