With only a few weeks (or less) until you move into your residence hall, you’re probably feeling pretty good about the supplies you’ve picked up. But hold up, we can pretty much bet that you’ve forgotten a few essentials. Don’t believe us? Take a look at these last-minute dorm shopping list must-haves to see if you’ve got your dorm and desk covered.
Stapler, Staples, and Stapler Remover
This isn’t high school anymore. Your professor doesn’t have her own classroom with supplies for you to use. You’ll need to carry around your own stash of staples when turning in papers or working on an assignment. Don’t forget — this is essential.
Notecards, Highlighters, and at Least One Notepad
Sure, you’ll probably take most of your notes on the computer and you may be all into the e-textbook. But there will be times when you’ll need to print something out and take notes on it. You may even have to complete an assignment in class on, you know, paper! Don’t be caught without some of the basics, even if you’re loaded with the best and latest tech.
Late nights out, traveling for an internship, emergencies — these are all reasons why you’ll want to carry around an extra battery for, at least, your phone. You may also want a backup for your laptop or tablet. Throw one in your purse or backpack and forget about it.
Dorm room lights are usually those industrial lights you see in generic office buildings — the kind that spread bright white light and gives you instant migraines. But for a few bucks, you can turn off those ugly overhead lights and make your dorm rooms nice and comfortable. Pick up some floor, desk, and wall lights. Get creative and make your lighting source a canopy over your bed or coordinate your lamps with your minimal room theme.
Dorm floors are notoriously cold and unforgiving. A warm, comfortable rug is one of those things you’ll be glad you have come wintertime. But read the tag before you invest. You’ll want one that hides stains, is easy to vacuum, and is relatively inexpensive.
Bed in a Bag
Let’s go over the absolute needs: blankets, long size bedding, pillows, towels, and an organizer. Who wants to do all that shopping when you can instead just buy a Value Pak!? Everything’s included and you can find one to match your style. It’s so easy, you won’t have to worry about the first night!
Don’t make the mistake and wait until the day of class to buy your books. In most cases, they’ll be out of stock or limited options. Instead of paying more for the new version at your bookseller, check out eBay or Amazon for cheaper options that will be shipped to your dorm in a day or two. It’s a great way to save some bucks and get you ready for class.
Food and Cooking Supplies
While you probably paid a fortune to have a meal plan, sometimes you won’t be able to make it to the cafeteria or will want to stay in. Having a few food staples at the ready will be a big help. We’re talking non-perishable comfort food like mac and cheese, noodles, and soup (microwavable foods). Grab some bowls, plates, silverware, and cookware, and you’ll be all ready to wow your floormates as the resident dorm chef.