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5 Dorm Essentials for Comfortable Campus Living

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You can't perform to the best of your abilities in college if your living conditions are poor. You need to be able to give it your best effort in class and come home to a clean, comfortable dorm room that allows you to rejuvenate your mind and stay at the top of your game. That's why it's so important to make sure you're packing all of the essentials to a clean dorm room. Otherwise, you'll have to rely on what the school supplies you, and while you may have everything you need to survive, that doesn't necessarily include what's needed for optimal comfort. Here's what to include in your checklist so your dorm room is properly equipped.

"Filter out some indoor allergens with an air purifier."

1. Air Purifier
You'll be able to open the windows in your dorm room for some ventilation, but when the weather gets cold and you don't want cool air blowing into your room, you'll need to shut them. Unfortunately, this means you're also sealing in dust and other airborne particles that could irritate your nasal passageways. Keep an air purifier in your room to filter out some of these allergens. In turn, you'll be a step closer to cleaner air. You'll have one less thing taking your mind away from your studies. 

2. Humidifier
As the weather gets cooler, you may notice that the air gets dryer. This can be irritating for your sensitive nose and throat, and it's difficult to focus on your work when you're not feeling well. Run a humidifier in your dorm room at night to restore moisture in the air. You'll wake up feeling refreshed and ready to head to class. Not to mention, it will help keep your skin looking dewy and fresh. 

3. Fan
You may head off to school in September, but that doesn't mean there can't be a few scorching hot days mixed in while the season continues to change to fall. Your dorm room may not be equipped with air conditioning, and you don't want to be in a position where you have to deal with hot and humid temperatures without any sort of relief. Bring a tabletop fan with you and place it on your desk, windowsill or any other area that will be able to reach your bed and keep you comfortable while you sleep. After all, a good night's rest is crucial to concentration and retaining all of the information you learned in class.

Pack these in with your college supplies.Pack these in with your college supplies.

4. Cleaning Supplies
This may very well be the first time you've ever had to clean anything on your own, and you want to make sure you're equipped with all of the necessary items. Be sure to go to college with an array of cleaning supplies that will keep your quarters as hygienic as possible. Disinfecting wipes, multi-purpose sprays and ample paper towels will come in handy throughout the year. Keep natural cleaning products on deck too, as they can be just as effective as chemical-based cleaners, and don't pollute the air or cause respiratory irritation. Hydrogen peroxide and white vinegar are great alternatives to harsh cleaning supplies, so stock up on them to protect yourself.

5. Mattress Pads
Your dorm likely supplies the mattress, but that's about it when it comes to your bed. Be sure to cover it appropriately. Bring a mattress pad and cover to add comfort as well as an added layer of protection from any allergens that may lie on the surface of the mattress. You should also bring a number of pillows according to your preference and cover those properly as well.


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