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“The Ultimate College DORM Room Essentials Shopping List: Part 1”

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Welcome to the parent game, where we know a thing or two about college dorm room essentials. As parents, we’ve been through the wringer when it comes to furnishing and decorating our kids’ dorm rooms. So, let us impart our wisdom onto you, dear reader, with the first installment of our college dorm room essentials guide.

First up, let’s talk about bedding. Your child may think they can survive on just a thin sheet and scratchy blanket, but trust us, they’ll thank you for investing in some high-quality bedding. Opt for a comfortable mattress topper, soft sheets, and a cozy comforter to ensure they get a good night’s sleep after a long day of classes and studying.

Next on the list is storage solutions. Dorm rooms are notoriously tiny, so it’s important to make the most of the space you have. Consider investing in under-bed storage bins, over-the-door organizers, and collapsible storage cubes to keep clutter at bay and maximize every square inch of space.

No dorm room is complete without the essential tech gadgets. A reliable laptop, printer, and phone charger are must-haves for any college student. And don’t forget about noise-canceling headphones for those late-night study sessions or when your child needs a break from their noisy roommates.

Stay tuned for part two of our college dorm room essentials guide, where we’ll cover everything from desk organization to kitchen essentials. In the meantime, happy dorm room shopping!

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Bedsure Twin XL Mattress Pad - Soft Mattress Topper for College Dorm Room Essentials, Extra Long Twin Quilted Fitted Mattress Protector Cover with Deep Pocket Fits 8"-21" Mattress, White, 39x80 Inches
  • Ergonomic Design: This Bedsure twin xl mattress pad (39x80 inches) features an ergonomic three-zone design. The top and bottom zones feature a softer wavy design for improved relaxation. The honeycomb-shaped middle quilting provides evenly distributed support that disperses the body’s pressure. Designed to upgrade any stiff mattress to a restorative sleeping space, whether it's in the dorm room, guest room, kids room, or anywhere else.
  • Optimal Comfort: Featuring Bedsure's signature thoroughly tested microfiber filling blend, this Bedsure dorm bedding offers extra softness and optimal support for the ideal balance of comfort and firmness.
  • Soft to The Touch: The premium microfiber cover is finely brushed to achieve a satisfyingly soft hand-feel without crinkly noise, providing you with a deep and restful night’s sleep after you are back to school.
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Power Strip Surge Protector, 5Ft Extension Cord, 6 Outlets with 3 USB Ports(1 USB C Outlet), 3-Side Outlet Extender, Wall Mount, Compact for Travel, Home, School, College Dorm Room and Office
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Bedsure Twin XL Mattress Pad Dorm Bedding - Cotton Mattress Topper for College Dorm, Quilted Mattress Cover, Deep Pocket Fits 8"-21" Mattresses, Dorm Room Essentials, Extra Long Twin Pillow Top, White
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  • Closet Organizers and Storage: If your closet is getting tight and you need a solution, this is the one. Functioning as a closet organizer can save up to 80% of your closet space. Besides, classified space saving hangers and neat clothes will transform your crowded closet, will not squish together it used to be. Colorful wardrobe closet hangers are easy to use, functional, reach to remake the organization of a whole home’s closets easily and keep clothes wrinkle-free and your closet organized
  • Durable Closet Organizer: Closet storage hangers maximize closet space, there are 5 slots to hold 10 clothes horizontally or 5 clothes vertically, and each wardrobe closet hangers support up to 30 lbs, simple and easy to use, no assembly required. There are no burrs or sharp edges, so don't worry about damaging, or creasing your clothes. Fits most clothes hangers: wire, plastic, or wooden hangers, is an excellent home organization tool that will help maximize the space of your closets
  • Flexible Closet Storage: Hanging closet organizer hangers are made of high-quality ABS plastic material. Apartment essentials hangers are built to last, resistant to cracking. Dorm room essentials allow 360 degrees rotation for both horizontal and vertical positions for optimal space efficiency to find you want clothes! Organization hangers hook mouth diameter up to 1.4 inches, which can be applied to a wider range of closet wardrobe rods, great helper for bedroom organization and storage
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Power Strip with LED Desk Lamp, 3 Outlets 4 USB Ports(2 USBC) 4 Modes 5 Level Touch Lamp Small Desk Lamp for Home Office Bedroom Bedside, Study Reading Light, 5ft Extension Cord, Dorm Room Essentials
