High school graduation has come and gone. The countdown to the day you drop your child off at their freshman college dorm has begun. You may want to savor these last days and ignore the inevitable, but it is time to start thinking about outfitting your child’s new home away from home.
Rookie moms and dads tend to make the same mistakes when it comes to back to school shopping for their college-bound kids. The dorm shopping checklist will show up around the time you send your first tuition check. When you sent them off to kindergarten, you bought everything on the list. Don’t approach college dorm shopping the same way. Experienced parents will tell you, less is more!
Dorm rooms are notoriously small and most of the space is shared between two or even three people. Hopefully, your child has connected with their future roommates and they have divvied up what they will be contributing to the room plan. Could you imagine if everyone showed up to college with a mini fridge?
Some purchases are better left until move in day. Once your child gets situated in their room, you will get a clearer view of what items you still need to pick up. You’ll meet a number of new parents at the local box store during freshman orientation. Bed risers sound like a good idea in theory, but they are not compatible with bunks. Also, many dorms have adjustable bed frames so it is easy to customise how much room is left underneath. If you’re lucky, the dresser will slide in, saving a ton of space. Pick up a step stool or tucking in will be a challenge at night.
Before you grab your credit card, check out these college dorm room must-haves.
Best Protection For Your Gear
Belkin 12-Outlet Advanced Power Strip Surge Protector with 8-Foot Power Cord and Ethernet
Most dorm rooms do not provide an ample supply of electrical outlets, and those you do have need to be shared between roommates. This surge protector provides protection for over 12 electronic devices, as well as protecting ethernet, coaxial, and telephone connections. The 8-foot cord allows you to plug into the nearest outlet while allowing enough room to reach all of your devices. The low-profile plug fits easily in tight spaces, such as behind a desk or bunk bed.
Best Sleep Away From Home
AllerEase Maximum Allergy and Bed Bug Waterproof Zippered Mattress Protector
Dorm mattresses are notoriously lumpy. A mattress protector not only adds a touch of comfort, but it is a hygienic solution as well. This twin XL mattress protector will easily slip onto a standard dorm mattress which is 5 inches longer than a regular twin size bed. The zippered closure fully encases your mattress, creating a layer that guards against dust mites, pet dander, pollen and other allergens.
TaoTronics LED Desk Lamp with USB Charging Port
Five custom levels of brightness make this lamp perfect for homework, studying, reading, or hanging out with friends. Conveniently charge your devices via the built-in USB, all while keeping your smartphone or tablet within arms reach.
Best Solution For Shared Bathrooms
Attmu Mesh Shower Caddy, Quick Dry Shower Tote Bag
Available in six fun colors, this soft sided shower caddy will keep your toiletries organized on the go. Made of tough and versatile mesh, this tote features 8 outer pockets plus a large center compartment to keep all of your essentials easily accessible. Quick drying and rust proof, this versatile tote is perfect for shared bathroom situations.
Best Cordless Kettle
Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle – 1.7 Liter
Ideal for any dorm room, this cordless kettle quickly boils up to 1 liter of water. After the cafeteria closes, this must-have accessory allows you to quickly make a cup of tea or that favorite college staple, ramen. Turn the kettle on and walk away without having to worry. Once the water begins to boil, the kettle turns itself off automatically.