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July 7, 2019

College Dorm Essentials Back-to-School Checklist

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If you have a child soon off to college that will be living on campus, you for sure will be shopping for college dorm essentials. Here is an adapted checklist from with some of the most basic needs:

1. Bedding - of course this tops my list as it is most certainly needed for any college student staying on campus or in an apartment.  From sheets, comforters, mattress pads, and pillows, this is where you most likely want to start as it can take a major portion from your budget.

Twin XL sheets starting at $8.50
Twin XL comforters starting at $15
Throws & blankets starting at $9.99
Bedrests starting at $18
Mattress pads starting at $15
Pillows starting at $4

2. Storage - Dorm rooms are on the small side, so having storage items to keep your child organized is key to helping them succeed being on their own. Of course it is also key for them to do their own laundry too. 😉

Laundry starting at $3
Cubbies & storage cubes starting at $4
Storage drawers starting at $11.99
Utility carts starting at $10
Desk organization starting at $2
Closet organization starting at $2

3. Appliances - While the purchase of these can add up, they will save money over time if your child can cook easy-to-make meals and snacks vs. purchasing food out all the time. The most important appliances I would recommend are a mini fridge, microwave oven, and toaster oven.  Coffee maker might be a nice bonus if your child likes coffee or tea.

Appliances including mini fridge, microwave oven, toaster oven, coffee maker and more

4. Other Must-Haves - Think essentials like a can opener, silverware, plates, cups.  A smaller desktop light would be great for late nights studying.  Bath towels, washcloths, and a hair dryer may be on your list if you don't already have extras to spare. A water bottle is nice to carry along campus while going to class or heading for the library to study.

Kitchen starting at $0.79
Lighting starting at $5.99
Bath starting at $3
Water bottles starting at $8.99

5. Furniture & Decor - Target lists these separately but I'm including them together and last on my list as this is the area where I would personally shop last.  Many of the items you will find here are more a nice-to-have sort of thing and not an absolute essential.  So if you are working on a tight budget, this is the area to spend the least.

Lounge seating starting at $25
Area rugs starting at $10
Mirrors starting at $5

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