The Ultimate Dorm Room Essentials List for College

complete college dorm room essentials list

Before heading out to college, make sure to stack up and pack college dorm room essentials. Without these, you might have a hard time living in a dorm and getting your daily needs done before heading out for classes.

Our college packing list has everything that college student needs to keep in their dorm room from bedding to dorm room electronics.

Bedding and Sleep Essentials for Dorm

01. Sheets

Our Pick: Bare Home Twin XL Sheet Set

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Dorm beds come in irregular sizes which means the sheets you bring from home won’t sometimes make the fit. It is better to go for Twin XL sheets for the dorm bed. Our pick is a Twin XL microfiber extra-long sheet that will be more comfortable and extremely soft.

02. Pillows

Our Pick: Utopia Beddings Premium Queen Size Premium Pillows

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Enough sleep is often an underrated kind of rest that every college student must take. A good pillow can help you get a better night’s sleep with sweet dreams. Our pick for the dorm pillows is Utopia’s premium pillows which are large, super soft, and comfortable.

03. Pillowcases

Our Pick: Get Shit Done Dorm Throwpillow Cases

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Sleeping enough hours is important for a college student, as it is important to study for a few hours a day. Get shit done dorm throw pillowcases will remind you of the work you have to do if you went to bed in the daytime (if you ain’t a night owl).

04. Blanket

Our Pick: Bare Home Polar Fleece Blanket Twin XL

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05. Comforter

Our Pick: ViscoSoft Down Alternative Reversible Comforter Twin XL 


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Just as a bedsheet you do need a twin XL comforter that will fit your dorm bed. The dorm bed comforter should be soft and durable. ViscoSoft provides a reversible twin XL comforter that’s cozy, soft and durable enough for a college student to use.

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06. Mattress Covers

Our Pick: SafeRest Twin XL Classic Plus 100% Waterproof

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Dorm beds usually come with a mattress – a mattress protector could ease your mind about spilling things over on the mattress. SafeRest Twin XL size classic plus mattress protector is 100% waterproof and comes with a 10-year warranty.

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07. Mattress Pad

Our Pick: Bedsure Twin XL Mattress Pad

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A mattress pad has a memory foam topper which could make your uncomfy dorm mattress into a comfy hotel-like mattress in a second. Bedsure Twin XL microfiber mattress pad is soft and comfortable enough to help you sleep better at night.

08. Eye Mask

Our Pick: FRESHME Cotton Sleep Mask Blackout

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Sometimes dorm curtains may not be able to block all the lights that come into the room. In that case to help you sleep you might need a sleep mask around. FRESHME cotton sleep mask is 100% handmade and comfortable for your eyes – so you won’t have to worry about falling asleep a bit quicker.

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09. Ear Plugs

Our Pick: QQCherry Noise Canceling Earplugs 

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Late-night activities are a kind of a thing in college. Just like the light, you may not be able to sleep at night accounting for the noises that come into the room even though you took precautions. QQCherry noise-canceling earplugs have three-layer protection which makes them perfect for sleeping as well as studying.

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10. Alarm Clock

Our Pick: JALL Wooden Alarm Clock

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Early classes can be a little bit harder to attend in college if you don’t wake up early enough. This is why you must have an alarm clock in your dorm – even though you have an alarm on your phone. JALL wooden alarm clock is portable enough and has a wireless phone charger built in which is really helpful for a college student living in a dorm.

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Laundry Essentials for Dorm

11. Laundry Hampers

Our Pick: CleverMade Collapsible Laundry Caddy

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Dirty laundry pilling up in your dorm could really ruin the view for you – especially after you spend money on a dorm room theme. To keep your dirty laundry and carry it to the laundry room you might need a portable laundry hamper. CleverMade collapsible laundry caddy could hold up to two loads of dirty laundry and has two separate divided areas to keep both dirty and clean clothes in it.

12. Hangers

Our Pick: NEATERIZE Plastic Clothes Hangers

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13. Laundry Detergent

Our Pick: Tide Pode Laundry Detergent Packs 

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Keeping your dirty clothes ain’t going to help you every day – cleaning and washing them is a must, especially in college. To clean dirty clothes, laundry detergent is a must-have in your dorm room. Tide Pode laundry detergent packs became our first pick since it also includes dryer sheets as well as a scent booster.

