The Darling Nomadess: 10 Most Forgotten Dorm Room Essentials

Friday, August 8, 2014

10 Most Forgotten Dorm Room Essentials

Thanks to Kleenex & Walmart for sponsoring today's discussion. All opinions are my own. 

As many of my friends are gearing up to head back to college, my recent post-grad status has forced me into a deep reflection period. I find myself longing to shop for school supplies at my local Walmart and thinking of ways to decorate my college dorm room. I remember moving into my freshman dorm room. I packed practically everything I owned to move into that 10'x10' concrete box. 

While I thought I was prepared, I found after unpacking that I wasn't prepared for the challenges brought on by college dorm rooms. It was sweltering hot that first month as my university didn't supply air conditioning to the dorms, the cafeteria food made my stomach turn and my posters wouldn't stick to the concrete walls with sticky tack! Ahh, the woes of college. I hope that you'll learn from my mistakes and not forget these 10 college essentials when packing for college this month! 



Power Strip - Dorm rooms are very limited when it comes to electrical outlets! One of these babies will be your saving grace! There's enough outlets to plug in your laptop to keep the music going, charge your phones, and plug in your curling iron and straightener when you're getting ready to go out with your girlfriends!

Command Hooks & Strips - I learned pretty quickly that tape and sticky tack just do not help when it comes to hanging posters and frames onto concrete brick walls! Command Hooks and Strips will help you keep your posters hanging all year round.

Bed Risers - Dorm rooms are basically small boxes. Create more vertical space with bed risers! With these, I was able to gain enough space to place my mini fridge under my bed.

Over-Door Mirror - Many dorms don't come with mirrors. Be prepared to bring your own unless you want to get ready with the other hundred girls on your dorm floor in the communal bathroom (ew).

Shower Caddy - Speaking of communal bathrooms, don't forget to bring a shower caddy! Place all of your hygiene products in one of these for easy transportation down the hall. Don't be that girl who carries all of her shower products in her arms down the all to the bathroom in her robe. The results of trying to pull a stunt like that can lead to major embarrassment. Not that I would have any experience with that...

Ibuprofen - Whether it's a migraine from your loud dorm mates or from lack of sleep from studying, make sure to keep some form of headache medicine around!

Quick tip: do not take Tylenol if you've had a fun night out with alcohol present. The chemicals do not mix well and could cause major damage to your liver. Don't take it when you wake up the next day either. Stick to aspirin or ibuprofen. Also, drink responsibly.

Fan - I'm not sure if your school provides air conditioning to it's dorms but I know Ashland University did not. Those dorm rooms become unbearably hot during the first month of school since it's still the summer season. Students at AU often duct taped their box fans to the windows to create air flow!

Tums - Dorm food and cafeteria food aren't always the most healthy options. Enough said.

Memory Stick - Don't be the student who can't turn in a paper because their laptop crashed. Always make sure to back up your papers and files frequently!

Kleenex Expressions Oval Facial Tissue - Whether it's a makeup spill as you're getting ready for a girls night out or a breakdown from the stress of finals week, Kleenex has your back! Their new Expressions Oval Facial Tissues come in adorable chevron prints that will kick your dorm decor up a notch!

The Kleenex Expressions Oval Facial Tissues chevron designs can be found in the back to School, Back to College or tissue aisles at your local Walmart Supercenter!

Here is my  desk from my freshman year (wow, things certainly have changed)! If only the chevron oval facial tissues existed back then! They would have looked so cute on the top shelf with my flowers, don't you think? *Goes back in time and places a box on my shelf.* Much better… :p


What are your dorm room essentials?

With Love,
Ashliegh

Linking up with Style Elixir, Melting Moments, and #CollegeBlogHop!