  • 【 USB-C & USB Ports & AC Outlet Deskop Power Strip 】- The small desk lamp for bedroom is equipped with 2 USB-C port, 2 USB-A ports and 3 3-prong AC outlets, which can stably maintain 5V 2.1A output, make your phone, tablet, kindle, watch, humidifier and other electronic devices are charged whether the night stand light lamp is on or off, building your own working station. Fully save your time and space.
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Gaiatop USB Desk Fan, 3 Speeds Portable Small Fan with Strong Airflow, 5.5 Inch Quiet Table Fan, 90° Rotate Personal Cooling Fan For Bedroom Home Office Desktop Travel (Pink)
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39-Piece All Purpose Household Pink Tool Kit for Girls, Ladies and Women - Includes All Essential Tools for Home, Garage, Office and College Dormitory Use
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Command Variety Pack, Picture Hanging Strips, Wire Hooks and Utility Hooks, Damage Free Hanging Variety Pack for Up to 19 Items, 1 Kit
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  • 👙Smart Closet Organizers and Storage - Storage & protect your bras, tank tops, sports bras, T-shirts, camisoles, sun dresses, swimsuits, lingerie, blouses & any other delicate clothing apparel with straps, closet organizer hanger is the perfect answer to all your needs and created specifically to preserve their shape, protect delicate lace and guard against snags. You can flawlessly organize your closet space with this unique closet organizer & look like a professional while doing it!
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Smart Design Mini Fridge Organizer with 12 Pockets - Durable Polyester Material - Stores Pantry Items, Cutlery, Utensils, Bottles, Plates, & More - Home and Dorm Organization - 53.5 x 12 Inch - Black
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  • SMART DESIGN QUALITY - All Smart Design products undergo stringent quality assurance and control
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Bedsure Twin XL Comforter Set for Girls - Extra Long 5 Pieces Dorm Bedding Sets, Pinch Pleat Pink Bed in a Bag with Comforter, Sheets, Pillowcase & Sham
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  • Extra Soft: The fine brushed microfiber cover offers exceptional softness. The smooth and breathable fabric provides maximum comfort without any rustling noise, ensuring a restful night's sleep.
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Loghot Bedside Caddy/Bedside Storage Bag Hanging Organizer for Bunk and Hospital Beds,Dorm Rooms Bed Rails,Can be Placed Glasses,Books,Mobile Phones,Keys (Light Pink)
  • Quality Material: The dorm room essentials bed caddy is made of canvas and iron, make it strong and sturdy. The bedside storage caddy has 1 large pocket, 2 small pockets, 2 small mesh pockets and 2 hooks. You can storage your everything you want on bed and easy for you use.
  • All-round Encirclement: Unlike other similar bedside storage bag where only part of the iron frame is covered, the metal frame on the top and inside of our bedside pocket caddy is completely covered. The whole bag is fixed to prevent tilting and is more stable and enduring.
  • Wide Usages & Space Saving: The bedside caddy organizer can store all of your belongings like books, remotes, magazines, laptops, notebooks, pens, cellphones, water bottles, and some snacks and drinks, no more clutter from your bed. Will make you feel good and everything you need is always at hand.
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Xomiboe Shower Shoes Women Non Slip Bathroom Slippers College Dorm Room Essentials for Girls Kids Stuff Men Shower Sandals Slides Gym Spa Flip Flops(Light Blue,EU40-41)
  • ✔️ This is a very comfortable shower shoes. When you used in the shower, there are many drainage holes in the sole for quick drainage, which makes your feet dry and comfortable.
  • ✔️ Super Soft & Lightweight: Made of high-elastic EVA, only about 0.23kg/pairs. when you wear them, they will make your feet feel comfortable and reduce fatigue.
  • ✔️ Non-slip: The sole has many non-slip bumps, that are good for to prevent slipping, including in wet shower rooms.
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Floating Shelves for Bedside Shelf Accessories Organizer, Wall Mount Self Stick On, Cute Room Decor Aesthetic, Girls Room Decor, Cool Stuff for Bedroom Storage and Organization (4 Hooks)
  • BEDSIDE SHELF ORGANIZER: This space saving shelf organizer is suitable for holding mobile phones,remotes,glasses,books,clip lights,tissues,scissors,lipstick,hair accessories,data cables,headphones,mail envelopes, keys, tools,jewelry,other little things. Keeps it neater than tossing them on a tabletop. If you have a loft bed or have an RV, this shelf must be a lifesaver. Choose it !
