College Dorm

5 Things I Wish I Brought to College

As August approaches and summer winds down, you can’t help but think of the upcoming fall semester. Don’t forget to add these items to your list to make your dorm life a little bit easier.

Ear Plugs

1. Earplugs: Your motto may be “early to bed, early to rise” but that may not be the case for your neighbor. Stock up on disposable earplugs to get through raucous nights and studious nights alike.


2. A small vacuum: Apartment dwellers will easily remember to bring along cleaning supplies but if you’re living in a dorm, this may not be at the top of your list of priorities when you’re making your packing list. A vacuum or broom will come in handy more often than you might think.


3. Water purifier: Rather than stocking up on bottled water, try bringing along a small purifier to keep in your room. Be sure to bring at least one washable cup along as well. Bonus: It’s much more environmentally friendly!

Desk Accessories

 4. Storage and Organization: It can be easy to overlook things like pencil cups but having an organized room makes a huge difference especially during stressful times. Don’t forget extra storage bins for under your bed as well.


5. Printer: Many colleges have free printing but don’t underestimate the convenience of being able to print a paper at 3am. Printing everything on your own can get expensive quickly though so make sure you’re using it only when it is completely necessary.

What did we forget? Tell us about your overlooked dorm essentials in the comments below!

The Downloadable College Dorm Essentials Checklist

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In these last few weeks of summer, the last thing most students are worried about is packing and buying things for their new dorm room or apartment. With some planning and initiative, as well as some bargain hunting, moving into a new dorm can be a fun and exciting experience. It gives many students a chance to express themselves in an entirely new way. Whether it’s the comforter with pizzazz, multi-colored storage bins, or your favorite bands’ poster on the wall, what you buy can make your new place truly your own. Hand-me-downs from your older brother or sister are usually the cheapest way to furnish your new space, but for those unique things that truly make it personalized you may have to spend a little money. Let us help you avoid the daze that looms over college freshman with a checklist that includes EVERYTHING that you will need this upcoming year. Attached is a printable checklist that you can use as a guide for this back-to-school season. Here is a highlight of just a few key items on the list:

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1. Stackable Foot Lockers

Spice up any dorm with fun, stackable footlockers. They are perfect for stacking away your everyday t-shirts and jeans, or tossing all your shoes into.

2. Duvet Sets

Need a hint for college bedding? Buy a down comforter and duvet cover for easy to was bedding. Washing a comforter is a pain, but with a down comforter you can just take off the duvet cover, throw it in the wash, and put it back on.

3. Date Organized Calendar

These calendars are perfect because they keep you organized with your busy school schedule, but you can also be creative because they are usually dry-erase. Turn a boring class calendar into a creative, colorful board.

4. iPod Dock

Here is an instant way to meet friends around the dorm! Prop open the door and turn on some jams with an iPod dock to invite in some people from your residence hall.

5. The Mini Stapler

This item has become one of my top must-haves in college the past few years. A mini stapler can sit on your desk in your dorm, or travels around easily in your bag. This item is great to have on those mornings that a paper is due and you totally forgot to staple the pages together. It is a great way to meet people in class, because there is bound to be a person needing to borrow!

After you get all of your dorm essentials and desk supplies, don’t forget to rent your books at

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