I previously wrote a post in which I shared Dorm Room Shower Caddy and Bathroom Essentials. In this post I will be sharing Dorm Room Essentials for the kitchen, study area and sleeping area in the dorm. Like most of you we are working on an extremely tight budget so I would suggest using as many things from home as you can.
Dorm Room Essentials
Sleeping Area Essentials List
If your student has a twin bed you can save a lot of money by using the bedding she already has. You could buy a new throw pillow or extra blanket to add to the old bedding to tie it in with the new room. Make sure to purchase the zippered bed bug protector pad or sheet. It’s my number 1 priority for the bed area and some dorms actually require it.
sheet set – twin or xl twin (depending on college)
zippered bed bug protector pad (usually required)
mattress pad (dorm beds are pretty hard)
throw blanket or extra blanket
throw pillows (optional)
rug (optional, but great in a cold area)
Study Area Essentials List
Your student probably already has many of the study area essentials. Use what you already have to save money and to not waste supplies. Of course, purchase any required supplies for classes. Those can usually be purchased at the University bookstore.
desk drawer organizers
spiral notebooks or composition books
fabric for bulletin board (optional)
Kitchen Essentials List
We were able to save a little money on the kitchen supplies by giving our student duplicates of things we had at home. She has a full kitchen in her dorm so we needed to buy a minimum of things to stock the kitchen. She will be preparing easy food most of the time and eating in the cafe about once a week. Take what you need from this list.
pots and pans
ice cream scoop
salt and pepper shakers
plastic storage containers
stickers for food
More Dorm Room Essentials
There’s always a few things that are needed that you might not think of. We tried to think of everything since she won’t have a car and there aren’t many stores close by. Take what you need from this list.
duffle bag (weekend trips)
dvd case (optional)
folding step stool (needed for kitchen cabinets and closet)
full length mirror
stacking drawers (for under the bed)
hamper (with laundry items)
wall decor (optional)
small tool kit
Can you think of anything to add to these lists? Don’t forget to check out the Dorm Room Shower Caddy and Bathroom Essentials link at the top of this post.
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