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College Student Wish List

Based on feedback from current college students, here are their top rated items for college dorm needs (besides appliances, TV, or computer).  When asked what they felt were the “must-have” items for making living in the dorm, away from home easier, here is a basic list from their responses.

As parent of a first year student, I had SO many questions and we scoured so many websites for suggestions.  So, I decided to ask the people who were actually LIVING in dorms to see what worked for them.

College Dorm Must-Haves!  Shop this list right here!

  • Mattress pad
  • Mirror
  • Closet organizers
  • Felt Hangers
  • Laundry pods
  • A good laundry basket – one that can be easily carried to the laundry room
  • Snacks with long shelf life, such as granola bars, dried fruit, etc.
  • Desk lamp
  • Gift cards to places like Walmart, Target, Starbucks or local chain restaurant (to get a break from campus food)
  • Storage – Storage – Storage
  • Area rug
  • Shower caddy.  Look for a plastic caddy or a mesh type
  • Command strips of various sizes.  Most dorms will not allow putting nails into the walls
  • Shower shoes or flip-flops
  • White board calendar
  • Desk top organizer for supplies
  • Keurig.  Even if it isn’t used for making coffee, it comes in handy for making hot water for instant potatoes, ramen, etc.
  • Extra pillows – like throw pillows or body pillow
  • Good quality bathrobe
  • Rolls of quarters if the laundry machines do not take debit cards
  • Heavy-duty power strips
  • Extra phone chargers
  • Sanitizing wipes for cleanups
  • Extra throw blanket
  • Pens and pencils.  Students can never have enough!
  • Trash can and liners

What can they not have enough of??  That’s easy!

  • Cash
  • Food / Snacks

I would be interested in knowing what you would add or take away from this list.  Share with others with your comments below. 

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