13 College Dorm Room Essentials

Today, we’re featuring 13 college dorm room essentials from various retailers. Give the college bound kids in your life a practical and unique gift they’ll be so thankful for when they get to campus!

I remember opening up a big box from my cousins on the night of my high school graduation party. My imagination soared at the possibilities—what could be inside?! Imagine my surprise—and I’ll admit, my disappointment—when the box contained laundry detergent, fabric softener, dryer sheets and quarters. Graduation gifts should be reserved for books and checks and Starbucks gift cards, right?


When I moved into my college dorm that first weekend on campus, I was thrilled to pull out that practical gift. I was even more thrilled during my first trip to the college laundry room when I inserted those gifted quarters into the washing machine!

The key to gift giving for the college bound in your life is this: be practical and unique. Here are some of our favorite ideas to get your college grad off to the best start.

13 Essentials for the College Bound

Bedding Set

You might be tempted by a cute duvet or quilt, but you’ll find life much easier if you buy a “bed-in-a-bag” set that comes with pillowcases, a comforter and sometimes even the sheets. This set from Walmart does include the sheets and there are over 20 colors and pattern options to choose from.

Mesh Shower Caddy

This mesh caddy allows water to drain and dry out quickly, and it can easily hang from the shower head or shower handle. It also has a large center compartment for a towel or full size shampoo and body wash.

Bath Robe

Speaking of that trip to the bathroom,  a quick dry robe is just what your college student will need to stay warm and cozy. This Pottery Barn robe can also be personalized.

Duffel Bag

College is going to be full of trips home and to your newfound friends’ homes. Make packing a breeze with a cute weekend bag!

Hanging Organizer

I made the mistake of not buying one of these in college and I’m still kicking myself. Hang it on one end of your closet and stack your t-shirts and jeans in there to save space in that tiny dresser you’re sharing with a roommate.

3-Drawer Storage

A rolling 3-drawer cart like this one is perfect for towels, underwear and extra supplies like shampoo or makeup.

Metal Photo Grid

Every new college student wants to keep their loved ones close; a photo grid is the perfect way for them to make their new space their own by displaying pictures and cards, favorite quotes and important notes.

Desk Lamp

Keep those late night study sessions well-lit with a good desk lamp. This metal desk lamp option comes in gold or white, and it’s versatile enough to match any room decor.

Keurig Single Serve Coffee Maker

Coffee is the key to college survival so why not make it simple? Stock up on K-Cups and you’ll be ready to take on that first 8am lecture!

Stay hydrated during those late night cram sessions. Your bank account will thank you for not spending all your hard-earned cash on plastic water bottles.

Stanley Tumbler

Keep your college student hydrated during those late night cram sessions. They will be grateful not spending all their hard-earned cash on plastic water bottles. They can fill up a reusable tumbler with ice cold water before heading out to class and stay hydrated all day.

Pop-Up Mesh Hamper

This hamper is small, portable and has a handy pocket to keep your detergent and dryer sheets in. Just add quarters and you’re all set for your first load of laundry.

3-Cubby Bookcase

The name of the game in college is storage. This bookcase is perfect for your textbooks. Add a few cloth bins and it’s also the perfect place to hide your favorite snacks.

Bose Bluetooth Portable Speaker

You’ll be the life of every dorm room dance party—and believe me there will be lots of them– with this gadget in tow.

Love these Items? Start Your Dorm Registry Now!

If you’re a recent high school grad, congratulations! You can make sure you get everything you need for college by starting a graduation registry. Your family and friends can find it all in one place, at RegistryFinder.com In minutes, you’ll be adding these great items to your registry!

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. The ideas are ours, but we may be compensated if you make a purchase by clicking on one of the links. Thanks for your support!

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