10 Dorm Room Essentials

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I brought way too many things to school with me this year. But now that I have a year of college under my belt, I have a pretty good idea of what I need and what I can leave at home. In order to hopefully save you from overpacking like I did, I've compiled a list of my ten dorm room essentials, in no particular order.

As part of my summer blogging schedule, I'm planning to release a college-related post every other week. I'd love to hear in the comments below if this is something you're interested in!

Mattress Topper | I know I said this list was in no particular order, but that's with the exception of this first item. My mattress topper was without a doubt my best purchase for my dorm room, so I'm including it first. It's common knowledge that dorm mattresses are about as comfortable as a brick, but they do not have to be that way. With a memory foam topper, that rock-hard mattress became even more comfortable than my bed at home, and I felt pampered every night as I fell asleep.

Mirrors | Dorm rooms are certainly not the most well-equipped, and that holds true with mirrors. Our room only had a mirror in each medicine cabinet, which wasn't convenient for more than brushing hair. So, rather than walking to the bathroom every time we needed a mirror, my roommate and I hung an over-the-door mirror on the outside of our closet and each had a vanity mirror on our desk for doing makeup.

Blackout Curtains | One item that I didn't know I needed but now couldn't have imagined our room without is blackout curtains. Sleep is already limited enough for college students, so the last thing you need is to be kept up all night by the bright lights outside your window or woken up earlier than you need to be by the sunrise. The price is well worth the benefit, though I'll warn you it makes getting out of bed in the morning even more difficult.

Lamp | When living with a roommate, it's very unlikely that you will both go to bed at the same time every night. Out of respect for her, place a lamp on your desk so you can study late at night but still turn the overhead lights off.

Key Hooks | It's no fun locking your keys in your dorm room or losing them altogether. My roommate, Cameron, and I avoided doing so all year by sticking two command hooks--one for each of us--beneath the light switch right next to our door. We would remember to take our keys when we turned the lights off and put them back when we turned the lights on. It was such a simple solution but made our lives much easier! (keychain)

Extra Long Charger | Dorm rooms have very few outlets, and those they do have seem to be in the least convenient places. Solve this issue with an extra long phone charger (along with multiple power strips and extension cords) so your phone can always charge nearby.

Storage Cart | While our room was on tour for prospective students, Cameron and I got lots of questions about our storage cart. It's a convenient place to keep dishes, utensils, and food and drink products like we do, or really anything else. Plus, it couldn't be more affordable!

Printer | Having your own printer will make your life much easier. There's no need to trek across campus late at night to print your essay when you can do it right from your room! And if, like Georgetown, your school charges for printing, you can avoid having to load money to your account each time you need to print something.

Keurig | Like a printer, you'll be thankful you have a Keurig during the cold winter months. It's nice to be able to make a hot drink from the comfort of your room and to not have to wake up early in order to get coffee across campus.

Labels | Cameron's mom was prepared for move-in with all sorts of labeling products. She lent me these bin labels, which worked perfectly with the bins at the top of my closet. They allowed me to know which bin to grab when I was looking for something, rather than having to rifle through all of them.

What are your must-haves for dorm living? Stay tuned for my comprehensive college packing list in two weeks!
P.S. Check out my freshman dorm room tour if you haven't already. It's my most popular post! 

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