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20 Dorm Room Essentials for Guys

20 Dorm Room Essentials for Guys
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Heading off to college is an exciting time! However, it’s also easy to forget that you’ll need some essentials to start you off right!

We’ve put together a list of essentials that guys need for their dorms! Each of the items on the list is affordable and is a necessity. Let’s get started!

20 Dorm Room Essentials for Guys

1). Amazon Basics 5-Pieces Bed in a Bag Set


Let’s face it, you’re going to need some bedding for your dorm room bed. We found a very masculine set that has everything you need! In fact, it’s called “bed in a bag,” which means the set includes a comforter, flat and fitted sheets, a pillowcase, and a dust ruffle.

This set is 100% polyester microfiber, so the fabric is soft and comfortable. The entire set is machine washable and dryable.

In most colleges, the beds are a twin XL, so be sure to get this size for your dorm bed.

2). Beckham Hotel Collection 2 Pillows


To go along with that comfy bedding, you’ll need some pillows for sleeping! We found this set of Beckham Hotel pillows, which includes 2 pillows in the set. The pillows are dust-mite resistant and hypoallergenic, which is really great if you have allergies and asthma.

These pillows are 100% cotton and even come with a money-back guarantee if you don’t like them!

3). BedsPick Mattress Infused College Topper


Another item you may want to consider is a mattress topper. That’s because some of the mattresses in dorm rooms have been used for a while. You may find they have stains and more that make them a little bit gross. They can also be uncomfortable.

This mattress topper is the perfect solution. It will make even a lumpy mattress comfortable to sleep on with its memory foam. The 2-inch gel memory foam is infused with heat-capturing gel, which works to keep you more comfortable and cooler when sleeping. It also allows for air to flow through, so moisture’s not trapped in the mattress. You’ll have a great sleep on this mattress topper!

4). Midea 3.1 Cu Ft Compact Refrigerator


There may be times when you’re studying and need some snack or something to drink.  That’s where a compact fridge can come in handy! What if it’s midnight and nothing’s open. All you have to do is reach into the fridge for what you want and get back to studying!

This small compact fridge has a freezer section and a fridge section. That way you can keep ice cream, make ice cubes, and more. It has a stainless exterior, which is modern and easy to keep clean. What more could you want? Read the next section!

5). Amazon Basics Microwave Small 0.7 Cu Ft 700 W


A microwave can always be helpful in the dorm room; however, be sure to check with your dorm’s housing committee to make sure they allow microwaves in the room.

Having a way to cook up a quick meal or snack is great when you’re a busy student. What if you’re working long hours into the night and need a quick pick-me-up? Just reach into your freezer and pull out a frozen, microwaveable pizza, pop that in the microwave, and in just a few minutes you’ll have a hot snack to keep you going!

This microwave is small, and it works with Alexa! Just tell Alexa to heat up one cup of coffee, for instance. She’ll have it done in no time! Plus, you can tell her to cook up a baked potato and other foods!

6). Supinefox Portable Mesh Shower Caddy Tote Bag


In some dorms, it will be necessary to share a communal bathroom with others on the same floor. So, you can make it easier to carry your personal care items with a shower caddy.

This shower cady is a tote made of high-quality mesh material, which includes two sturdy handles. The caddy also features a place to store your keys securely! It’s easy to carry and can easily hold everything you need to shave and shower. Plus, the mesh is quick-dry, so you won’t have to worry about getting things wet back in the dorm room.

What’s more, the caddy is a great place to store your personal care supplies when they’re not in use!

7). Seckon Container Underbed Organizers


Dorm rooms are notorious for not having much storage space, so you may want to consider underbed storage. This set comes with two underbed organizers that are breathable and have anti-mold fabric. They’re great for storying seasonal clothing, shoes, and more.

When not in use, these bags can easily be folded up and stored under the bed!

8). Gorilla Grip Premium Laundry Basket & Clothes Bag


It’s an unpleasant fact that you’ll have to do laundry while you’re at college. Even so, you can make it much easier on yourself with this laundry basket/clothes bag! This two-in-one basket/hamper is a great way to store dirty clothes and then carry everything safely to the laundromat! You won’t have to worry about plastic bags ripping on the way, scattering your dirty laundry everywhere!

This laundry basket/hamper is made to last. It’s made from 600 D polyester fabric that’s meant to last for years. And the two aluminum handles are also sturdy and include foam padding to make it more comfortable to carry the bag. It’s lightweight, too.

9). Office Supplies Desk Organizer Caddy


Here’s a way to keep everything on your desk nice and tidy! This mesh organizer is small and compact, yet still has space to hold everything from folders and pens, to sticky notes! This is a desk organizer caddy that will hold it all and make it easy to find what you need in just a second.

10). mDesign Soft Fabric Over Closet Rod Hanging Organizer


As we mentioned earlier, space is usually at a premium in a dorm room, especially if you’re sharing the space with a roommate. Closets are usually pretty small, so you may want to consider adding a closet organizer to your dorm necessities list.

