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10 Commonly Forgotten Dorm Essentials

Aug 8, 2023

10 Commonly Forgotten Dorm Essentials

It may feel too early, but for college students [and parents of them], it’s key season for back-to-school shopping. While the massive shopping trip for new bedding, storage bins, and a shower caddy may be complete, there’s always that nagging feeling that you’re forgetting to buy or pack something super important. We’ve scoured the edges of the internet and watched a bunch of TikTok videos to round up some of the most forgotten college essentials.

  1. A trash can. And don’t forget the trash bags. If your room has an attached bathroom, make sure to bring a mini one too.
  2. Multi-outlet extension cord. Dorm rooms are notoriously short on outlets.
  3. Laundry supplies. If you or your campus is environmentally conscious, consider an eco-friendly powdered detergent like Ingredients Matter Laundry Soap and some wool dryer balls instead of laundry sheets.
  4. Silverware and a few dishes (plus a scrubber to wash them). After all, you won’t be eating every meal in the cafeteria, and midnight ramen really isn’t finger food.
  5. Ear plugs. While noise-canceling headphones are great for studying and playing video games, sleeping in them can be challenging. These Loop sleeping earplugs are a great solution.
  6. A fan. Multi-purpose! Drown out those noises down the hall, cool off your 1970s dorm room, or blow some wrinkles out of the only button-down shirt you packed.
  7. Grooming kit. A travel-size one could be perfect, complete with a nail file, tweezers, fingernail clipper, and tiny scissors; you’ll be surprised how often this comes in handy.
  8. Hanging shoe organizers. One for your shoes, one for all the other little things you need to store (honestly, these can make great mini pantries too).
  9. A medical kit. Over-the-counter must-haves like ibuprofen and Tylenol, Band-Aids, and an ice pack- will save you a few trips to the neighborhood drug store.
  10. An easy-to-store, easy-to-pack laundry tote. This heavy-duty canvas bag can be thrown over the shoulder for easy lugging down the hall or to your parent’s house on the weekend.


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