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1. A door stop that’ll basically act as your wingman when it comes to making new friends.
“The easiest way to make friends is using a door stop to keep your door open, allowing people to come in and get to know you (especially during freshers week).” —k4d9845396
2. A white noise machine that’ll turn your room into a much-needed ~quiet oasis~ amidst the chaos of dorm life and its too-thin walls.
“My walls were so thin and I would always get woken up in the middle of the night by my roommates, but after I bought this, I could actually fall asleep and *stay* asleep even if they were talking outside my door. It also helps for when you need a quiet study space!” —alishap42baa892a
Get this one from Amazon for $29.99.
4. A big ‘ol pack of Tide Pods to mask all the parties your clothes will go through and keep up the illusion that they smell like ~spring meadows~.
“So much easier to carry to the laundry room than a bottle of detergent.” —Idalys NM
5. A comfy robe that you’ll probably end up throwing on at least once a day.
7. A rolling laundry hamper to make laundry days ~slightly~ less of a pain in the butt.
8. An eye mask to help you fall asleep even if every light in your dorm room is turned on.
“You’re gonna have quite a few late nights when your roommate just won’t get off their stupid laptop. This baby will help you fall asleep in no time.” —sierrah43af12414
Get this one from Amazon for $11.95.
9. An automatic air freshener that’ll make your room smell 1000x times better with minimal effort (lazy people, rejoice!).
“No better feeling than walking into a room that smells good, plus your friends will enjoy hanging around your room more often.” —Idalys NM
10. A planner to help you keep track of the millions of things you’ll have to remember to do each week.
Well, it will *feel* like millions of things. It could actually be a bit less than that. A bit.
“I LIVED by my planner in college. Seriously. Writing down your assignments and planning them out a little bit at a time really alleviates stress and, ultimately, gives you more time to do fun things. An absolute necessity!” —Sam Beedy, Facebook
Get this one at Paper Source for $20.95.
12. A mini fridge to keep snacks and meals on hand because a steady food supply is absolutely crucial for late night study sessions (and, you know, just in general).
“Cafeteria food gets old fast (and let’s not even talk about what it does to your bowels). Sometimes you just want fresh fruits and veggies or to save your leftovers from a night out. I always kept mine well stocked with my favorite snacks, a Brita filter, and milk for early morning mochas.” —hannahf45a7f701a
13. Mugs to help you maximize your caffeine intake (or for snacking from when you can’t drink any more coffee).
“A travel mug for when you don’t have time to calmly drink your coffee in the morning (which will be always).” —sarah62
“MUGS. All the mugs. They’re great for both liquid and solid snacks. #muglyfe” —marieg4aa3c978a
16. A variety of personal items and pictures to remind you of home sweet home and the people you miss.
“Something I found very helpful and comforting is that I made sure to bring a lot of photographs and other personal things to decorate my side of the dorm room. This is helpful if you are going to school far from home or you haven’t been away from home for long before. I had my side of the dorm decorated with pictures of my friends, favorite TV shows and actors, and other personal items that reminded me of home.” —Matty Cormier, Facebook
Get this cute kit you can use to display your photos on from ModCloth for $24.99.
17. A cooling pad for your laptop so it doesn’t overheat along with your stress levels.
“To keep things from overheating when writing that 25 page paper.” —emilykayh
Get this one from Amazon for $27.99.
21. Enough surge protectors and extension cords to power up each and every one of your gadgets.
22. Slabs of sticky putty so you don’t damage those lousy dorm room walls and end up having to pay for it.
“Sticky putty for posters and the like. Everybody says to use command strips, but my freshman dorm had such cheap paint that command strips took it right off! Sticky putty saved my life.” —francescam40d6098a2
Get some from Amazon for $4.75+, depending on the quantity you want.
23. A drying rack for those times when you actually do your own laundry (instead of bringing it home to mom and dad).
“I used it all the time!! I have lots of clothes that can’t tumble dry and it was super convenient to have one!” —hannaha470c29604
Get this one from Amazon for $21.91.
24. A portable speaker to use in your room, the shower, the quad…. anywhere you may want some tunes.
26. A reliable rain jacket and pair of rain boots so you never have to drench yourself on the way to class.
27. A pack of chewing gum for when you’re bored, stressed, or looking for ways to make new friends.
“Someone always wants gum and having a catalyst (like offering a piece of gum) can help when you’re trying to make friends.” —Andrea McCall
Get a pack of 16 (18 pieces each) for $14.59.
28. A pair of snazzy headphones that’ll follow you wherever you go (whether it’s walking on the quad, studying in the library, or working out at the gym).
“Between working off my midterm stress at the gym and eliminating distracting noises at the library, I use my headphones multiple times every day.” —malloryr49f8f2c02
If you’re more into ~aesthetics~, get this floral pair from Modcloth for $34.99 or if you want a more heavy duty, noise-canceling pair, get this black pair from Amazon for $84.99. If you’d rather use earbuds, these are a good option.
29. A light-up magnifying mirror that’ll let you get ready in the morning without pissing off your still-very-sleepy roommate.
“That way, if your roommate is sleeping when you get up in the morning, you can still see your clothes and what makeup you are putting on.” —Daydles Elizabeth, Facebook
31. A basic toolkit that’ll be a lifesaver when it comes to small mishaps (plus, you’ll feel so accomplished fixing things by yourself).
“It’s very convenient to have small screwdrivers that can be used for those pesky screws in electronic devices.” —sarahz44635558c
Get this 39-piece set from Amazon for $19.09.
32. Some stain remover to save you when your favorite shirt starts to look like a Jackson Pollock painting.
“When you inevitably stain your favorite shirt, just tossing it in the wash with a Tide Pod will NOT get the spot out.” —sydmench
33. Everything you’ve ever used from your medicine cabinet back at home.
“Pain relievers, fever reducers, antacids, cold medicine, bandages, etc. Chances are you will get sick during that first semester and you won’t feel like getting out to get what you need. Plus, stuff like medicine can be really overpriced at campus stores and nearby gas stations, so you’ll probably save some money buying it in advance.” —LizzyNeverSleeps
We don’t know ~exactly~ what medications you should stock up on (that’s up to you), but you can get this compact first aid kit at Amazon for $21.99.
35. Lamps to use when you get sick of the overhead fluorescent lighting (aka five minutes after you move into your dorm room).
37. Enough underwear and socks to last you through an apocalypse (or a deep hatred/laziness for doing laundry).
“Make sure you have 30 pairs of socks and underwear to bring (multipacks are super cheap), so that you can go a whole month without doing laundry and still be smelling good! Especially if you live on campus and share laundry facilities with hundreds of others or have limited access to laundry, it’s perfect!” —terim4c80eff9b
38. Comfy accessories for your bed so you can actually enjoy the few hours you spend in it.
“The #1 thing I would say to splurge your money on is stuff for your bed. Buy a good mattress protector, an amazing memory foam topper, a mattress pad, and some nice sheets and pillows. You may not sleep much, but at least you’ll be comfy and cozy.” —funkysammie
39. And an external hard drive or USB drive for backing up all your hard work and not leaving your grades up to ~technical chance~.
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