The Dorm Essentials: Here’s What You’ll Need Before You Go
12 Aug, 2014
As you get ready to head off to the dorms, filled with new people and questionably-functional bathrooms, there are a lot of things to keep track of. In between Facebook stalking your new roomie and saying goodbye to old friends, you could find yourself forgetting to pack up some of the essentials before you move in. But trust me, you don’t want to be the freshman who forgot shower shoes, an XL twin comforter or a backpack. Here are some of the most important things you’ll need during your freshman year.
Kitchen utensils and dish soap.
Unless you plan on eating exclusively in the dining hall, or eating junk food from the market all the time, you’ll need bowls, plates, cups, and silverware. Naturally, you’ll also need dish soap and a sponge to wash these things out. (Mold on your leftover food is NOT cute.)
If you hate cleaning, or even if messes tend to not bother you, you might forget to pick up cleaning supplies. But a lot of little spills and messes happen throughout the year, and it’s nice to have paper towels, washcloths, and a broom at the very least. If you’re really on top of things, you can also bring a small hand vacuum – it’s a lifesaver.
Most dorm rooms only have a few outlets for each room. So it can be frustrating when your roommate wants to plug in his or her console and TV and speakers, and you need to charge your phone and laptop and print a research paper. Solve these awkward disputes by investing in a power strip.
These are just a few of the dorm essentials I wish I had remembered to bring to college during my first year. hhgregg has a comprehensive back-to-school checklist of everything you need to make the most of your 200 square feet.