9 Dorm Room Essentials You Need Before Move-In Day

Move-in day is one of the biggest days of college. Some might say it’s more stressful than your first day of class. (Unless of course you have an 8 a.m. lecture and back-to-back classes until 6.) On move-in day, there are so many things to remember, do, and consider. I want to make your life as stress-free as possible which is why I’ve come up with some dorm room essentials that you need to have before move-in day.

No, I’m not going to list out every possible personal thing you need. I know that you’re going to be packing underwear and T-shirts on your own. What I’ve decided to list are dorm room essentials that you need to make your life easier, but are sometimes forgotten about. If you don’t have them, buy them now and be glad you did when it comes time to head off to collegeHere are eight dorm room essentials you need to have before move-in day.

Pillows And Blankets

No, your dorm is not supplying pillow, blankets, and sheets so unless you want to sleep without those — or unless you want to make an emergency trip to Target — make sure that you have all of your bedding. You might want to reuse what you have at home. It's a good thing to do but ensure that the bed you have in your dorm is the same size of the one you have at home. You want that fitted sheet to actually fit.

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Storage Baskets/Containers

Dorm rooms are pretty well organized and have a number of areas where you can store your stuff. But, most people find they need a few extra baskets and/or containers to keep everything organized. This is your school stuff you're talking about so you want to make sure that you actually find everything. Clear, stackable storage bins are favorites with dorm residents. People also like baskets they can label and/or put on their desk. Shop around and decide what will keep you the most organized and what will work with your dorm room the best.

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Laundry Basket

You do not want to be the person who uses a garbage bag or carries all of their laundry loose to the laundry room. Neither method is good. You can get a cheap, compact laundry basket that will keep your dirty clothes organized and make it easy to transport your stuff to the bathroom. While shopping for storage bins, you can even look for one that would work as a laundry basket.

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Shower Caddy

Shared bathrooms are the reality for the vast majority of college students. Even if you're sharing with a smaller group, it's very unlikely you're going to want to leave all of your products in the bathroom. First, there wouldn't be space for everyone to do that. Second, it's likely someone will end up using them. What you need is a shower caddy to tote all of your stuff to the shower and back to your dorm room. A small basket will work. Just make sure that you choose a material that will be okay if gets wet, like plastic. Some materials like wicker might look cute, but they're not practical. Same goes for anything with a fabric lining.

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A Desk Lamp

It's highly likely that your dorm will come with a desk light, but it might not be enough light for when you're studying into the wee hours of the morning. There could also be a corner of your room where you don't get enough light. If you have a desk lamp with an adjustable head, you can tweak it to bring light to almost any space. It's small which saves precious space in dorm rooms, but it will be bright enough to make a difference. Just remember to pack a decent bulb and a few spares.

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A Small Set Of Cutlery

You're likely going to be eating mostly in the cafeteria, but if you bring food back to your room, you will want to have something to eat it with. And sometimes you won't be forward-thinking enough to remember to bring back some plastic utensils. Therefore, it's a good idea to have a couple of forks, spoons, knives, microwavable plates, and glasses. They'll also come in handy if you want to microwave anything in the common microwave.

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Clothes Hangers

You are definitely going to remember your clothes, but hangers? They're often the thing that most people forget. There will likely be space to fold clothes into drawers, but I know you're going to want to hang things up in your wardrobe. So, don't forget a package of hangers. You don't want mom or dad to have to run out to get some as you're trying to unpack. They'll be enough to do on move-in day.

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Power Bar And Extension Cords

You will likely have a lot of things to plug in between your computer, printer, TV, lights, etc. No one wants to bring all of their electronics and realize too late that there aren't enough outlets to plug everything in. That's why it's always a good idea to pack a few power bars and extension cords. I bet your parents have some extras in the basement that they'll be happy to give you. If you don't need the cords and bar, keep a set just in case. You never know when you will.

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Bath Robe And Flip Flops

These are more personal belongings, but they're essential things for a dorm room and I don't want you to forget them hence why they're on the list. If you're not a robe person, you will very likely become one after sharing a bathroom with countless strangers. No one wants to walk the hall in a towel. Nor do they want to put their clothes back on when they're still wet from taking a shower. Yeah, you also don't want to be barefoot anywhere outside of your dorm room. Wear the flip flops in the hall, bathroom, and in the shower. Trust me on this.

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