Awesome Stuff for Your College Dorm Room
What should you take with you to college? As you’re putting together your list of the usual items like extra-long sheets, a bedspread, shower caddy, clothes, laptop, power strip and mini-fridge, consider these additional 12 items that you may not have thought of and that you’ll find helpful all semester long.
Portable laptop safe: While we’d like to believe everyone’s honest, the fact is that theft can happen on college campuses. Protect your laptop with a portable laptop safe. The safe holds laptops that are up to 15-inches in size, and can be secured to immovable furniture.
$56.96 from Dormco.com
Over-the-door shoe organizer: Even if you don’t have a lot of shoes, this over-the-door shoe organizer may come in handy. Not only can you store shoes in it, but you could also use it to store hair brushes, makeup, curling irons, lotions, first aid items, hair accessories, jewelry, small kitchen utensils (forks, knives, spoons), extra school supplies (such as scissors, pens, pencils, tape, Post-It Notes) or even snacks.
$13.33 from Dormco.com
Hi-Light clip light: Clip this light to your lofted bed or desk hutch for extra light where you need it. Choose from a variety of colors.
$39 from PBteen.com
Bedside storage caddy: Keep your smartphone, glasses, tissues and more close, even if you’re up in a loft. This bedside storage caddy has six compartments and attaches to the side of your bed.
$8.99 from UniversityHousewares.com
Bed clip fan: No air conditioning? No problem! Get a mini (6-inch) fan with a clip, so you can position it near your bed or desk to keep you cool as you study or sleep.
$12.98 from Dormco.com
Mini-futon: Need somewhere else to sit other than your desk chair or bed? Check out this dorm-sized mini-futon. It comes in several colors.
$49.99 from Dormco.com
3-Tier towel rack: What are you going to do with your wet towel when you’re done with your shower? Consider using an over-the-door towel rack so your towel can dry out between showers.
$8.57 from Dormco.com
Laundry duffel bag: Your large laundry basket or hamper may be nice to have in your dorm room, but what are you going to use to haul your dirty clothes all the way down to the laundry room in the dorm basement? This laundry duffel bag has a drawstring top and a shoulder strap to make hauling your laundry easier (and to keep everything from falling out).
$9.50 from Dormco.com
Clothes drying rack: Not all clothes are dryer-safe (think: sweaters and silk shirts, or delicate or embellished fabrics). A foldable drying rack is just what you need for those “line dry” or “lay flat to dry” items. You can fold the rack and hide it away when you’re not using it, and pull it out and set it up when you need to air-dry an item.
$17.77 from Dormco.com
Delicates wash bag: Doing laundry at college can be expensive! We know you’ll want to cram as much into a single load as possible. These lingerie and sweater wash bags are great for protecting clothing made of delicate fabrics (sweaters, undergarments and anything else that requires the “gentle cycle”). You can throw them in with the rest of the wash, without worrying about those items getting snagged or ruined.
$4.91 for 3 bags from Dormco.com
Cordless hand vacuum: Don’t forget you’ll need to clean your dorm room at some point, too! A small hand vacuum, like the Black and Decker Compact Cordless HandVac, can help you clean up most messes.
$29.99 from UniversityHousewares.com
Dorm tool kit: How many of your electronics items require a screwdriver to access the batteries? You never know when tools will come in handy, whether it’s for putting together your loft, changing electronics batteries or building a project for class. This Deluxe 30-piece Dorm Toolkit Kit has all the tools you might need.
$39.99 from UniversityHousewares.com