There are lots of things you’ll want to bring to make your residence hall your new home, but we’ve compiled a list of the top eleven helpful items that you might not think about. Links are below to order from online shops, but remember to support your local businesses when you have the opportunity!
Command Strips and Hooks
Command strips and hooks are an absolute necessity. They work great for hanging pictures, artwork, towels, or even mirrors. We were skeptical at first, but they’ve definitely proved their strength. The best part is how easy they come off the walls.
Storage bins will help you stay organized, which is essential when you’re living in a shared space. You can place them inside dressers to divide your drawers or set them on your shelves. Use them to hold clothes, craft items, or school supplies. The possibilities are endless! They come in many colors and materials. Larger storage bins with lids are great for moving in as well.
Depending on where you live, you may have to walk down the hall to the bathroom. Having a shower caddy makes it simple—just grab your caddy and go!
Another way to save space and stay organized is to have a shoe rack. There are many kinds, but some of the most convenient and popular are over-the-door options.
Changing beds can sometimes be a challenge to your sleep patterns, so bringing a comfy mattress topper similar to what you’re used to is the best way to bring home to you! Just make sure it is a twin XL and that your sheets will still fit over it.
Long Phone Charger
The worst feeling is having your phone die during the night because you forgot to plug in your charger. Having a long phone charger makes this a non-issue! Your bed may be a little taller than you’re used to, and a longer charger means you don’t have to worry about pulling the charger out of the wall. Remember—extension cords are not allowed!
We all have more than one piece of technology, and you will most likely bring lamps, fans, and even microwaves and refrigerators…all of which need to be plugged in or charged. Arranging rooms around outlets can be tricky, so having a power strip or two definitely saves lots of trouble.
Top two things to look for in a laundry basket? Durability and size. How well will the laundry basket hold up walking down the hall or being jammed in the back of your car for a long weekend home? Also, make sure you think about the size…the bigger it is, the longer you can wait to do laundry.
Desk Hutch or Shelves
In limited spaces, you want to build up! Having extra shelf space on your desk maximizes your space and, once again, helps with organization. Shelves of any kind are a great idea…add some in your closet or under your bed!
Cleaning Supplies and Sanitation Products
Mercer does a great job keeping our residence halls and buildings sanitary, but you may want to bring supplies to keep your personal space clean. In order to maintain a healthy living environment, consider bringing your own cleaning supplies, including: Lysol wipes, soap, hand sanitizer, and bathroom cleaner (if you share a bathroom).
Last, but certainly not least, bring pictures! Displaying them in your room can lead to great conversations. Pictures are a fun way to learn about other students’ families and friends from home. It’s really easy and not too expensive to pick a few (or a hundred) pictures off your phone and print them at Walmart or your local drugstore, like Walgreens or CVS.