Shopping for your first dorm room isn’t easy, especially if you’re a guy who isn’t into spending a day at the store. With this list of 12 must-have dorm room essentials for guys, you’ll be able to breeze through the aisles and get everything you need as painlessly as possible.
1. Stylish Bedding
Your bed is the focal point of your dorm room. You’ll need extra-long sheets, a comforter, and pillows, but if you’re all about comfort, you should add on a mattress pad and some throw blankets. The Black Hampton Plaid Starter Pak gets you all you need in one bag.
2. Towel Sets and Robe
You’ll need at least two sets of towels (more if you don’t plan on doing laundry once a week), and you’ll also want a robe to get you from the communal bathroom back to your dorm. We recommend picking towels that are easy to wash but also feel a bit luxurious. No reason you can’t splurge!
3. Shower Essentials and Caddy
Your shower supplies like shampoo and conditioner. There are also loofahs, face wash, toothpaste, and brushes. Having two of everything will save you a trip to the store when you run out. You will also need something to carry all that stuff from the dorm to bathroom. That’s why waterproof caddies and carriers are best.
4. Kitchen and Dining Gear
Check your dorm rules on if you can bring a microwave, coffee maker, rice cooker, mini-fridge etc. But you’ll probably want the fridge to keep leftovers from the cafeteria. You’ll also want at least 2 sets of dishware, flatware, and glasses.
5. Area Rug
Dorm rooms are notoriously drafty. An area rug to match your bedding that’s also easy to upkeep can keep your feet warm and bring your dorm room look together.
6. Comfy Seating
Fitting a full-size couch is probably not going to happen when your dorm is the size of a closet. But you can go with seating cubes and ottomans that don’t take up much space and look great.
7. Favorite Tech
Do you love video games? Bring along your system and collection! All about tech integration? Don’t forget Bluetooth speakers or a Smart TV! Printers are optional, but you’ll definitely want a laptop, USB, extra chargers, or portable battery packs. You should also have a few pairs of headphones on hand too. Another consider, however, is having some sort of way to gaurd your expensive tech — think a digital safe or a discreet place under the bed to store away your goods.
8. Bedside Organizers
You’ll most likely spend most of your time in your dorm in your bed. Might as well keep that space clutter free. Grab a bedside organizer that holds your books, phone, noise-canceling headphones, and other bedtime necessities.
9. Desk and Study Supplies
Organization doesn’t stop at the bed. Keep your desk a productive space with supplies like a stapler, rubber bands, paper clips, and pens. Unlike in high school, you can’t borrow these from your teacher.
10. Lighting Options
Dorm rooms can be as dark as a cave. Having the right lighting is a must. Standing lamps, bedside/desk clip lights, and reading light attachments for textbooks are a good start. You may want to spruce up your room with hanging lights for an extra touch.
11. Hampers and Laundry Essentials
You’ll need to get your laundry done by yourself. Grab yourself a large laundry bag or standing hamper and stock it up with detergent, dryer sheets, and stain spray. If you like your clothes neat and tidy, an iron and mini-sized ironing board should be on your list.
12. Extra Storage
You’re probably wondering where you’re going to put all this stuff – no worries! With under the bed and closet storage, you can keep everything out of the way. Or, go with a trunk where you can store your items while still looking like it belongs in your dorm.
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