50 Things You Might Not Have Remembered for Your Dorm Room

We are going to assume you are set with things like sheets, towels, a laptop, and hangers but here are a few others you might want to consider. The caveat: most things can be delivered with free two-day shipping. 

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  1. Cheap cups, bowls, and plates for take out or snacks
  1. Snacks
  1. A college oriented planner for learning time management 
  1. An electric tea kettle, if it is allowed, think hot chocolate, soup, and tea. 
  1. Diffuser or wall flower, no one needs to smell a dorm room
  1. A stocked medicine box
  1. Britta water filter
  2. A series of legal documents you should have in place after your student turns 18 
  1. A strong fan, unless they have A/C
  1. A zip up mattress pad or protector, yep those mattresses are not nice 
  1. A long charging cord, the outlets can be anywhere 
  1. A door stop, open doors help make new friends 
  1. A lap desk if your teen likes to work sitting on their bed
  1. A big backrest pillow, see above
  1. Flip flops, showers can be even worse than the mattresses 
  1. Desk lamp, if it isn’t provided 
  1. A letter from you to leave at drop off
  1. Laundry basket or bag that travels well to the machines  
  1. Blackout curtains if your teen struggles to sleep with sunlight 
  1. External battery for phones
  1. Dorm bed shelf 
  1. Mattress topper, our teens told us this was the best thing we bought them for college after their laptop
  1. Bathmat
  1. Rug if the climate is cold
  1. Air fryer, if allowed 
  1. Over Door Organizer Hooks for hanging wet towels
  1.  IKEA bags, IKEA bags, IKEA bags
  1. Clothes steamer
  1. Command strips or hooks for hanging
  2. Water bottle
  1. Coffee maker, Keurig makes a tiny one
  1. Laundry pods
  1. Extra toiletries
  1. Backpack
  1. Microwave
  1. Headboard 
  1. Safe, if your child uses medications
  1. Extra phone charger 
  1. T-shirt quilt, lots of teens like these
  1. Posters or wall hangings
  1. Surge protector
  1. Raincoat or umbrella
  1. Lint roller 
  1. Stackable drawers to lift a refrigerator off the filthy floor and provide storage
  1. Underbed storage
  1. A wipe erase board
  1. Weighted blanket, if your teen prefers one
  1. Ottoman for storage, friends to sit on, and a step stool onto a lofted bed
  1. Small flashlight, if there is a power outage you don’t want them using their phone
  1. Ear plugs, white noise, something to make sleeping easier

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Mary Dell Harrington and Lisa (Endlich) Heffernan are the co-founders of Grown and Flown the #1 site for parents of teens, college students and young adults, reaching millions of parents every month. They are writers (Lisa is a New York Times bestselling author), moms, wives and friends. They started the Grown and Flown Parents Facebook Group and are co-authors of Grown and Flown: How to Support Your Teen, Stay Close as a Family, and Raise Independent Adults (Flatiron Books) now in paperback.

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