Are you trying to make sure your college student has all the college dorm essentials they’ll need while they’re away from home (and you)? Check out our awesome list of the best college dorm essentials every student might need, and rest easy knowing your baby is set at school!
It’s hard enough sending your youngling out into the great big world on their own, isn’t it? They were just born yesterday, for Pete’s sake, and now here they are talking about roommates and lofts and how to make their dorm room look like JoAnna Gaines decorated it herself.
Yes, college dorm rooms are quite a bit different these days, but a few things still remain. There’s still the need for some staples, and more than ever, we want those staples to be as eco-friendly as they can be. These college students we’re sending into the world are the future, and smaller carbon footprints and eco-friendly products are always what we want them to look for when making sure they have the college dorm essentials they’ll need.
We checked into our mama forums and asked around to see what must-haves college students swore by, and then looked for as many eco-friendly and good-to-the-earth products as we could find. Make sure you check them out so your student is set, even when you can’t be there.
Bedding Basics: College Dorm Essentials
Start with a super comfy mattress topper. Saatva is an eco-friendly company that makes this mattress topper. Dorm room beds are not necessarily known for their comfort, so this topper from Saatva is made with advanced technology, superior materials and organic cotton for the coolest, most comfortable sleep college students can have.
And, don’t forget to pay close attention to the pillow your college student sleeps on. The Saatva Pillow is a plush, hotel-quality pillow that is made with eco-friendly cotton and supportive shredded American Talalay latex. This means that college students will have more neck and spine support, and feel like they’re laying on clouds.
Be sure their sheets are organic too. This silky-soft sateen Lofton organic sheet set is a 300-thread count, long-staple with an organic cotton weave. The pockets are perfect for deep mattresses (and especially if they have mattress toppers) that are 10″-15″ high and they have a single ply thread that’s oh-so-soft and safe for sleeping. And yes, organic DOES matter when it comes to what we sleep on.
To top it all off, check out this soft organic blanket and this organic, Australian wool-filled hypoallergenic comforter. The blanket is a perfect accompaniment to dorm-wide movie night, and they’ll have the sweetest of dreams underneath the comforter.
It’s wool-filled and encased in 100% organic sateen cotton. Wool is the best material for keeping temperature regulated, and is made to wick away moisture to keep Goldilocks the temperature she’s most comfortable being. It’s naturally resistant to dust mites, mold and mildew and it is even flame resistant without having to use any chemicals! You can use it as it is, or consider this soft and silky organic duvet cover for easier washing.
Once you’ve gotten the most important function for college students squared away, it’s time to move on into the other everyday creature comforts (and necessities) that make dorm life nice!
The most noticeable thing about college dorm rooms is their size. They are typically small, with limited space, and often shared, so space is even more a premium. That’s why we think the Stuff ‘N Sit from Creative QT is awesome. We came across it for playroom storage, but their larger size is a creative storage solution that can ALSO double as a seat! In dorm rooms, college students can fill it with pillows, blankets and the clothes that aren’t in season and voila! They have a super comfy ottoman for hanging out with their dormmates. Each ottoman is created with strong, soft cotton and has an extra-long reinforced zipper for durability. They come in all sorts of fun prints and colors, so they’ll make any dorm room fun and cozy.
They say everything old ends up being new again, and we believe it, at least when it comes to style. A must-have college dorm essential is a mini-refrigerator and we love this one by Galanz. It’s super fun and functional and will help keep your college student’s leftovers and care packages fresh and cool each semester. And, it has pull out slides, so it’s easy to clean (and hopefully, they’ll keep it clean!) and tote home when summer comes!
So let’s just be real. The typical diet of a college student isn’t…shall we say…the best, is it? Despite your best attempts at proper nutrition education, you know how kids on their own for the first time can be. So, since college kids are known for poor eating habits, you can still Mama them with Sneakz Organic’s new Meal2Go shakes. They are clean and green meal supplements that are perfect for on-the-go college students who desperately need good nutrition. Meal2Go is a whole food blended replacement drink mix that boasts a full serving of daily vegetables that comes from organic carrot, sweet potato, spinach, kale, and cauliflower. It’s unique, though, as it also combines 16 grams of plant protein, 17 vitamins and minerals, ancient grains, quinoa, ashwagandha, and probiotics in, and helps keep your college student’s immunity and stamina up and running. It’s free of artificial anything, and all your college student needs to make it is 8-10 ounces of milk or water. The packets are shelf-stable, which is awesome in dorms, and while you can order on Amazon, you can also order through Sneakz Organic’s website and have them on auto shipment so you know your student has access to some nutrition regularly.