This over the rod organizer has 7 shelves, and 3 removable drawers. It’s just the right size for storing socks and underwear, t-shirts, and more. This closet organizer comes in different colors, too!

11). Amazon Basics Fade-Resistant Towel Set


You’re going to need bathroom towels! Don’t forget to include towels when you go off to college! We found this Amazons Basic towel set for a very reasonable price. You’ll get two large towels, two hand towels and 2 washcloths.

This towel set is made of 100% cotton and the fabric color won’t fade! Speaking of colors, this set comes in a wide range of colors.

12). Cowin E7 Pro Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones


Dorms can sometimes be pretty active and noisy places, where it can be difficult to focus and study. For this reason, we recommend that you invest in some good active noise-cancelling headphones.

This set of Cowin headphones is able to reduce or eliminate many background noises, so you can focus and get things done. You can choose to use the headphones wired to a device or connected via Bluetooth. The ear cushions are comfortable, so you can wear them for many hours without hurting your ears.

These headphones also have a 30-hour rechargeable battery!

13). Dirt Devil Simpli Stick Vac


You’ll want to keep your dorm room cleaned up, which includes the floor. Think about walking across crumbs and other dirt with bare feet! Not a pleasant prospect! This Dirt Devil vac is small but strong. It’s a bagless model, so when you’re done vacuuming, all you have to do is pour the dirt into the wastebasket. No worries of where to find the right bags or about having to pay for them!

This vacuum is lightweight and will pick up the dirt on the floor. What’s more, this vacuum can easily e turned into a hand vac, to reach those hard-to-get places, like under the bed! This is the perfect for vacuum for small spaces, as it doesn’t take much room to store it.

14). COZOO LED Desk Lamp


Another thing you may need is a good desk lamp. These are great for when you have to study any time yet need to direct the light where you’d like. They’re also great for studying late at night. You can have a light on that won’t disturb your roommate.

This LED lamp includes three USB charging ports, so you can keep your devices charged with ease. It also includes two outlets for other things you may want to plug in such as an alarm clock.

In addition, the LED lamp lights are adjustable. You can adjust the brightness and the color temperature. This is great to reduce eye strain, for those days when you have a headache or migraine, and more.

16). First Aid Only Kit

Having a first aid kit on hand can also be helpful. It may come in handy on one of those days when you cut yourself shaving, for instance. This kit contains 299 essential first aid supplies for treating minor injuries and pain. It has clear plastic pockets, so you can keep everything organized and see what’s in each pocket.

You’ll have first aid essentials to treat cuts, scrapes, aches, and pains. The has plenty of bandages of all sizes. It also includes burn cream and cold packs for burns. And it contains aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen.

This first aid kit is small and won’t take up much room. You’ll be prepared for those minor injuries and cuts!

17). iDesign Una Rectangular Wastebasket


Earlier we were talking about keeping your dorm room clean. Well, here’s another essential to keep your room tidy and neat! A wastebasket!

This wastebasket is rectangular and small, so it will fit in almost any small space. It might fit under your desk, or even alongside the bed. Its handles are built into the sides of the basket, making them sturdy and strong. The plastic comes in various colors and is very easy to keep clean.

18). Power Strip Surge Protector


Outlets are usually pretty difficult to share in a dorm room, especially if you and your roommate have several electronic devices each. So, you’ll probably need to get power strip surge protector.

The one we found includes three outlets and three USB charging portals. Plus, the cord’s about 5ft long, so you can easily get power where you need it most.

19). Bedside Shelf Accessories Organizer – Wall Mount Self Stick


Here’s something that will give you a little more personal storage, but not take up space in your dorm! This is a self-stick bedside shelf that sticks on the wall. This would be the perfect place to put your phone at night and use it as an alarm to get up in the morning!

The shelf can also hold other items such as glasses, remotes, and more. The shelf is easy to install in just a couple of minutes. Just pull off the backing on the double-sided tape and put the shelf where you’d like it.

20). Command Strips

Every guy has posters and other types of pictures to hang on the wall! In some dorms, it’s not allowed to make holes in the walls with nails or tacks. So, you may want to consider investing in some command strips.

This kit contains various sizes of command strips, which are wire hooks that adhere to the wall with strong adhesive backing. Just peel the paper off the backing and stick the hook right where you want it! No more holes in the walls! And you don’t need any tools to apply these!

The hooks are strong and sturdy, and the adhesive will not hold even glass and tiles. Plus, the hooks work on a variety of wall surfaces.

There you have it! These are some of the essentials guys need for their dorm rooms. We hope this list has been helpful for you! We wish you all the best as you begin one of the best times of your life!

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Tom is a gizmo-savvy guy, who has a tendency to get pulled into the nitty gritty details of technology. He attended UT Austin, where he studied Information Science. He’s married and has three kids, one dog and 2 cats. With a large family, he still finds time to share tips and tricks on phones, tablets, wearables and more. You won’t see Tom anywhere without his ANC headphones and the latest smartphone. Oh, and he happens to be an Android guy, who also has a deep appreciation for iOS.