Dorm Life – 10 Most Forgotten Items You’ll Need For Your Dorm Room

Grads!  You're about to embark on an extremely exciting time in your life!  You're about to become more independent.  Being on your own comes with some new responsibilities when it comes to taking care of yourself and your new 'home'.  Dorm Life - These 10 Most Forgotten Items You'll Need For Your Dorm Room will help you get started!

Don't forget these items when you head off to college!

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First Aid Kit

Little emergencies are going to happen.  Having a first aid kit will def come in handy.  This one includes a CPR Respirator.

Extra Batteries

Remotes, fans, speakers.  You can never have too many batteries.  Even rechargables.  The most popular sizes are AA, AAA, C, and D.  Make sure you dont need any of those little round batteries.  They can be a bitch to find sometimes.


Make sure you dont forget it in your car!  I always leave mine in my truck and then, well, I end up soaked.  I chose this one b/c it's compact enough to fit in your backpack.  Going from your dorm room to class may be a looong walk!

Water Filter

So your water tastes like home water.  Less plastic waste too.

Small Safe

You dont want a safe someone could walk off with.  Sure, they dont have the combo, but, still...Nor do you want or need a big one (dorms are small already).  I found this one that attaches around furniture!  Perfect!  And, it's not expensive.  Small enough to hold your keys, wallet, extra cash, and other valuables.

Sleep Mask

Must have for your sanity with a night owl roommate.  Or studying all night....b/c you wouldnt ever stay out all night partying 😉


For "that" dorm room smell when you can't use candles.  I wanted to include the essential oils in case you've not used them before.  This will give you a great jumping off point.

Here's a quick rundown:  Lavender:  great for relaxing and sleeping.  Tea Tree: boosts immunity, fights infections, reduces anxiety, and relieves insomnia as well as congestion.  Peppermint: can boost energy, clear the respiratory tract, stimulate circulation, alleviate feelings of nervous tension and stress, and soothe feelings of irritability.  Orange:  Antimicrobial activity.  Anxiety and depression. Reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Pain relief.  Lemongrass:  Relax, improve mood, repel mosquitoes, fight headaches, and even purify the air.  Eucalyptus: Relieve mental exhaustion by boosting circulation, stimulating the mind out of sluggishness and rejuvenating the spirit.

I am totally getting one of these too!

Full Length Mirror

If you cant find one at a thrift store, I thought this one was great b/c you can hang it over your door (main or bathroom).  We all want to do that "final check" before heading out the door.


So you know when it's time to call mom...I mean the doctor.

Tool Kit

You wont have to worry about any guys in your building stealing your pink took kit!  You'd be surprised how handy (and how often) you'll need this.  Trust me.  You'll have plenty of random fixes come up during your four(ish) years.

I feel like this is a pretty comprehensive list.  Moms of recent grads and college-bound friends, comment below with anything I've missed.  Move-in day is right around the corner so make sure you get started planning!

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