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27 comments:

  1. I've never been in a dorm (there aren't many in Italy), therefore the essentials you listed are something I wouldn't have thought about! Useful indeed, and suitable in different situations!
    Baci,
    Coco
    Coco et La vie en rose / Bloglovin / Facebook

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  2. I think a lot of times we can get caught up in the "dorm" things that we forget about common living things like ibuprofen and tissues! So important!! Thanks for sharing this list! It's getting me back in the mood for decorating my apartment! Also, this post would be perfect for the college blog hop going on on my blog if you would like to participate! http://www.gina-alyse.com/2014/08/destination-college-blog-hop.html

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  3. Thank you for reminding me to get a mirror! My roommate had one last year so I didn't have to worry about it, but now I need my own. I suggest an Ethernet cable unless your school has absolutely amazing WiFi (it doesn't). Don't be slowed down by a bad connection unless you have to be. And a power strip that also functions as a surge protector is a MUST. You have no idea what will happen. I say if Labor Day is relatively close to moving in, make a list of stuff you forgot but can live without until then and go home and get it during the long weekend :)

    Theatricality by Mariah

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  4. These are all so true! An extension cord/power strip is SO essential and it's no fun not having tissues when you get a cold (I did experience that last year!).

    Caroline
    www.peachykeencaroline.com

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  5. I've never even thought about not taking Tylenol. I pretty much stick to Advil as it is!

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  6. Your post makes me miss my college years. I love dorm room shopping & getting to decorate a new room each year!

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  7. oooh been so long since I been in a dorm! I had waaayyyy too many essentials to list!

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  8. Such a good post! I have a terrible memory, so I imagine I would've forgot every single one of these things if I had moved into a dorm hahaa.

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  9. Bed risers? GENIUS! I never thought of those... all that extra space under the bed, just wasted.

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  10. Don't forget a vacuum! It's a must have! Great list. (:

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  11. The fan!!! The AC is hall was always "broken"

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  12. You're adorable. Also props to you on writing an interesting sponsored post!

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  13. Fans and full length mirrors were definite necessities even back when I was in college! Great list!

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  14. It's been a WHILE for me but power cables are def a must have.

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  15. Great list but I couldn't get the tissue links to work. It just opened to a walmart search for store window. I want some for around our house.
    Goofball Mommy
    www.goofballmommy.com

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    1. Hi Lisa! You can find these at your local Walmart Supercenter! The reason the links to go the Walmart search for store page is so that you can locate your nearest Supercenter since they are not offering these adorable Kleenex boxes online! Hope this helps! Thanks for dropping by! xoxo

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  16. Man I definitely derped out during freshman move in, I forgot like half of what you posted in this list...the worst by far was forgetting command hooks though! I had nowhere to hang my soaked towel for the longest time.

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  17. Everything on this list is an absolute yes. I use all of these things daily, if not weekly. Even in my apartment! Power strips were a must come Christmas time and we wanted all the lights plugged in.

    Michaela || The Monogrammed Midwesterner

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  18. These are definitely all things you will need in a teeny tiny little dorm room. I always over packed, but that's pretty normal for me -- which only ended up with tons of stuff packed into boxes and stored under my bed for the entire semester. Even with all this over packing I still didn't have some of the essentials, if only I could have read this post back then. ;)

    We definitely need a fan (or five) in our sticky, hot dorm room; among the other things you have listed here!

    I'm feeling a little bit of NOT-going-back-to-school-blues this year too. I just want ALL the cute school stuff, without having to do any school work. Blogging win possibly?

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  19. Hello dear! To answer your question: in Italy University students rent apartments in the town where the university is. There are no campuses! Have a lovely day!
    Baci,
    Coco
    Coco et La vie en rose / Bloglovin / Facebook

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  20. Yeah, those are some really great tips! You gotta make that space work for you, no doubt. I love Command Hooks and Kleenex :)

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  21. What a great set up. We don't have dorms here but it looks like fun!

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  22. I got those bed risers for my apartment this year and they are absolutely PERFECT to be able to store all my boxes for random stuff I have in my apartment for the year!

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