Going to live in a college dorm is a challenging experience for many people and for new college freshmen who are leaving home for the first time it can be a difficult to decide what to pack. These are the basic college essentials that all dorm students should have
1) Alarm Clock
One of the most important things about college life is getting to class on time and the best way to do this is by using an alarm clock. The best alarm clocks are those that have a spot for backup batteries that keep the clock running in the event that the electricity shuts off.
2) Laundry Hamper
Don’t just leave your clothes on the floor or shove them under your bed. Buy a plastic laundry hamper so you can keep all of your dirty clothes separate from your clean ones. As a bonus, get a laundry hamper that has wheels so you can use it like a laundry basket as well.
3) Storage Tubs
Plastic storage tubs are a great way to organize your extra clothes or other belongings. These storage tubs typically come in different sizes and colors to match your room décor. A long flat tub will fit perfectly under a bed while smaller tubs can be stacked in corners or placed on shelves.
4) Garbage Cans
Make sure to have a small garbage can for your room and one for the bathroom area. If you have a kitchen area make sure you have a very large kitchen sized garbage can because kitchen garbage accumulates very quickly, especially if you share the area with several other people. Don’t forget the garbage bags.
5) Television/DVD Player/Video games
If you live in a dorm you will have lots of down time between classes so a television with a DVD player and maybe some video games are a great way to relax. If you are someone who has trouble making friends in new places video games are a great way to break the ice, just ask your roommates or floor mates if they want to play some video games with you. Who knows, you might just start a new friendship this way.
6) MP3 player with headphones
While you might want to listen to your new stereo on full blast, chances are your roommate will not. The best solution to this is to buy an iPod or other mp3 player and use headphones. You can turn the music up as loud as you want without disturbing others around you. You can even use it to listen to music on your way to class.
Meal plans can be expensive and let’s face it, the food is lousy. If you have a kitchen area in your dorm you should take advantage of that. Some essential kitchen items include plates, bowls, flatware, glasses, skillets, pans, pots, potholders, serving utensils and plastic Tupperware for storing leftovers.
8) First Aid kit
Accidents happen so you never know when one might come in handy. You can buy one pre packaged at any drug store of you can make your own. Essential items include band-aids, medical tape, gauze, disinfectant, tweezers, disposable plastic gloves, aspirin, an oral thermometer, and sanitizing wipes.
9) Weather appropriate clothes
If you are going to school in Alaska a warm winter coat is required, but if you are going to school in Florida you probably won’t need one. An umbrella is always a good idea as well as rain or snow boots. Pack sweaters for the cold or shorts if it is a warm climate.
10) Cell phone
You will want to keep in touch with your family and friends while you are away so a cell phone is a must. In an event of an emergency a cell phone might save your life. If you can’t afford a monthly plan get a minute phone and keep it in case of an emergency.