  • DURABLE & SIMPLE DESIGN: This shelf organizer is made of high quality plastic, makes it very sturdy and stable. It can be used as a shelf for ,bedroom,bathroom cabinet ,student dorm,apartment,RV,office etc. We use hollow design at the bottom of 2 slots to ensure no dust buildup. The 4 hooks at the bottom is convenient to hang some small items like hair ties.
  • SIZE: Square shape in 8.6 inch*8.6 inch size. We compare the A5 paper with our shelf, you can clearly understand the size. The depth of the 2 storage space is 1 inch and 1.7inch.
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Bedsure Satin Pillowcase for Hair and Skin Queen - Rose Cloud Silky Pillowcase 20x30 Inches - Satin Pillow Cases Set of 2 with Envelope Closure, Similar to Silk Pillow Cases, Gifts for Women Men
  • Silky Soft: Made of premium fabric, these silk-like satin pillowcases offer you an extreme smoothness and softness. These pillowcases are also gentle on sensitive skin, offering you restful sleep every night.
  • Elevate Your Beauty Sleep: The smooth surface of these 100% polyester satin pillowcases protect delicate facial hair from scratches, creases, and tugs, and help to reduce split ends. Satin is great for your hair and skin, ensuring a night of restorative and beautiful sleep.
  • Multiple Colors: Bedsure satin pillowcase set brings an effortlessly chic style to any bedding ensemble. An array of on-trend solid colors make them the perfect match for your room. The unique dyeing technique brings out the colors and prevents them from fading.
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SUNLONG Dorm Room Essential Clip on Light Wall-Mounted, 3 Color Portable Desk Light Mini Clip Lamp, Battery Operation Small Desk Lamp with Clamp, Reading Lights for Books Bunk Bed Headboard Makeup
  • 3 colors and 3 brightnesses bed reading lights for books in bed headboard to meet the needs of different scenes, headboard lamps for bed controlled by touch, the round light head produces uniform light and provides soft illumination ideal as kids reading light for bed,study lamp
  • Multi-position light clips and flexible gooseneck lamp, the strong clip of desk clamp lamp comes with a non-slip pad that clips on the edge of furniture without scratching it. The wide, stable base can be placed flat on a table as a desk lamp, and the portable hook on the back allows us to hang it on a wall or inside a camping tent. portable lamp flexible neck that can be bent and twisted to the position you want, giving you plenty of light.
  • led clip light for reading design to protect your eyes and health, bedside reading lamps for bedside table ​simulate the diffuse reflection of natural light, open and clear view, desk light no multiple shadows, no flicker, no dazzling beam, no blue-light, protect your eyes from harm, soft light is ideal small desk lamp, led clip on light for bed,mini lamp
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3 Pack Pants Hangers Skirt Hangers with Clips Space Saving, 6-Tier Closet Organizers and Storage, Dorm Room Essentials for College Students Girls
  • 6 Layers Clip Hangers for Skirts: Each pant hanger has 6 layers and each layer includes 2 adjustable clips to fit different sizes of clothes, fit for both adults and kids, college dorm essentials for girls boys.
  • Skirt Pant Hangers Space Saving: You can easily hang 18pcs of clothes with the 3 pack clothes hangers with clips while keep them wrinkle-free, giving your closet a clean and neat look while saving pace for more clothes.
  • Sturdy metal pant hangers for wardrobe organization and storage: The clothes hangers are made of high quality stainless steel, quite strong, durable and rust resistant,won’t get deformed like plastic pants hangers.
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AnnTane Power Strip Tower with Night Light, PD 20W Surge Protector Power Strip with USB Ports, 10 FT Extension Cord with Multiple Outlets (12AC+3A+2C) for Home Office Desk DormRoom (White)
  • 10FT Extension Cord with Multiple Outlets: Our surge protector power strip tower has 12 AC outlets (1.5"pitch ) and 5 USB ports which include 3 USB-A and 2 USB-C (1PD 20w port). This charging tower can power up to 17 electronic devices simultaneously. The multi-outlet plug tower supports a wide voltage of 110V-250V, with a extension cord 10FT rated 1625W/13A.
  • Smart Power Tower with Night Light: The power strip tower night light function can be controlled by touch. Three light modes for you to choose, long press for three seconds to adjust the light brightness (20%-50%-100%). The power tower structure is small and sturdy(5.7 * 3.5 * 3.5 in), taking up less space, great as desk accessories, office supplies, dorm room essentials.
  • Fast USB-C Charging: The surge protector tower charge your phone at high speed via the PD 20W USB-C port (1*USB C). Charge iPhone 14 to 70% power, only takes 40 minutes, 3 times faster than the normal charging port which will save you more time. 5 USB Ports total is 5V/3.4A (5V/3.0A Max Per USB A Port and a 20W Max USB C Port).

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