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Dorm room extras that made life more comfortable

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  • zannahzannah 1081 replies12 threads Senior Member
    Decide on what items are an absolute must have. For me that would be headphones that reduce noise. Yes, a mountain of stuff can be bought needlessly. Dorm rooms are very similar, small and have specific needs. It seems better to stow must haves and, then after a few days, identify and purchase what is really needed. Also, review preview policies for dorm rooms to find out what is not allowed.
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  • mom2adancermom2adancer 262 replies4 threads Junior Member
    This cart at Target made for a good nightstand: https://www.target.com/p/3-shelf-utility-storage-cart-gray-room-essentials-153/-/A-53201242

    And we added this light to go with it: https://www.target.com/p/organizer-task-lamp-room-essentials-153/-/A-53331575

    So now she has cords organized, a place to stash her phone, book, lip balm, etc. and a lamp by her bed.
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  • KnowsstuffKnowsstuff 6218 replies26 threads Senior Member
    @pickledginger sorry to go off topic but I have to respond to what you said. Have your child lock up the drugs. Ritalin and Adderall etc are sold to kids to get high. It's actually speed. Very abused in college. It will wire a kid that doesn't have adhd. The adhd kid, it will calm them down so they can be more attentive and so they can concentrate. It's better if she doesn't even mention it to her roommate. If it comes up then she can explain. If she is asking for more refills then usual... Then there is a problem.
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  • titanchentitanchen 3 replies0 threads New Member
    You can buy some scented tealight and lantern for a tealight at IKEA. The total amount does not exceed $10. Make you feel cozy and warm in the cold night.
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  • madgemini4madgemini4 167 replies3 threads Junior Member
    Earlier in the thread there was mention of a gel mattress pad from Costco. I got this exact pad for my daughter, and she says her bed is the most comfortable that she's ever had.

    Her dorm room prohibits candles, but for ambiance I got her a few LED pillar candies (I have these in my home and love them). I also got her an aromatherapy diffuser (I’m a big fan of Doterra essential oils).
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  • momocarlymomocarly 969 replies12 threads Member
    My son had the lock cut off his bicycle and had it stolen last year. He didn't take back half what he took freshman year. (Smaller room now too but more sharing among friends). The matress topper was his most needed and loved item. He also has an electric grill he is allowed to use that he loves. A large fabric wall hanging makes him happier than anything other than his lights he hangs around it. He does have a small safe, his trunk/coffee table, a small bookcase, first aid kit (homemade specifically for him), took kit, flashlight, TV table. Not a lot more this year. Boys are minamalists.
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  • momtogirls2momtogirls2 948 replies7 threads Member
    One thing I ended up sending my daughter by amazon prime was a small folding step stool. Her bed is pretty high up and it makes it a bit easier to get out of bed. Her roommate tried it and also got one.
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  • BunnyBlueBunnyBlue 849 replies8 threads Member
    @artmummy Did you look at the twin xl sheets for students at JC Penney? They are very soft and don't wrinkle.
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  • amom2girlsamom2girls 486 replies8 threads Member
    my daughter's bed is lofted high enough to fit the dressers underneath. She and her roommate each (no planning) purchased a sturdy ottoman which serves as her step up to the bed, storage under the top and extra seating for guests.
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  • MariettaDadMariettaDad 99 replies2 threads Junior Member
    Per above, D2 has footlocker size diamond-plate truck tool box. Secure waterproof locking storage too big to steal. Sturdy step-up to raised bed. Used for storage/coffee table/extra seating.

    Plotted poster size campus map and adjacent area (google aerial base into powerpoint) with labeled buildings, roads, bus stops, ER, campus services, restaurants, major stores (for freshman).

    Noise cancelling headphones, bed caddy/shelf, mattress topper, multi-tool, first aid kit with OTC supplements, long cord surge protector/outlet strip/charge ports.
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  • TQfromtheUTQfromtheU 1540 replies17 threads Senior Member
    Command hooks in a variety of sizes.

    I got my son a USB hub tower and extra cords so that he could leave chargers and cords in his backpack and a set on his desk. A power pack source for the backpack is also nice.

    Noise cancelling headphones are very necessary and prevent arguments.

    We learned after the fact that DS's school washing machines don't always get hot enough to fully dissolve detergent packs. (They leave blue spots all over your clothes.) We did only liquid detergent this year.

    Breakfast or protein bars and apples for super busy days. Don't go hungry.
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