Heading off to college? You already know you need twin XL sheets, a shower caddy and your laptop.
There are a few more things you should add to your shopping list. Make your dorm room smart, clean and comfortable with these nine items.
Want to make your own meals without access to a real kitchen? Enter the. This multitasking wonder can make it all. Rice? Check. Soup? Definitely. .
Learn more about, and check out our list of favorite for inspiration.
A mini fridge has been a dorm room must for decades, and for good reason. It allows you to buy perishables like yogurt and milk and keep cold drinks close by for late-night studying.
Toaster oven or microwave
Are you more into making toast and cooking frozen pizza, or microwaving frozen dinners and making mug cake? Your answer will help you decide which appliance to bring to your dorm.
are arguably more versatile because you can bake in them, but and faster for heating leftovers.
If you feel like you just can't live without a microwave, read our guide on.
Look, don't let your dorm room become gross like your neighbor's. Get a compact vacuum cleaner to keep the floors clean and handle small messes. A simple stick model will work just fine for a dorm.
We suggest the.
Basic cleaning supplies
Just because you don't have to clean the communal bathrooms doesn't mean you shouldn't have cleaning supplies for your own space.
An Amazon Echo ( $100 at Crutchfield) or Google Home ( $69 at Walmart) should be on your shopping list. Either of these can act as an alarm clock, stream music, play games, answer any homework question, remind you to do laundry and so much more.
If you're bringing a TV to college, make sure to bring a Amazon Fire TV, Roku Streaming Stick and others will let you stream Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube and more. Perfect for movie nights., too. The
Distract your eye from those bland dorm walls with art that's better than those generic posters at the bookstore. For students on a budget (basically all students), we've rounded upand the frames for it.
Now that you have artwork, you have to frame it. Avoid putting holes in your walls at all costs if you want to get your deposit back.
Instead, use Command Hooks. They come in many different varieties and are essential for dorm rooms and apartments.
Need more reasons?
Find out why.
CNET's Back to School Guide has everything you need to start the school year.