If you are moving into the dorms for the first time, you have a big task ahead of you. You will need to transfer your entire world into half of a closet-sized dorm room. Knowing what college supplies to pack to make your space comfortable is one of the hardest tests you’ll need to pass during your first year living on campus.
Many students have made the move into a dorm only to realize that they are missing something essential. Putting a living space together isn’t always easy, and preparedness is half the battle. Do you have all the college essentials you need to turn a dorm into a home?
Read on to learn about five things you’ll want to pack for move-in day when going to college for the first time.
1. The Humble Power Strip
Warning: dorm rooms are often smaller than they appear in the fancy photos in your school’s viewbook. The room you saw on your campus tour was probably an exception, not a rule. The last thing you need when you arrive for college move in is a tangled web of electrical cords cluttering up an already tiny space.
While you can change many things, you won’t be able to change the location of your electrical outlets. Maximizing space sometimes requires you to move furniture to block or obscure them. Having a handy power strip can provide you with a great deal of freedom in terms of accessibility and design.
2. A Bed in a Bag
Dorm rooms are gross. Even neat and clean dorm rooms are gross. Your bed will quickly become your oasis in your shared space, and you deserve a little luxury.
You can start with a bed-in-a-bag. Most sets include fitted sheets, flat sheets, and pillowcases. A comforter, quilt, or duvet cover will add a pop of color (or lack thereof) to help make the space your own.
3. Posters and Tapestries
The walls in an empty dorm room are stark and bare. It can be hard to make an institutional space feel homey without something to soften the harsh edges. That’s why so many students swear by posters and tapestries.
Dorm room decorating is a lot easier if you have something to decorate with. Bringing a few things to get you started is always a good idea.
4. Bed Risers and Mattress Pads in College
Remember what I said about your bed becoming your oasis? A mattress pad will make your thin, institutional mattress a lot more bearable. Likewise, bed risers will provide you with a little boost of extra storage space to help kick the clutter.
5. Snacks, Snacks, Snacks
Sure, you have a meal plan. Sure, you saw vending machines on the tour. When you’re cramming for an exam at 3:00 AM, however, you’ll be very glad to have the Cheetos on hand.
You can help combat The Freshman Fifteen by packing light and healthy snacks. When they’re convenient and paid for, you’re more likely to make a healthy choice. A few yogurts in the mini-fridge have saved lives!
College Essentials for Student Success
Ultimately, everyone has different “college essentials.” Be sure to pack anything that you personally need to feel comfortable in your new home. Allow your personality to shine through and you’ll create a space that you are happy to return to after a long day of classes!
Looking for more college preparation tips to help you spruce up your space? Check out the rest of our blog for more posts featuring decorating tips. Your dorm will feel like a home in no time!