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11 Must-Have College Dorm Room Essentials: Back-to-School Deals on Amazon

Back to school deals for dorm rooms

As the back-to-school season approaches, college students are busy preparing for their next academic adventure. One important aspect of the preparation is creating a comfortable and functional living space in the dorm room. Thankfully, there are lots of Back-To-School deals on Amazon offers a wide range of deals on essential items that can transform a plain dorm room into a cozy and organized haven. (If you haven’t taken advantage of Amazon Prime and all it’s benefits now’s the time to join. For more details on all it’s benefits and how to try it out for free, check out this blog post )

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1. Chakir Turkish Linens Luxury Spa and Hotel Quality Premium Turkish Cotton 6-Piece Towel Set

One essential item for any dorm room is a good set of towels. The Chakir Turkish Linens Luxury Spa and Hotel Quality Towel Set is the perfect choice. Made from premium Turkish cotton, this set includes two bath towels, two hand towels, and two washcloths. The towels are incredibly soft, absorbent, and durable, making them ideal for everyday use. Plus, with the double set, students can use one set while the other is in the wash. (Assuming they know how to use a washing machine??) With this towel set, college students can enjoy a touch of luxury while maintaining a clean and fresh feeling throughout the school year.

2. Wall Charger, Surge Protector, QINLIANF 5 Outlet Extender with 4 USB Charging Ports**

With the increasing number of electronic devices college students use, having a reliable charging station is crucial. The QINLIANF Wall Charger is a multifunctional power strip with five outlets and four USB charging ports. This surge protector provides ample space to charge multiple devices simultaneously, including smartphones, tablets, laptops, and more. Its compact design and three-sided outlets make it perfect for dorm room desks or nightstands. With this power strip, students can keep all their devices powered up and organized.  Remember when all we had to worry about plugging in was our electric typewriter?

3. INSE Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, 6-in-1 Rechargeable Stick Vacuum


Maintaining cleanliness in a dorm room can be a challenge.  I don’t know about you, but when I was in college chasing down a vacuum cleaner to spruce up before Parent Visitation Day was akin to battling for the last Playstation at a Walmart Black Friday Sale!  Plus who knows what questionable stuff is lurking in the dust bag. 

But by having the INSE Cordless Vacuum Cleaner right in your room it becomes a breeze. This lightweight and powerful stick vacuum is designed for easy maneuverability and efficient cleaning. With a runtime of up to 45 minutes and a 2200 mAh battery, it can tackle dirt, dust, and pet hair with ease. Its versatile 6-in-1 design allows it to transform into a handheld vacuum. Originally selling for $450 dollars, The back-to-school deals on Amazon’s sale gives you 71% off. The only thing your student will have to battle is keeping it in their room. It’s a fast track to finding “friends” for sure!

4. Amazon Basics 20 Large Pocket Over-the-Door Hanging Shoe Organizer

Living in a dorm room means dealing with limited space, and keeping things organized is crucial. The Amazon Basics Over-the-Door Hanging Shoe Organizer provides a smart storage solution for shoes, and accessories.  It would be a great place to keep keys or other small things so they won’t get lost in your roommate’s clutter or accidently get thrown away in the pizza box.

With 20 spacious pockets, this organizer helps maximize storage space and keeps the floor clutter-free. Its easy-to-hang design makes it convenient for dorm rooms where drilling holes might not be allowed. Stay organized and keep your dorm room tidy with this practical hanging shoe organizer.

5. Amazon Basics Slim Velvet, Non-Slip Suit Clothes Hangers

Having the right hangers can make a significant difference in maximizing closet space and keeping clothes organized. The Amazon Basics Slim Velvet Clothes Hangers are designed to be slim yet sturdy, making them perfect for a college dorm room. The velvet surface prevents clothes from slipping off, keeping them neat and wrinkle-free. With a pack of 30 hangers, you’ll have ample space to hang your wardrobe essentials while optimizing your closet’s capacity.

