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Dorm life is a new way of life for new students. They leave home to embark on a new adventure, navigating roommates, rules, laundry, and other dangers of “adulthood.” With this new setting comes a need for new supplies. This is often accompanied by budgetary restrictions!
The right products at the right price can set the dorm for success. And we’ve rounded up Amazon’s top picks for the job. Some of these items are necessary – a laundry basket and a shower trolley for example. But some are creature comforts, like a dorm smart speaker or. We’ve got decorating recommendations (a washable rug! A USB lamp!) as well as smart basics, including under-bed storage and noise-canceling headphones. Take a look and score some dorm essentials for a flight on Amazon — perhaps an online shopping spree can provide a first lesson in budgeting for the college student.
This hot AirPods Pro alternative will help college students avoid daily dorm racket with active noise-canceling technology. Bonus: a pair of JBL Live Pro 2 headphones comes at an affordable price. Read CNET’s guide to the best true wireless noise-canceling headphones for 2022 for more information on our picks.
The shower caddy is a small but mighty addition to the dorm room shopping list. Students can store it with their favorite products and carry it back and forth. (OK, right to the bathroom and back.) This one has plenty of room for shampoo, lotion, and other toiletries. Bonus: color combinations include teal and orange, navy and mustard, or the more muted apricot or solid gray.
A Bluetooth-enabled rechargeable record player that’s also portable? Perfect. Victrola’s Revolution Go record player is a great choice for kids going through college. It’s compact enough for dorm life and can be set up anywhere using the detachable carry strap. No plug needed. Record collection not included.
An inconvenient fact about dorm beds: they’re usually XL in size, which means regular twin sheets won’t fit. This cotton-blend set is true to dorm sizes and, as a bonus, it comes in an on-trend cow print! Other prints including plain gray and blue butterflies are also available. The three-piece set includes a fitted sheet, flat sheet, and pillowcase.
A pair of shower sandals is a dorm life staple. This Reef pair goes above and beyond – they have traction to prevent slipping and they’re nice enough to wear outside of the bathroom! Quality construction means your Water Court sandals will last beyond dorm life. Available in black, olive, pink and white on Amazon.
Even a 2 x 3 foot rug can do wonders in a dorm room, both for decor and comfort. Ruggable’s fun rainbow prints brighten up even dull spaces. And even better, Ruggable rugs are stain and water resistant and can be washed in any laundromat. Spills? No problem. Peel off the top layer of the padding and simply throw it in the wash.
This popular desk lamp from Amazon has a modern look and a very useful design. It’s adjustable and can charge devices when outlets are scarce – perfect for a dorm room desk. Bonus: a dual USB port and an LED bulb are included. Available in black and white with a wood accent.
Prevent future roommates from tripping over your dirty socks! A laundry hamper is a must when it comes to dorm living because everyone needs to collect their laundry. This one is great because it comes with two removable bags – genius for rotating loads of laundry. The handles and the lid are also useful.
This set from Amazon Basics contains everything needed to put together a dorm bed. Duvet, sheets, shams and pillowcase, conveniently sized in Twin XL. The burgundy throw is particularly pretty, but if that’s not your style, there are 16 additional colours. Bonus: The set is Made in Green by Oeko-Tex, which means it meets environmental standards.
A very small fridge, how practical! Students will love keeping drinks, food, and skincare cool in their very own refrigerator. This one from Uber Appliance has a removable shelf and can hold up to six cans or four water bottles. It is available in red, silver or black and comes with power cords for a car or home.
This blanket has room for everyone! Big Blanket Co. makes huge blankets (100 square feet of blanket) so the whole crew can warm up for movie night or picnics in the quad. Whatever the occasion, your college newbie will be ready for friends. Bonus: Despite its size, you can still throw this blanket in a standard washing machine.
Blueair makes a dorm-sized air filter that removes 99.97% of harmful particles – a smart pandemic buy. This Blue Pure 411 covers rooms up to 190 square feet (other models also available), filtering out odors, smoke, pollen, allergens, COVID-19 and other irritants. It even has an indicator light that shows the air quality status.
Even if you have to raise your bed, maximizing dorm space with under-bed storage is a great idea. This trio of drawers makes perfect use of that empty space. Each molded plastic drawer has a lid and slides out of the metal frame for convenient access. Also available as a two-drawer set.
Pendleton towels are known for their quality – this one will outlast college years and beyond. This 100% cotton towel is generously sized at 30 x 58 inches and meets Made in Green by Oeko-Tex environmental standards. Plus, it looks cool. Don’t let your roommate steal it! Coordinating sizes are also available.
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