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Dorm Essentials for Every Guy

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As a guy, you may have already packed the bare minimum for your new dorm room. However, you might want to take a look at this list and use it as a checklist to get yourself prepared to pack up these essential items that you definitely will need for your dorm room.

From mattress toppers to gaming chairs to some fun pics of you and the fam—you are going to want to check this out to ensure you are prepared for life in a dorm room. College can be hard, but we’re here to help you make your dorm life easier! This is our top dorm room essentials for every guy going to college.

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Ivation 101 Can Beverage Refrigerator | Freestanding Ultra Cool Mini Drink Fridge | Beer, Cocktails, Soda, Juice Cooler for Home & Office | Reversible Glass Door & Adjustable Shelving, Stainless Steel
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The Best Dorm Room Ideas Any Guy Will Love

Towel Set

Because we need comfy towels that remind us of home. Hey, even guys get homesick, so pick out a couple of towels that feel like the ones you love from home.

Shower Slides

If you are sharing a shower space with others, you may want to opt for some shower slides. They not only protect your feet from possible bacteria, but they also help for you not to have to walk back to your dorm with dirty feet.

Laundry Basket

This laundry hamper does it all! Well, it doesn’t actually do your laundry, but it does help keep soaps and detergents all together with your laundry, so you don’t have to have your hands too full.

Gaming Chair

Listen, you can’t do schoolwork in the same chair that you game in—it will just throw you off! This gaming chair comes with body pillows and surround sound!

Shower Caddy

This is one of the single most important tools you will need if you are sharing a bathroom with someone else. It does not only help keep your stuff organized, but out of the way of others.

Stylish Bedding

In order to really be able to decompress from a long day of classes, you’ll need comfy yet stylish bedding to get you excited about going to bed. Well, it probably won’t take much to get you happy at the thought of a nap.

Wall Clock

Now you will never have an excuse for being late to class! Actually, maybe you still will.

Desk Organizer

Your desk is going to be your BFF for the next 4 years, so might as well keep it organized! You can even get an organizer with a phone charger, too!

Throw Pillows

Because throw pillows aren’t just because your mom likes to spend money—they make the space feel cozy! And of course, you can choose your own style that doesn’t say “Live, Laugh, Love” on them.

Floor-Length Mirrors

You can’t leave your dorm room without knowing how you look! Get a glance at yourself before you head off to classes for a full-length view.

Bath Mat

Trust us. Bath mats make a world of a difference. And one roommate has to be the responsible one, and it might as well be you!

Wall Tapestry

You need to add some kind of pizzazz to those bare, sad walls. Toss up a fun tapestry that both you and your dorm mate can bond over.

Mini Fridge

This is one way to keep people out of your stuff. Or it can make you the life of the party with a secret stash of… sodas… yeah, let’s go with sodas.

Mattress Topper

Let’s be honest—dorm beds can be hit or miss. They can be just fine or really stiff. So, let’s get you a mattress topper to ensure a little height and some extra nighttime comfort.

Surge Protector Strip

More than likely, you are going to need to have several things plugged in at once—it is what it is! Use a surge protector strip to protect your dorm from having a power surge that you get blamed for.

All-in One Tool Kit

Hesitant on bringing a whole tool kit to your dorm room? Just think, if that cutie from Stats has a problem that only some pliers might fix, maybe you can give her a hand and get some brownie points!

Removable Wall Hangers

Some dorm rooms don’t allow for nails to be hammered into the wall, so this is your best alternative. They can typically hold a good amount of weight and leave no residue when you take them off—what a win win!

Standing Fan

A lot of us can’t sleep at night without the soothing sound of our fan with cold temps in the room. You get the best of both worlds, but let’s just hope your bunkmate feels the same way!

First Aid Kit

It is always smart to be overly-prepared for any worst case scenario! In case of an emergency, at least you have this handy first aid kit. 

Shoe Rack

Since you don’t have the space to just kick your shoes off, you should consider getting a shoe rack. Both you and your dorm mate can use it to utilize more space in your dorm.

Gel Air Fresheners

The perfect substitute for canned air fresheners. Just open up a jar of these gel bead air fresheners, and your dorm room will stay smelling fresh up for weeks!

Floor Lamp

Better safe than sorry with this one. Sometimes, dorm rooms don’t actually have any overhead lights! A standing lamp will save you the trouble from stumbling around at 8 PM in the pitch black.

Charging Station

Because we are becoming a more technologically dependent society, you are going to need to keep all your things charged. Opt for a charging station that has all the outlets you need (iPad, Apple Watch, AirPods, etc.)

LED Light Strips

Adjust the vibe by just a click of a button! Who needs normal, boring lighting when you have multicolored LED light combinations right at your fingertips?

Floor Rug

You might think that floor rugs are something that moms buy. But not at all! A floor rug adds dimension to a small space and also serves as a nice buffer between you and the school’s property.

Mini Vacuum

Now it’s time to learn how to clean up after yourself! This mini stick vacuum is perfect for keeping small dorm rooms clean.

TV/Gaming System

You’re going to need a distraction every now and then. All work and no play will have you burnt out in no time! 

Corkboard for Photos

As much as you say you’re not going to miss home, you might want to reminisce on some fun old pics of you and the fam or childhood friends. And there’s always room to add new pictures to it, too!

Coffee Maker

If you don’t like coffee now, you’re going to end up loving it in college. It will seriously be the only thing you consume most days.

Bean Bag Chair

Need we say more? This all-time classic is an absolute necessity when it comes to dorm life.

Written by The Metamorphosis

The Metamorphosis is a lifestyle blog about the journey of college to adulting. Here you can find the tips for college, self-improvement, adulting, and more.

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