15 College Dorm Room Essentials to Buy for This Fall

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Move-In Day will be here before you know it. Here’s a short list of the must have items for every college student moving into a new dorm room this fall.

First of all, a common question before we get started: “What comes in a dorm room?”  That tends to vary from college to college, but traditionally the dorm will be outfitted with a bed frame, mattress (usually Twin XL), desk, and a closet of some sort. And as far as sizing goes…the square footage of a normal American dorm room varies, but usually falls somewhere between 100-250 square feet. Mine? 120 square feet.

Alright, now let’s get down to business. Here are the 2021 dorm room essentials for college students this fall.

Sleep is of the essence to any college student — and Danjor Linens are a must-have for any college student looking for super soft & breathable sheets.

Not only do these bed sheets come in a variety of colors & sizes — they are machine washable and fade resistant, so no worries at all when heading down to the dorm laundry room.

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While we’re talking about sleep…the Zen Bamboo Pillow is the difference between waking up to a roommate’s 7 AM alarm — and snoozing until noon.

Designed with no-shift construction, the Zen Bamboo Pillow is a plush & breathable cooling pillow that will ensure a full night’s sleep for any college student.

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What should every dorm have in 2021? The VEVA Air Purifier should absolutely be at the top of your list this Fall.

Dorms are a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. So naturally, one of the most important dorm room items for any college student should be the VEVA Air Purifier. It’s ideal for anyone who suffers from allergies, asthma, or is looking to create a cleaner healthier living environment.

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Shoe racks are nice, but when you’re in a small place like a dorm room — there’s no better solution than the Woffit Under The Bed Organizer.

Storage is vital in small dorm rooms, so under-the-bed organizers are perfect for dorm beds. Easily store 16 pairs of shoes — or honestly, whatever you need. Just slide it under the bed and get it out of sight until you need it.

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Let’s be honest…sometimes after a long day, all you wanna do is snuggle up in bed and relax. The Ener Plex Body Pillow is the perfect companion.


Not only is this body pillow great for napping — it’s the preferred pillow for side sleepers looking for something to cuddle. And don’t worry, it’s machine washable and easily regains its shape after fluffing it up a bit.

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And while we’re on the subject of cozy AF naps. Let’s talk about the Quilty Weighted Blanket.

If I could go back in time and put something on my “essential dorm room items” list. A weighted blanket would be #1. After a stressful day of classes, homework, and everything else in between — the feeling of a weighted blanket is unmatched.

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At the top of the leaderboard for the most underrated things to buy for a dorm room: The EEZ-Y Umbrella.

Nothing ruins an afternoon like being caught in the morning rain. Don’t let it happen to you! An umbrella is so easy to stash away in a backpack, closet, desk drawer. And it’s one of those dorm supplies that you don’t think of…until it’s too late.

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Make those super uncomfortable dorm room beds a little more tolerable by pairing together the Mandarin Mattress Topper and Beckham Hotel Collection Comforter.

Both items will transform a basic dorm room bed into a hotel-quality sleeping arrangement. Super soft and super plush…now that’s my kind of bed.

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Two dorm room items that might be so obvious they usually get overlooked: The ole classic Daily Planner & Pens.

The Papercode Daily Planner is the #1 Best Seller on Amazon for good reason. It’s durable, stylish, and straight to the point with everything you need to stay organized. And don’t forget to add the classic Sharpie pens to the cart!

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Dorm room beds have been slept on by countless students before you or your college student. Sleep a little more sound with the SafeRest Mattress Protector.

Protect you and your mattress from fluids, night sweats, and allergens without changing the feel of the mattress underneath. The fitted sheet style design comes in a variety of sizes sure to fit whatever dorm room bed you need.

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When it comes to the question: “What every freshman needs for college?” The answer is unequivocally the Snuggle-Pedic Cooling Sleep Mask.

You have to sleep when you can get it freshman year. Early classes and late nights don’t mix, so when you want to lay down in the dorm room for a mid-day snooze — a sleep mask is going to be your best friend.

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If you’re looking to meet new friends, keep your door open with the Wundermax Door Stopper.

These door stoppers have a powerful grip and will keep any heavy door open. The grip will work on any dorm room floor surface.

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And finally…from personal experience, if you want to make friends quickly — be the dorm room with the Café Casa Milk Frother for all your soon-to-be caffeinated best friends.

Even if you don’t drink coffee, the milk frother is perfect for mixing protein shakes, smoothies, and late-night drinks. It’s super easy to clean and battery operated, so no messing around with cords.

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When it comes to outfitting college dorms — don’t overthink it. Bring what you think is necessary and if you don’t end up using something — I’m sure you can make a quick friend down the hall that would love your leftover dorm supplies.

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