Hi, I’m Gina! Over the last few years, I’ve helped several of the teens I mentor move into their dorm rooms for their first year of college. I researched each time to ensure we always got the latest and greatest. But over the years, there are a few things that have proven to be most useful for dorm-living, many of them I would never expect!
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Bed risers are magical – they essentially add an additional closet under your bed. These incredibly sturdy Tower Trap bed risers also do double the work of monitoring for any creepy crawlers. (Did you know that dorms are common places for bed bugs? Ewwwww…)
In a teeny-tiny dorm room, any space is potentially a work space. This tricked out lap desk is key to making your bed a work area. Most importantly, it can hold your phone and even comes with a built-in lamp so you don’t have to bother your roommate when you’re up at 1 a.m. writing that paper.
Clever Alternative: And when your bed doubles as your desk, your desk can double as your vanity with this fold-away lighted mirror. Because, face it, no one is going to wait for you to do your makeup in the shared bathroom.
Let’s do the math: 2-3 roommates + 2 outlets x 3 devices each = potential hell. Avoid calamity and get the most of your limited outlets by getting these power strips with USB ports, so you don’t have to decide between powering your laptop or charging your phone or fighting with your roommate(s). Bonus point that this one is also surge protected.
The florescent lighting in most dorm rooms is awful! This desk lamp with USB ports desk lamp allows you to set the mood – you can dim or brighten it just by tapping on the base. Also, plug in your phone in the base while you sleep.
There are a lot of things you’ll want to hang up in your room throughout the day – like your towel, jackets, bags, hats, etc. Having over-the-door hooks hooks like these make it easy to spread them out in the dorm room.
Good shower sandals can help you feel more comfortable about taking showers in shared bathrooms. These sandals are great because they have holes on the bottom to drain out water but don’t allow the water from the floor to touch your feet.
Dorm beds can feel like they’re made out of hay and cardboard, but a great mattress topper can fix that. You might not get a lot of sleep, but you should make sure that the sleep that you do get is solid.
Unless your fancy dorm room comes with door to door laundry service, you’ll likely be porting your own massive bag of dirty clothes to the shared washers. A durable popup hamper folds away when you’re not using it, and has handles for toting your massive laundry load to the wash (or back home to mom ;-))
Here’s the thing: most dorm room beds are extra long twin beds, but most comforters are sized for regular twin beds. Be sure to grab an extra long comforter like this one, which will actually cover your whole bed AND make it possible to use washable comforter covers.