Friday, July 3, 2015

Dorm Room Essentials~

Hi everyone! did it get to be July already???  

I thought it would be fitting to share this list we created when our youngest left for college 3 years ago, as many of you are preparing to send your children off to college in the next couple months.  We have shared this many times with friends and family.  

This list is for a college student living in a dorm room with just a mini fridge/microwave combo and sink in the room, community bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry facilities.  It can be adjusted for apartment/suite style living as well (more pots and pans, kitchen, living room and bath items).

Dorm Room Essentials


Comforter or Duvet & Insert
2 Sets of Sheets
Mattress Cover & Pad
Mattress Topper (for extra comfort)
Throw Blanket
Decorative Pillows


2 Sets of Towels/Washcloths/Hair Wrap
2 Towel Wraps
Flip Flops
Shower Caddy


Set of plastic plates/bowls/cups/utensils (2 each, microwave safe)
Water Bottle(s)/Tervis Tumblers (lids/straws)
Ice Cream Scoop
Small Dish Drainer (optional)
2 Dish Towels

Optional Food/Beverage:

Paper products (plates, bowls, napkins)
Disposable utensils (forks, spoons, knives)
Ziploc Bags/Plastic Storage Containers (snacks/leftovers)
Small Paring Knife (cutting up fruit), small cutting board
3 Drawer Storage Cart
Brita filtered water pitcher 


Computer Cables (long Ethernet)
Printer/Extra Cartridges
Printer Paper
Backup Hard Drive
Copies of Software
Tray for Desk Drawer-for pens/pencils/etc.
Pens/Pencils/Markers/Dry Erase Markers/Hi-lighters
Notebook Paper/Spiral Notebooks
Scotch Tape
Paper Clips
Push Pins
Post It Notes
Bulletin Board/Dry Erase Board
Desk Lamp (optional)

Sink Area:

Drawers for Storage (makeup/hairdryer/hygiene products/etc)
Hooks or Bar for Towels, freestanding washcloth holder (optional)
Toothbrush Holder
Dixie Cup Holder/Cups
Caddy for Hair Accessories (hair ties, bobby pins, clips, hair ribbon, etc)
Soap Dispenser
Tissue Holder (optional)
Bath Mat or Throw Rug


TV and cables
Plug In Phone (in case of emergency)
Cell Phones/chargers/longer charging cables
Alarm Clock/iHome

Emergency Kit:

Flash Light
Batteries (variety)
Small Sewing Kit/Hem Tape

First Aid Kit:

Band-Aids (variety)
Benadryl (clear)
Cold/Allergy  Medicine (of choice)
Cortizone Cream (or similar for rashes/bug bites)

Nail Kit:
Files, clippers, nail polish/remover, cotton pads


Basket/Bag/Drying Rack
Supplies (detergent/softener-if used/stain remover)
Ironing Board/Small Iron


Vaccum/Mop (optional)
Microfiber Cloths (for dusting)
All purpose spray cleaner/glass cleaner
Paper Towels
Trash Cans (by desk/food/sink?)


Devotional Book
Family Pictures
Art for Walls
S hooks for hanging photos/art/etc.
White Sticky Tac/Command Adhesive Strips
Area Rugs
Underbed Storage Boxes
Double Hanging Rod for closet or storage closet
Dividers for dresser drawers
Clothes Hangers
Jewelry Holder
Shoe Storage


Target, Wal-mart, The Container Store, and Bed, Bath and Beyond are all wonderful stores that cater to the college students this time of year.  Bed, Bath and Beyond even allows you to shop your hometown store, place an order, and then you can pick up at the location closest to your University.  Great for those attending school far from home.

*** I also wanted to take a minute to thank my sweet readers and IG followers for their heartfelt concern and prayers after our oldest daughter's horrific car accident just two weeks ago.  Her survival was nothing short of a miracle, and God's protection (and the fact that she was driving a Hummer)!!  The truck was totaled but she is on the mend, with only a few bruises left on her left ankle to show for the accident. 

Just a reminder to cherish everyday with those you love.  She had just spent the afternoon and evening with us, and was on her way home to her apartment.  We thank God for sparing her life every day!!  

Have a SAFE and HAPPY 4th of July weekend.


Christy @ 11 Magnolia Lane said...

What a helpful list--pinned! So glad your daughter continues to mend. God is so merciful! XO, Christy

Christy @ 11 Magnolia Lane said...

Commenting again--I'm writing a post for Mohawk Flooring's blog (Creative Home) on dorm room decor and am planning to link to this post unless you prefer I don't. Just let me know!