6. Amazon Basics Lightweight Super Soft Easy Care Microfiber 3 Piece Bed Sheet Set With 14-inch Deep Pockets, Twin XL

Comfortable bedding is essential for a good night’s sleep, and the Amazon Basics Microfiber Bed Sheet Set delivers just that. Made from lightweight and super-soft microfiber, this set includes a fitted sheet, a flat sheet, and a pillowcase. The deep pockets ensure a secure fit on the dorm room mattress. Easy to care for and incredibly cozy, these sheets will provide a comfortable sanctuary in your dorm room. At that price, it’s worth it to get two sets. This way waiting for an open communal dryer won’t mean sleeping on damp sheets.  Be sure to check on the size of the mattress as some offer extra long twin mattresses instead of the standard size.

7/8. Bedsure Twin XL Comforter and a Duvet Cover for it.

The Bedsure Twin XL Comforter is an excellent purchase for a student going away to college.The comforter is quilted and filled with a plush down alternative, providing warmth and coziness throughout the year. 

This comforter comes with convenient corner tabs that can be attached to duvet covers, preventing the comforter from shifting or bunching up inside. I highly recommend using a duvet cover for easy maintenance and comfort.  I preferred using just a comforter in place of flat sheet. It was much quicker to make my bed and washing the cover is way easier than washing the comforter.  The comforter is machine washable, but be sure your dorm machines can handle bulky stuff. Otherwise, your best bet is a laundromat. (Hence why I recommend the duvet cover!)

9. Amazon Basics Down-Alternative Pillows, Soft Density for Stomach and Back Sleepers

A good pillow is crucial for a comfortable night’s sleep. I can’t imagine that a college dorm provides pillows these days, and if they do, eww, put them in the closet! Instead, get two nice, new (clean) Amazon Basics Down-Alternative Pillows designed with comfort in mind. These soft-density pillows provide gentle support for stomach and back sleepers. Filled with down-alternative polyester, they offer a hypoallergenic option that mimics the luxurious feel of down without triggering allergies. I love a good down pillow, but who knows if your roommate is allergic to ducks (or geese? Plus, you keep an animal from sacrificing its fluff).

10. iPhone Fast Charger, 2Pack Type C Wall Charger Block with 6FT USB-C to Lightning Cables [Apple MFi Certified]

God forbid you leave home without a charger. I have one in my car, one by my bed, and several scattered throughout my house. The phone is the life blood of today’s students and having two of these suckers means one can stay in their dorm room and the other can travel in their computer bag, or purse, or backpack.  This charger set includes two 20W PD Type C wall chargers and two 6ft USB-C to Lightning cables, providing fast charging capabilities for iPhone 14/13/12/11 and other compatible Apple devices. Plus,  they can’t use the excuse that they didn’t get your call because their phone was dead. 

10. ADekala Sunrise Alarm Clock Sound Machine, Smart Wake-up Light, Ambient Light & Sleep Assistant White Noise Sound Machine

Finally and most importantly, who will wake up your kid when it’s time to go to class now that you’re not there to yell at them ten times or fire off the water-filled squirt gun? (That was my method). I mean, getting to class is the main point of this whole college thing, after all!  

Thankfully the back-to-school deals include The Dekala Sunrise Alarm Clock Sound Machine. It has features that make it an ideal companion for college students. Typically, this clock goes for $80, but at the time this article was published, they knocked off 26 percent!

The alarm clock utilizes sunrise simulation to mimic a natural sunrise. This gentle awakening can help college students wake up more naturally and feel more refreshed, especially during early morning classes or study sessions. College students can use an app to set their wake-up times and customize the light settings.

The Dekala Alarm Clock also functions as an ambient light and sleep assistant. It offers various light colors and intensities to create a soothing and relaxing environment. The sleep assistant feature provides white noise options, helping to mask distracting sounds like a snoring roommate or the party upstairs while promoting better sleep. All these features make it an attractive choice for college students seeking an intelligent and functional alarm clock for their dorm room. 

Sending our children off to college is one of those milestones marking the next stage in their lives and ours. When I sent my son off to college, helping him get his dorm room set-up was one of the things I liked most. I liked knowing I left him in a well-organized and more comfortable space. Having back-to-school deals like these makes it a little easier to make that happen without adding too much more to the “national debt’ tuition bill.

Sending our children off to college is one of those milestones marking the next stage in their and our lives. When I sent my son off to college, helping him get his dorm room set up was one of the things I liked most. I liked knowing I left him in a well organized and more comfortable space. Having back-to-school deals like these, makes it a little easier to make that happen.

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