Arguably one of the most exciting things about preparing for your freshman year at college is shopping for your dorm room. You already have your room at home, but now you get to decorate a whole new room with brand new things. It’s quite easy to get overwhelmed and carried away, trust me. As important as it is to show off your unique style and personality with your new decor, it’s even more important to ensure that you have all the dorm room essentials as well. Although you have an entirely new room to decorate, you must not forget that you are also significantly downsizing in space and that you’ll be sharing this new space with a roommate. Exciting, right?
To say college is expensive would be an understatement, but freshman year is by far the most expensive year, since you are basically buying everything you need to pick up and start a new life in some foreign place. Each year after that, you’re pretty much just adding onto what you already have. Coming from someone who got way too carried away with dorm room shopping (sorry, Mom!), I’ve made a list of some affordable items that you’re probably going to want in your dorm room or to have with you on campus. It’s inevitable that you’re going to burn a hefty hole in your parent’s pockets, but let’s try not burning one in their life’s savings.
- Shower Caddy
Ah, yes, this one is bittersweet. You’ll now be sharing a bathroom with several other people and you’re going to need one of these to carry with you to and from the shower, keeping all your toiletries and shower supplies in one place.
This is the more traditional shower caddy that most people will get, and there are 17 different colors/patterns to choose from. The mesh is nice to have because it dries fast and prevents any mildew buildup in the caddy.
This is another great choice, just a bit more expensive. The metal hook makes it easier to hang while in use to avoid it getting wet on the ground.
- Shower Shoes
Again, you’ll be sharing a bathroom with a lot of other people and you’re most likely going to need some waterproof shoes to wear to and from the shower and possibly even in the shower with you. These have an anti-slip sole to ensure you don’t slip and break your neck in the bathroom, and they have drainage holes which help keep your feet clean and also prevent water from getting stuck inside them.
- Bedside Caddy
A bedside caddy is a good idea for freshmen, especially those with lofted beds. It provides a little more storage space, which you’ll need, and if your bed is lofted, it prevents you from having to climb out of bed to grab something. It comes in handy a lot more than you’d think; I personally used mine for the first three years of college. This one comes in 29 different colors, so it’ll be easy to match with your other bedroom decor.
- Closet Hangers and Organizers
I hate to be the bearer of bad news here, but your closet is going to be quite small, so you’re going to have to get creative with your space. Below are some space-saving hangers and hanging closet organizers that will help increase the limited space you have.
- Lap Desk
You’ll have a desk in your room and of course there’s always the library, but you will inevitably find yourself doing homework or studying in bed at times, so a lap desk will come in handy no doubt. You can get as boujee as you’d like with this or you can keep it simple for just $20.
- Laundry Drying Rack
Trust me, you’re going to need this.
- Eye Mask
The chances that you and your roommate have the same sleep schedule are slim to none. So, having a sleep mask will be very useful when your roommate is pulling an all-nighter 5 feet away from you or when they forget to turn off the lights before bed. This will also come in handy whenever you want to take a nap because trust me, you will.
- Water Bottle
Ok, yes; $50 for a water bottle is a lot. However, you will want a quality water bottle to carry around with you everywhere. And when I say everywhere, I mean everywhere. You’ll be running around all day on campus like a madman, and you’ll need water to keep you hydrated. Without your own water bottle, you’ll end up buying plastic water bottles all the time and this will not only add up to be more expensive than just buying a reusable one, but it’s also bad for the environment, and we are not about that. Hydro Flask water bottle is by far one of the best out there and if you take good care of it, it’ll last you years.
- Pepper Spray
Colleges do everything they can to keep everyone safe on campus, but it’s not guaranteed that you’ll always be safe. Walking back to your dorm room alone from the library at 3 in the morning can be a little scary, so it’s better to be safe than sorry. You can clip this pepper spray onto your backpack or keys, just always make sure you have it with you and that it is easily accessible.
- Power Strip
There will only be so many outlets on your side of the room, so a power strip is definitely something everyone should have in their dorm room.
- First-Aid Kit
You’re used to your mom having everything you could possibly need in case of an emergency, but you’re on your own now. It’s always a good idea to have just the basics lying around, you know, for good measure.
Staying organized is the key to being a successful student. You will get overwhelmed; that is inevitable. So, having a planner to keep track of all your assignments and deadlines will help immensely with the stress of college.
