Whether you’re a seasoned upperclassman or just a freshman starting out, figuring out how to make the most of your dorm room living can be a challenge. Finding all the best products for personal care, laundry, and basic living in a limited space can require some heavy digging. Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of 8 basic back-to-school dorm room essentials so you don’t miss anything on this year’s checklist!
01- Collapsible Drying Rack
Having a collapsible drying rack can come in handy in dorm rooms with limited space, and is a must when it comes to protecting those delicate clothing items. Shared dryers often mean standard settings making it hard to adjust temperatures and tumble speeds according to care tags. A collapsible drying rack such as a Compact Accordion Dryer or Standing Accordion Dryer can be the perfect solution providing ample space for all your laundry needs. Use it to dry wet towels between use, hang jackets and bags that have been soaked in the rain, or even just to lay out your outfit for the next day! Whatever you choose, our racks are there to help. When done, simply fold neatly closed to minimal thickness for safe and discrete storage.
02- Ironing Blanket
Living away from home doesn’t mean you’ve escaped those pesky wrinkles. Whether it’s a class presentation, interview, dance, or job-fair, it's likely that you’ll be in need of an iron at one point or another. Fortunately, there are plenty of space-friendly alternatives to bulky ironing boards to help keep your garments looking fresh and wrinkle-free. An Ironing Blanket is a great lightweight and portable option for use in a dorm room. Easily convert any bed, tabletop, or desk into an ironing surface and then roll back up when done!
03- Bath Tote
Transporting all those care products to and from the bathroom can be a hassle. You’ll want to make sure to pick out a good Bath Tote to limit your juggling act and cut down on extra trips to and from the shower. We recommend a sturdy construction with a balanced handle and perforated base which allows for water drainage to help with odor control. Having split compartments is also ideal for separating bath supplies according to preference and to limit any sliding during transport.
04- Storage Pods
With a bath tote to carry all your shower essentials, you’ll also want to consider something smaller and more compact to house your other personal care items. P.O.P Storage offers personalized solutions with three different sized pods to accommodate anything from toothpaste to medicine bottles. These lightweight, flexible containers will allow you to easily carry products to and from the bathroom while keeping your stuff neatly stored on your desk or in a drawer.
05- Trash Can
Let’s face it, dorm rooms get messy. Whether it’s late-night snacking, hanging out with friends, or frantically searching for notes for your next class, there are bound to be times when you’re in need of a clean-up. Keeping a small 5-Liter Step Can under your desk can be a great option and is often preferred to going all the way down the hall to the trash room for those small scraps that accumulate. Unless you’re tossing perishable foods, a small garbage can help save trips and allows you to clean-up on your own time.
06- Coffee Maker
Unfortunately, late night study sessions and all-nighter projects aren’t limited to stereotypical college movies on your TV screen. It’s likely that you’ll be needing some sort of caffeine boost to help you power through an assignment or to keep you awake during your early morning classes. Having a coffee maker can be a great option and can help make your room a popular hangout spot. With restrictions on electric coffee makers in dorms, a French Press Coffee Maker can be a great compact alternative especially when you’re looking for coffee to actually taste like coffee.
07- Beauty Tool Storage
From elementary school to college, getting ready in the morning has always been a dreaded experience which is why any product to help make the process a little less stressful is a must. In a dorm setting, poor lighting and sleeping roommates can make it hard to find what you’re looking for. Investing in innovative storage options for all your beauty and hair tools can make that process a lot smoother. For hair dryers, straighteners, and curling irons, a Style Station or Style and Store can help to keep all styling tools neat, safe, and clutter-free so you always know right where they are (even in the dark).
08- Heat-Resistant Mats & Sleeves
With busy schedules and filled social calendars, college students are always on-the-go. Waiting for hot irons and other beauty tools to cool down can be a pain, and safety is often overlooked for convenience. Making sure you have a heat-resistant Hot Mat and portable 2-in-1 Hot Sleeve can help to eliminate safety concerns, giving you a proper place to let your tools cool. Unfortunately, this means one less excuse for being late to class.
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