Adjusting to life in a dorm can be tricky at first. You’re dealing with limited storage, lofted beds, and a possible lack of bathroom privacy. In times like these, it pays to be prepared. Here are some of Amazon’s best dorm essentials.
1. Bedside Caddy
If you’re living in a dorm, then chances are you’re sleeping in a lofted bed. The problem with this design is that your bedside table is unusually far from your bed. On more than one occasion I fell face first into my desk as I was reaching for a water bottle. This bedside caddy is the perfect way to store and organize your belongings in your dorm. It provides enough room for your laptop, water bottle, textbooks and more. Plus, it has it’s own cable ports. The installation is super easy, but it’s strong so you never have to worry about it falling.
2. Mini Iron
An iron is the one thing everyone seems to forget their freshman year and suddenly all your clothes are wrinkled. This steam iron is effective but also very compact – which is great because you’re working with limited space. It comes in a small travel bag, with its own mini measuring cup for water. You can only run your straightening iron over your outfit so many times.
3. Electric Kettle
This mini electric kettle is perfect for the small amount of cooking you’ll do in your dorm. You can use it for tea, ramen, or maybe instant mashed potatoes. (raise your hand if you’re having freshman year flashbacks) Not to mention, using the kettle for a pour-over coffee is going to be a lot cheaper than constantly buying K-cups. It’s cordless, BPA free, quick boiling, and comes in five different colors. It’s also super cheap at only $13.96.
An essential oil diffuser is a great way to reduce stress, making it essential for your busy semester. Since most buildings don’t allow the use of candles, a diffuser is the best way to freshen up your dorm. This aromatherapy diffuser doubles as a cool mist humidifier, which can help with the dry air inside the dorms. You can watch the LED lights slowly change color as you drift off into your procrastination nap. It’ll leave your dorm smelling great, without being too overpowering.
5. Vanity Organizer
If you’re living in a dorm with a hall bathroom, then you’re probably searching for a place to keep your beauty products. This vanity organizer is perfect for skincare addicts and makeup junkies alike. It may be small, but it can hold up to 20 products and 30 makeup brushes. Plus, it rotates so you can feel like you’re shopping in your own personal store. This will keep the majority of your desk space free for actual work.
6. Rolling Hamper
Is your idea of fun lugging a 30-pound bag of dirty clothes to the laundry room each week? Mine isn’t either, but that’s exactly what I did every Sunday my freshman year. If I could go back in time I would absolutely buy a hamper with wheels. Your building probably has a communal laundry space on the first floor, if you live on the 5th floor then that’s a long journey. This hamper stands upright and rolls easily so you won’t have to break your back. The slim design can easily fit in the corner of your wardrobe.
7. Standing Shelves
Unless you’re an extreme minimalist, then you’re going to need extra storage within your dorm. This three-tiered organizer is a great way to store food, beauty products, books and more. The cart has wheels so it’s easily maneuvered. The deep shelves will provide you with a ton of extra storage, without taking up too much room. It’ something you’ll want to keep even after you’ve moved out of your dorm.