Top 10 Most Forgotten Dorm Room Essentials

by - Monday, August 18, 2014

As many of my friends are gearing up to head back to college, my recent post-grad status has forced me into a deep reflection period. I find myself longing to shop for school supplies at my local Walmart and thinking of ways to decorate my college dorm room. I remember moving into my freshman dorm room. I packed practically everything I owned to move into that 10'x10' concrete box. 

While I thought I was prepared, I found after unpacking that I wasn't prepared for the challenges brought on by college dorm rooms. It was sweltering hot that first month as my university didn't supply air conditioning to the dorms, the cafeteria food made my stomach turn and my posters wouldn't stick to the concrete walls with sticky tack! Ahh, the woes of college. I hope that you'll learn from my mistakes and not forget these 10 college essentials when packing for college this month! 

Power Strip - Dorm rooms are very limited when it comes to electrical outlets! One of these babies will be your saving grace! There's enough outlets to plug in your laptop to keep the music going, charge your phones, and plug in your curling iron and straightener when you're getting ready to go out with your girlfriends!

Command Hooks & Strips - I learned pretty quickly that tape and sticky tack just do not help when it comes to hanging posters and frames onto concrete brick walls! Command Hooks and Strips will help you keep your posters hanging all year round.

Bed Risers - Dorm rooms are basically small boxes. Create more vertical space with bed risers! With these, I was able to gain enough space to place my mini fridge under my bed.

Over-Door Mirror - Many dorms don't come with mirrors. Be prepared to bring your own unless you want to get ready with the other hundred girls on your dorm floor in the communal bathroom (ew).

Shower Caddy - Speaking of communal bathrooms, don't forget to bring a shower caddy! Place all of your hygiene products in one of these for easy transportation down the hall. Don't be that girl who carries all of her shower products in her arms down the all to the bathroom in her robe. The results of trying to pull a stunt like that can lead to major embarrassment. Not that I would have any experience with that...

Ibuprofen - Whether it's a migraine from your loud dorm mates or from lack of sleep from studying, make sure to keep some form of headache medicine around!

Quick tip: do not take Tylenol if you've had a fun night out with alcohol present. The chemicals do not mix well and could cause major damage to your liver. Don't take it when you wake up the next day either. Stick to aspirin or ibuprofen. Also, drink responsibly.

Fan - I'm not sure if your school provides air conditioning to it's dorms but I know Ashland University did not. Those dorm rooms become unbearably hot during the first month of school since it's still the summer season. Students at AU often duct taped their box fans to the windows to create air flow!

Tums - Dorm food and cafeteria food aren't always the most healthy options. Enough said.

Memory Stick - Don't be the student who can't turn in a paper because their laptop crashed. Always make sure to back up your papers and files frequently!

Kleenex Expressions Oval Facial Tissue - Whether it's a makeup spill as you're getting ready for a girls night out or a breakdown from the stress of finals week, Kleenex has your back! Their new Expressions Oval Facial Tissues come in adorable chevron prints that will kick your dorm decor up a notch!

The Kleenex Expressions Oval Facial Tissues chevron designs can be found in the back to School, Back to College or tissue aisles at your local Walmart Supercenter!

Here is my  desk from my freshman year (wow, things certainly have changed)! If only the chevron oval facial tissues existed back then! They would have looked so cute on the top shelf with my flowers, don't you think? *Goes back in time and places a box on my shelf.* Much better… :p

Written by Ashliegh from The Darling Daily

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