Ring of the Year: 10 Dorm Essentials for Freshmen | Fun

It’s no secret that the day move is just around the corner and students are rushing to get everything ready on time. Oklahoma State University and all of Google have a million different dorm essential lists and I’m about to give you another one.

Here is a list of the top ten dorm essentials that incoming freshmen may not think of at Oklahoma State University.

# 10: Umbrella / Rain Jacket

Stillwater, Oklahoma, is a very green place and the way it became that way was obviously a lot of rain. I can’t say how many times I’ve been caught in the rain as I walked to class and had to pull out my umbrella. Having an umbrella or rain jacket in your dorm or backpack comes in handy when Oklahoma weather changes as often as it changes.

# 9: Keurig

I love coffee and didn’t like waking up for my 8:30 class three days a week. My Keurig got me through some tough mornings and late night study sessions. The cafes on campus don’t stay open 24 hours a day, and you don’t always want to leave your dorm. If you’re a coffee lover like me, get yourself a Keurig and some cream to put in your dorm fridge for those tired mornings.

# 8: Wall mounted perfume plug

One of the saddest things I was told before starting college was that candles, wax melts and burning anything that smells good was not allowed in the dorms. One thing I liked having for not having to keep spraying around the room was those wall plugs from Febreze or Bath and Body Works. Plug-ins disperse scents automatically and are dorm-friendly. My favorite, Bath and Body Works, has all the different smells you can buy and replace the plug with. It is a good alternative to candles.

# 7: Mirror

The dorms don’t come with standing mirrors and one thing I always used was my long mirror which I bought from Hobby Lobby. A long mirror and a desktop or handheld were very helpful in getting ready and something people don’t normally think about.

# 6: additional storage

This neighbor is great. For how much stuff a college student needs, there isn’t much storage space in the dorm rooms. Make sure you bring some extra storage. The best would probably be baskets and baskets under your bed, a rolling cart for easy access to move things around, especially for your bathroom essentials, and additional furniture. I brought a small nightstand because there wasn’t one in the room, a square coffee table to put my fridge on, and a six-cube cabinet with containers for extra storage. All of these things were very useful to have and aren’t underlined enough in other lists I’ve seen.

# 5: Multi-socket

A power strip is a great thing to have if you have a lot of electronics. If you have a roommate, there aren’t many outlets to share with two people. A power strip can help you plug in your TV, Xbox, computer and charge all your devices.

# 4: First Aid Kit

A first aid kit is essential for all college students, not just freshmen. I’m super accident prone and this was something I didn’t have that I wanted to do. Whenever I cut myself or needed medicine, I was looking for something that wasn’t there. It’s something I think every college freshman needs if nothing else on this list.

# 3: Brit

Starting with our top three in the dorm essentials list is a Brita filter. Tap water in Stillwater isn’t the best thing in the world, and while cutting down on plastic use isn’t your thing, it gets tiring after a while to always have a box of water in your room. A Brita filter and reusable water bottle in your dorm room are essential for staying hydrated and not using a lot of plastic. It is also very convenient to have clean, cold water on hand.

# 2: mattress protector

The next one has really earned its place on the list. Dorm mattresses aren’t exactly the most comfortable sleep mechanisms, and there’s not much you can do about them. Except buying a mattress cover. Having a three-inch memory foam mattress topper added to my bed in my dorm made it even more comfortable than my bed at home. It is one of the best investments for college freshmen.

# 1: cowboy boots and cowboy hat

Getting to number one and the best essential for Oklahoma State University students would be cowboy boots and a cowboy hat for OSU events. Everything from game days to nights out, everyone needs a good pair of boots to grab. Getting off Cavender’s and grabbing a nice cowboy hat was a pivotal experience for me as an Oklahoma native. Cowboy boots and hats go with everything and are a staple for OSU Cowboys.

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