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10 Dorm Items to Put on Your Checklist: Freshmen Edition

While you’re deciding on your dorm room theme, don’t forget to check off  these basic necessities

It’s finally that time of the year. Your last summer as a high school student is coming to an end and the shelves at Target are stocked with ‘Back to College’ gear. Your mom is slightly panicking at the idea of you leaving home for the first time (at least mine is), and you’re left with a million and one ideas of how to decorate your dorm room. Should it be coral and teal, pink and white, or purple and blue? But before you pile on every product available in your cart, here are ten items to consider putting on your checklist:

Brita Water Pitcher: This will definitely come in handy if you’re trying to save money. Instead of stocking your mini fridge with a bundle of water bottles, save extra cash with a Brita Water Pitcher! If you’re a germaphobe like me, the idea of drinking college faucet water might make you cringe. On top of that, the empty water bottles will quickly fill up your trash bin and leave you frequently walking to and from the recycling bins and dumpsters. With a Brita Water Pitcher, you can fill up at the water fountain and easily store it in your fridge. There are also Brita Water Bottles available in Walmart and Target for a student on-the-go! Most importantly, you can save a few dollars and help the environment at the same time!

Power Strips and Surge Protectors: Between a laptop, a cellphone, a lamp, an alarm clock, and maybe even a printer, outlets are very limited. Not to mention, you’re sharing them with your roommate. A surge protector can definitely fix that problem!

Safe: Protecting your personal information is always important! You can keep your birth certificate, social security card, emergency numbers, and other information in a small safe tucked underneath your bed. If you want to be super-duper careful with your personal information and paperwork, fireproof and waterproof safes are available for purchase online. This can get a bit pricey, but it’s worth the splurge.

I.D. Card Holder: Getting your official university I.D. card is one of the best feelings in the world, but you don’t want to end up losing it and having to pay a replacement fee. Even worse, is that some students must use their cards to pay for their meals. Avoid misplacing your identification by purchasing a card holder with a clasp at the end to make sure nothing falls out while you’re walking all around campus.

Accordion File: Many incoming students already have their shopping carts stocked with binders, folders, and tabs, ready to organize their class assignments and materials; however, students often forget important paperwork to file away, such as bills, insurance paperwork, scholarship information, receipts, etc. An accordion file will keep you organized and ready to go!

Command Adhesive Hooks and Painter Tape: Many universities have different regulations when it comes to wall decor. If you’re on the same boat as I am and have cell walls (or as I like to call them: prison blocks), command adhesive hooks and painter tape are the way to go. It’s also a good idea to know your House’s policy on wall decor.

Desk Chair Cushion: A chair cushion may be the last item on your list, but it can still save you from uncomfortable nights at your desk. Why not make your studying area as comfy as possible? Sit back, relax, and nail that Biology test!

First Aid Kit and Medicine: You never know if your lab partner might give you a cold or you fall and scrape your knee. A first aid kit is good to keep for the clumsy accidents you may run into. You can find pre-made kits at Walmart, but if you want to create and personalize your own, there’s several medicine products sold at Dollar Tree, Rite Aid, and Walgreens, as well. Don’t forget to pack Advil, too!

Rain Boots and Umbrella: Rain boots and an umbrella could be two of the most crucial items to have. I didn’t find out until last minute that the area surrounding the House I live in floods…and I mean FLOODS. You don’t want to have to walk through puddles and soak your jeans just to get to class. Make sure you add these two items to your list to keep your journey a little more dry.

Decor Rug: Although a rug is not a necessity, it can make your dorm room really feel like home. Plus, it’s nice to wake up, hop out of bed, and land on a soft rug, rather than a cold floor. It’s important to be comfortable, especially since this is your first time away from home. If you have extra money to spend, add a rug to your cart!

Sabrina Hall

Old Dominon University | 2 stories

Sabrina is an Information Systems and Technology major at Old Dominion University. She enjoys volunteering in her community and promoting ethical living. When she's not scrolling through vegetarian recipes on Pinterest or studying for her classes, you can bet she's either watching George Lopez reruns, making green smoothies, or out salsa dancing with the girls.

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