Although you’ll have a planner to help keep track of all your assignments and exams, you’ll still find it easy to forget about something. Therefore, a wall calendar is also a good idea to make sure you don’t forget any important deadlines. You can either get a paper wall calendar for the year or a whiteboard calendar that you’ll never have to replace.
- Handheld Vacuum
You’ll find that it is quite easy to get a small room dirty, even if it is just a few crumbs. Handheld vacuums are great to have in general, but they are especially useful for students living in a dorm since they take up such little space.
2022 Holiday Gift Guide For Her
When it comes to shopping for your best friend, mom, girlfriend, or any other leading lady in your circle, we’ve got you covered. Shop the best gift ideas for women with this holiday gift guide. All products are available on Amazon!
Surprise the makeup enthusiast in your life with this beautiful neutral eyeshadow palette.
Cozy up with these UGG sherpa slippers that will keep you warm all winter long.
Give the gift of glowing skin with this perfect addition to your skincare routine.
Comfortable sleep set that is cozy and cute.
A moisturizing lotion that rejuvenates the skin during the dry winter months.
Give the gift of this Pillow Talk icons set. Includes four favorite lip secrets from the collection.
Like an airy dream, Ariana Grande Cloud is a creamy, soft and luxurious perfume with a high-class scent. Fresh and uplifting bergamot orange, rich lavender and juicy pear create a bright opening.
A hair product any beauty buff would love.
An ideal gift for a girl who’s always on the go!
These must-haves are essential for every step of your hair care routine. Cleanse with normcore signature shampoo, moisturize with the nourishing mask, and refresh your style with perk up dry shampoo.
This lash enhancing liquid eyeliner and serum promote the appearance of longer looking lashes.
A great stocking stuffer and always an everyday must-have.
You can never go wrong with a good pair of earrings, let alone at this price!
At $9, This Silly Plush Turkey Hat Is A Must-Own
In 2022, Santa hats are out. Silly turkey hats are in.
I was on Amazon looking for things to do over Thanksgiving with relatives (eventually landing on the brand new game Christmas Categories) when I came across this:
My first thought was that it creates the perfect opportunity for someone in the family to recreate the classic Monica turkey head scene from Friends:
Then I realized that there are many ways you can have fun with the turkey hat Thanksgiving. When you play games, you can decide in advance that the loser has to wear the turkey hat. Or perhaps you can start a tradition that whoever carves the turkey each year gets to wear the turkey hat. The possibilities are endless!
No matter how you are spending the holiday this year (with funny turkey hat, or sans funny turkey hat), the We Know Products team wishes you a very happy Thanksgiving!
Keep Comfort Within Arm’s Reach With NAIPO’s New Handheld Massager
If you go on Amazon and search for “handheld massager,” you will find dozens and dozens of clones of the same $100 massage gun. My immediate reaction upon seeing this was that there is no longer any innovation in the massager industry. Instead of actually investing in R&D to come up with more advanced ways to help customers, massager companies seem content to copy one another and compete on price.
One company gives me hope. That company is NAIPO, a well-known massager brand whose stated mission is to help people all over the world “Find Well-being.” NAIPO’s latest handheld massager features a brand new design that provides added value for the user. While it is still a percussion massager, its sleek comfort-grip handle grants access to otherwise inaccessible areas of the body. It also features 5 interchangeable massager heads so that you are able to treat each acupuncture point with the best possible massage.
This attention to detail creates a truly customizable experience. After a workout or just a long day at work, you can choose from 5 different speed levels and 5 different working modes, from gentle relaxation to vigorous, deep-tissue massage. By virtue of the extended front grip, you can give exactly the right type of massage to previously neglected muscles all over your body.
A common complaint about percussion massagers is the noise level that can make it awkward or even impossible to use in public. The new NAIPO handheld massager is different. Unlike its competitors, it provides amazing results with only a single massage head. This has the twin effect of reducing noise levels and making it lighter and therefore less unwieldy, a huge plus especially for older users.
The NAIPO XF-5120 handheld massager will be available for purchase soon, and at $52.99 it is inarguably cheaper than similar products on the market. You get your very own either at NAIPO’s own storefront on naipocare.com or on Walmart.com. Stay tuned for more updates!