The ultimate list of must-haves for college dorms in 2022

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Do you remember when you first went off to college? It was the first time you left home, you lived alone (probably with a few roommates), bought school supplies, made many new friends, and made many new memories.

Go into college with our Ultimate Dorm Essentials Checklist and be prepared for a new chapter in your life.

University

Dorm necessities to stay well rested

  • Sheets (Check with your college for the correct size; many dorm beds require extra-long twin sheets)
  • Bath towels, washcloths, hand towels
  • Pillows and pillowcases
  • Blankets/comforters/duvet
  • Etc.

Dormitory necessities to maintain good hygiene

  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Body wash, lotion, and/or oils
  • Loofah or wash cloths
  • Hand soap and sanitizer
  • Face wash, moisturizer, and other skincare products
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss
  • Comb or brush
  • Hair styling tools (flat iron, curling iron, dryer, etc.)
  • Razors and shaving cream
  • Cotton swabs
  • Sunscreen and bug spray
  • Toilet paper
  • Deodorant
  • Cleaning supplies and air freshener
  • Etc.

University Dormitory

Keeping healthy dorm necessities

  • Prescription meds, along with a plan for refilling them (Either ask your doc to send your next refill to a pharmacy near campus or, if possible, have your pharmacy transfer the prescription to a local branch.)
  • Over-the-counter meds you use regularly (Think: ibuprofen/acetaminophen, cold and flu meds, menstrual relief products, antacids, cough drops, etc.
  • Vitamins
  • First aid kit with bandages, alcohol wipes, and antibiotic ointment
  • Tissues
  • Allergy medication
  • Birth control

Electronic technology dormitory necessities

  • Phone and charger
  • Power strip/surge protector to protect your computer (Note: Not all multi-outlet devices are actually surge protectors, so make sure it's labeled as such.)
  • Extension cords
  • Earbuds or headphones
  • Laptop, charger and case
  • Cables (HDMI/ethernet)
  • Charging cube/brick for USB cables
  • Robot Vacuum Cleaner

Moving away from home for the first time is an adventure. Adventures are always a little bit exciting and a little bit scary, so prepare your college co-ed for success with this ultimate list of dorm room essentials. Any other dorm room essentials you know of, leave a comment in the comments section.

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