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14. Clothes Steamer

Our Pick: Hilife Portable Clothes Streamer

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Using an iron and a board is one of the ways to remove wrinkles from clothes – but this could take more space in your dorm room. Using a portable clothes streamer is the next best option you have which saves you space in the dorm room. Hilife portable steamer for clothes can give you 700W power steam and a 9-foot cord which you can use to iron your clothes remotely.

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15. Ironing Board

Our Pick: BNYD Portable Ironing Mat Blanket

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Ironing your clothes is pretty much important unless you want to wear wrinkled clothes in classes. However, the traditional iron board could take up a lot of space in your dorm room – which you won’t have much left after unpacking. This portable ironing mat blanket from BNYD can be put on a metallic or flat surface to iron your clothes and it will help you save while removing wrinkles in your clothes.

16. Iron

Our Pick: Black+Decker Compact Steam Iron

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Storage Essentials for Dorm Room

17. Under Bed Storage Bags

Our Pick: Onlyeasy Foldable Underbed Bags

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Storing your clothes or items under the dorm bed can save a ton of space in the dorm room. These foldable under-bed bags from Onlyeasy have tons of space, portability, and more than enough durability to be used in the dorm room.

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18. Bed Side Shelves

Our Pick: Sidekiix Bedside Shelf

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It will be cool to have your laptop on your side of the bed without having to worry about it falling over, especially if you have a lofted dorm bed. Sidekiix heavy-duty storage tray can hold your laptop, cellphones, or heavy textbooks and it is the perfect bedside shelve you could buy for a dorm bed.

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19. Storage Ottoman

Our Pick: B FSOBEIIALEO Storage Ottoman Cube

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20. Hanging Closet Organizer

Our Pick: MONINXS Hanging 6 Shelves Closet Organizer

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21. Shoe Organizer

Our Pick: MISSLO Door Shoe Rack

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School Supplies for Dorm

22. Backpack

Our Pick: Matein Travel College Laptop Backpack

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23. Pens

Our Pick: BIC Round Stic Grip Xtra Comfort Ballpoint Pens

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24. Pencils

Our Pick: BIC Xtra-Precision Mechanical Pencils

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25. Highlighters

Our Pick: Sharpie Clear View Highlighters

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26. Spiral Notebooks

Our Pick: Mead Spiral Notebooks

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27. Pocket Folders

Our Pick: Better Office Products Letter Size Pocket Folders

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Living Space Essentials for Dorm

28. Fan

Our Pick: Dreo Nomad One Tower Fan

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29. Portable Vaccum Cleaner

Our Pick: VacLife Handheld Vacuum

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30. Rug

Our Pick: Andecor Soft Fluffy Bedroom Rugs

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31. Full HD TV

Our Pick: SAMSUNG 32-inch Class LED Smart TV

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32. Roku

Our Pick: Roku Streaming Stick

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33. Bluetooth Speaker

Our Pick: JBL Charge 4 

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34. Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Our Pick: Anker Soundcore Life Q20

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35. Surge Protector

Our Pick: HANYCONY Surge Protector Power Strip

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Kitchen Essentials for Dorm Room

36. Mini Fridge

Our Pick: Euhomy Mini Fridge with Freezer

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37. Microwave

Our Pick: COMFEE’ CM-M091AGN Retro Microwave

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38. Electric Kettle

Our Pick: Hamilton Beach Electric Tea Kettle

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39. Rice Cooker

Our Pick: Audecook Digital Mini Rice Cooker

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40. Blender

Our Pick: Hamilton BPA-Free Personal Blender

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41. Pots and Pans

Our Pick: Gibson Home Back to Basics Cookware Set

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42. Water Filter

Our Pick: Brita Large Everyday Water Pitcher

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43. Silverware

Our Pick: Radley & Stowe Stainless Steel Flatware

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44. Knives

Our Pick: STAR SMART Knives Set

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45. Cutting Board

Our Pick: Dexas Flexible Cutting Board Set 

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46. College Cookbook

Our Pick: The Complete College Cookbook 500 Recipes

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The Conclusion – Ultimate Dorm Essentials and College Packing List

Packing for college can be a tough task – especially if you are not sure what to bring to college for your freshman year. Our dorm room essentials list has everything that college students need to keep in their dorm rooms.

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