And what’s a college dorm room without a blender? Ahem. Yes, there are some specialty drinks that may be popular that come from blenders, but what we’re talking about with the new Hurom Hexa Power High-Speed Blender is the fact that you can make sure your college student’s nutritional needs are met easily and quickly with this blender. It’s cased in stainless steel and has settings like Smoothie and Soup (maybe not as good as mom’s, but quite close!) and the perfect way to make sure your college student still integrates nutritious and whole foods in her diet in a fast and easy way!
Help your college student stay organized with this incredible planner! My Infinite Agenda is a dynamic planner that’s gorgeous and helps your college student stay on top of all she needs to be doing in this new phase of her life. It gives inspirations and prompts and encouragement to turn dreams into realities, and it’s like having a planner, agenda, vision board and gratitude journal all in one! Plus, My Infinite Agenda gives 5% of profits to various charities with every purchase!
Yes, this is a must-have! My Cinema Lightbox is a fun way for roomies to communicate with each other, or for your college student to just share aspirations and inspirations with the world. They’re super fun and affordable gifts for college students, and they’ll help motivate your student in easy, fun ways that just take a little bit of the pressure of college off. They’re statement pieces and they can change as easily as your college student’s mood changes!
We love Yoobi because they are the buy-one, give-one school and office supply company and they’re looking to change the ‘why’ of shopping. The folks at Yoobi work hard to be socially responsible and for every Yoobi item purchased, they donate a school supply item to kids in need in the United States. They work to make it so that one day, every child has the tools he or she needs to be creative and successful, and they make some fun stuff for your college student too! For instance, who said taking notes had to be boring? These fun gel pens from Yoobi say otherwise and we agree! We also love their fun notebooks and pencil organizers–perfect for staying young even though they’re becoming ohhhh-soooo-much older and wiser!
Without question, this water pitcher from LifeStraw is a MUST-have when it comes to college dorm essentials! Do you have any idea what the water is like on some college campuses? And do you know how much water the average college student doesn’t drink? It’s sad because water is so essential to their brain function. That’s why we love this pitcher. Not only does it keep water about as clean as it can possibly be, and delicious as well, but it comes from a couple of bad-a$$ mamas who go across the world to make sure children have access to clean water.
That’s right…LifeStraw leaders Alison Hill and Tara Lundy have made public health their life and purpose. They guide a global team of women who lead the R&D, product development and outreach of LifeStraw with public health and safety in mind. LifeStraw is award-winning and life-saving in the water filtration department and makes contaminated water safe to drink. The moms travel across the world as fierce warriors for families everywhere and help communities have access to clean and safe drinking water. They don’t just stop there though–in light of natural disasters like Hurricane Dorian, they use LifeStraw funds and buy desperately needed supplies like generators, diapers and medical supplies and are ready to help at any given moment. In fact, Alison had a newborn at home, but that didn’t stop her–those powerful women hit the plane and took to helping however they could. They believe collaborating together makes a huge impact.
And that’s how Adventurist Backpack Co. came to be. Realizing they could “Travel well, do good,” with simple acts of food in a backpack, they designed and created these lightweight, stylish packs. They were able to fit about 25 meals in their bags when they’d been traveling, and when creating Adventurist, that’s what they wanted their purpose to be as well.
Believing a little kindness goes a long way, every Adventurist bag sold results in the couple donating 25 meals to communities in need. They know that feeding hungry families feeds their ability to learn, grow and give back themselves, and they believe that integrating business and doing good is the way to do so.
Because Adventurist is committed to reducing fabric waste in the world, their bags have a lifetime guarantee. If your bag breaks or tears, they’ll fix or replace it free of charge. That means it’s gonna last you through grad school and beyond!
There are health benefits to dry brushing your skin to stimulate circulation and promote better skin health and we love this eco-friendly bamboo brush. It’s like having two brushes in one, as the handle is long enough to reach spots you typically may need help with. It will exfoliate, clean and remove dead skin in an eco-friendly way, and is a must for your college student’s shower caddy to keep their skin healthy and glowing.