Top College Dorm Essentials

Stephanie R Sandoval, Staff Reporter

Senior year is coming to an end which means students are starting to choose their future college. That means it’s time to start shopping for all the college dorm essentials.

For the students who choose to attend college after high school, there are so many things to sort out when it comes to the do’s and dont’s for college dorms. One of the biggest essentials for a college dorm is a shower caddy. A shower caddy is a must have because of the organization it provides and the ease of carrying everything needed at one time. Also, it helps keep all your toiletries organized and separated from your roommates and fellow neighbors.

Another huge dorm essential would be shower flip-flops. These are always recommended by college students because most dorms have communal bathrooms and it is not sanitary nor is it safe to use one of the showers without shoes because of all the bacteria on the floor. They help ensure the health of the students and they are convenient because you can carry them in your shower caddy.

One thing that every college student has to get is a mattress topper. A mattress topper is usually a thin mattress layer that goes on top of the mattress that the school provides in order to make the bed more comfy. You have the support and thickness from the school’s mattress on the bottom, and the comfort of the mattress topper on the top. The mattresses are not too expensive depending on the desired thickness and are worth every penny.

One last really important essential for all dorms is a door security bar. This is a door stopper and lock all in one. It is made of steel and extends from 27 inches to 42 inches. It might seem a little excessive to get such a large lock for one dorm room, but it is a dependable way to ensure everyone’s safety in the room. It is a reliable lock that anyone can buy for only $20 on Amazon.

Where can you shop for items?  Many students will use Amazon for purchases.  Bed Bath and Beyond offers students a recommended college essential list through the store.  Items purchased in your local area can be shipped to stores near your future college when you arrive.  There are many stores where this option is available, such as Target and Walmart.

These are only a few of the many things all college students should keep in mind when shopping for dorm supplies. Moving into your first college dorm is an exciting experience and should be remembered as a fun memory. One way to make it less stressful is to make a list of everything you need to buy before heading out to the stores.