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20+ Dorm Room Essentials For Your First (or Fifth) Year on Campus

Turn your dorm house into a dorm home.

dorm room with brick fireplace and wood floor
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The end of summer marks an important milestone for hundreds of thousands of recent high school grads across the country: It's the first semester of college. While the pandemic left many students back home with their parents for the past two years, moving onto campus is back in full swing this August. That means 2022's high school grads (and, likely, many grads from the previous two years) will step onto campus for the first time and experience all that dorm life has to offer: springy twin beds, square-tiled communal bathrooms and late-night shenanigans, just to name a few.

This checklist could probably go on forever about what to pack into the '07 Camry you're taking with you to school and what to leave in your childhood bedroom, but we think there are some dorm room essentials that every student has to have in order to make their itty-bitty living space feel less like a supervision-free, Red Bull-littered bat cave and more like home. From shower shoes and a bathroom caddy to noise-canceling headphones for endless Zoom seminars and studying, you will be glad you brought these things along.

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Personal Air Conditioner
Evapolar evaCHILL
Evapolar
Tessan Power Strip with USB
Amazon
Reading Chair
Lexicon Elle Accent Chair
Amazon
Lounge Shorts
Nice Laundry Pocket Lounge Short
Nice Laundry
Desk Lamp
Fully Beam LED Desk Lamp
Fully
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Bedside Storage
Aiduy Hanging Bedside Caddy
Amazon
Alarm Clock
Loftie Alarm Clock
Amazon
Desk Mat
Grovemade Desk Mat & Protector
Grovemade
Backpack
Bellroy Classic Backpack
Bellroy
Wireless Charging Hub
Nomad Base Station
Nomad
Noise-Canceling Headphones
Sony WH-1000XM5 Noise Canceling Headphones
Amazon
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Wall Art
Palm at the Saguaro Art Print
Society6
Travel Mug
Yeti 20oz Rambler
Yeti
Sheets
Riley Percale Sheet Set
Riley Home
Plant Life
Bloomscape Philodendron Heartleaf
Bloomscape
Air Purifier
Blueair Blue Pure 411 Air Purifier
Amazon
Mattress Protector
Buffy Plushy Mattress Protector Twin XL
Buffy
Gooseneck Kettle
Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Kettle
Fellow
House Shoes
Birkenstock Arizona Essentials EVA
Birkenstock
Bluetooth Speaker
Sonos Roam
Walmart
Portable Coffee Maker
Aeropress Coffee and Espresso Maker
Amazon
Towels
Crate & Barrel Organic Cotton Waffle Slate Bath Towel
Crate & Barrel
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