Sending a child off to college is stressful and tedious. Just when you think you’ve checked all the boxes and purchased all necessities (towels, books, supplies, first-aid kits, etc.), another item else pops into your head and it’s likely an item you wouldn’t have thought of.  This list of college dorm must haves includes items mentioned by like-minded first-time college parents, with hopes that our degree-seeking kids have everything they need and more!

College Dorm Must Haves

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Taco vs Burrito is a wildly popular and surprisingly strategic game created by a 7-year-old that has taken the card game industry by storm.  With over 10,000 five star reviews, Taco vs Burrito sold a whopping $5.6 million in 2021.  It’s perfect for kids, adults and families alike! 

  • Create by a Kid, Perfect for Everyone – Alex dreamed up TvB at age 7, but this crazy, fun strategic food fight is a smash with kids and adults alike! Ideal for ages from 7-77.
  • Easy to Learn and Quick to Play – Takes only a few minutes to learn. Gameplay runs 10-15 minutes. Optimal for 2-4 players.
  • Brilliant Gift Idea – Makes the perfect birthday for boys, girls, parents, adults, friends, or family as well as any board game or card game lover. Great for birthdays, Mothers Day, Fathers Day, and Taco Tuesday!

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PeachSkinSheets is the perfect dorm must-have for any college student, with their temperature-controlled bedding and a 1500 thread count level of softness that boasts a brushed Peachskin finish on the front and back for a breathable coziness unlike anything else. Add to that the fact that they’re antimicrobial and feature moisture-wicking fabric that helps hot sleepers stay cool and cold sleepers stay cozy. They are thoughtfully constructed with deep pockets for a secure, adjustment-free fit, guaranteed to give them the most incredible zzz’s of their life – especially after a long night of studying.

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Warmies are the creators of fully freezable or heatable aromatherapy stuffed animals and wellness items (slippers, neck wraps, heating pads, sleeping eye masks). All Warmies products contain real dried French lavender sourced from local growers in Provence, France, and all-natural grain filling to provide the perfect weight and sensory experience. Warmies is a great addition to dorms and college living because of all the therapeutic benefits!

Warmies products provide amazing benefits for college students:

  • Relaxing Lavender aromatherapy reduces stress.
  • More studies are showing the benefits of weighted items to promote a better sleep and reduce anxiety
  • When heated, Warmies products provide relief for earaches, muscle aches, cramps and more.
  • They are incredibly comfy and safe for all ages.

Warmies products can be found everywhere from gift shops to major retailers and also at

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Instantly add a comfort layer to your mattress with a Linenspa Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper. Soft, supportive memory foam helps to relieve pressure points by distributing weight evenly. The memory foam is infused with gel that works to regulate temperature by capturing and distributing heat. Foam is CertiPUR-US certified for quality standards. Plush memory foam surface revitalizes your existing mattress and prevents long-term wear and tear on your mattress. Available in plush 2-inch and 3-inch profiles. 


The Eden pillow, from Coop Home Goods, is made with a blend of cooling gel-infused memory foam and microfiber, and is ideal for those who want to sink into softness yet remain supported.  It’s a lofty, luxurious, and supportive alternative to down.

  • Proprietary blend of medium-soft cooling gel-infused memory foam-and-microfiber fill
  • Interlocking dual-case system for easy adjustment
  • Machine washable Lulltra™ cover
  • Mesh tape gusset for even fill distribution
  • Extra ½ pound of fill included
  • GREENGUARD Gold and CertiPUR-US® certified

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Add a little extra storage to your space with this versatile dresser organizer from Edenbrook. Wood construction with durable and supportive crossbars on the sides creates a minimalist look perfect to use as room organization to store knickknacks or supplies, or to create extra space in a closet or bedroom. Super easy to assemble, just open the crossbars, unfold the fabric drawers with convenient pull handles, secure the wooden top with dowels and you have a lightweight, portable, and compact storage unit.

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Never let your kids be late again! -Waking up early is a pain for most people, and this is also true for kids. So, in response to the screams, moans and worries of kids who don’t want to get out of bed, Amazon sells this digital alarm clock for kids with a night light to wake them up with a gentle chime and get them through the morning and a day of classes!


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