As a guy, you probably think less is more. Pack a few outfits, grab your laptop, pick up your textbooks, and you’re set for your first year of college.
Not so fast! Outfitting your first dorm room is a bit more tricky than that. Don’t get caught without the essentials. Here’s what all guys need to remember to bring for freshman year of college.
- Your Wardrobe
College isn’t a formal affair. Most of the time, you can get away with wearing pajama pants to class if you really want to. However, there will be times where you will want to dress up. Whether a frat formal, an interview for your dream internship, or a date with a crush, you’ll need a well-fitting suit, tie, shirt, and dress shoes ready to go.
In addition, be sure you have enough college fan gear to get you through a season’s worth of tailgating, rallies, big games, etc. For those joining frats, you’ll want to outfit yourself with your letters as well.
2. Dorm Decor
Your dorm room will likely be a bland little cement block with some drab furniture in it. If you lay down your blanket and a rug, you won’t be doing much to create the space that feels like home. That’s why it’s essential to pick up some “extra touches.”
Need help? Here’s how you can make a dorm look and feel good: pick a theme that fits your personality. Rustic and love flannel — go with an Americana vintage look. Love sports and the outdoors — natural colors (greens and browns) with wood frames and sports posters.
3. Techie Add-Ons
Your tech checklist should include more than just your computer and maybe a TV. For one, you’ll want to consider bringing along a Roku, Chromecast, or AppleTV. It will allow you and your roommate(s) to Netflix binge or catch up to your parent’s subscription of HBO. You may also want to consider bringing your game console, if you play. Video gaming is a great way to make new friends and unwind, even for casual players.
With all those plugins, you’ll need a surge protector worthy of your usage. Get one that is secure, safe, and won’t fail when you need it the most.
4. Safe Security
Dorm rooms aren’t immune to petty crimes. And while you may feel safe enough to leave your door open all day, every day, you should still take precautions. One good idea is to always have a lock for your laptop. This way, if you need to step away, you’ll feel confident your most expensive item will be there when you get back. The same idea goes for bike locks or car break-in prevention items.
You’ll also want to consider some storage that can be locked. While you should never bring things to your dorm that you will hate to lose, having a safe area to stash extra cash, your tech, or something more valuable while you’re away or when you have guests over is always smart. A trunk with the ability to add a padlock is a great start, but you can also consider a fireproof safe for smaller items.
5. Shower Gear and Supplies
Getting ready in college is a totally different game. While you can be relaxed with what you wear, you want to look and smell your best at all times. First impressions mean a lot! Given that, you’ll need to be prepared with a grooming kit that includes a razor set, upgraded cologne (ask opinions before you buy), subtle body gel or soap, ample supplies of deodorant, and some lotion for dry skin.
You’ll need a way to carry all of this, so we recommend a shower caddy with extra room to transport from dorm to bath and back. Match with your towels or robe and you’re set to go.