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Dorm Kitchen Essentials List
If you or a loved one is off to college soon then you know there are so many things to purchase and plan. Having gone through this with my daughter I’ve put together this list of kitchen essentials she found useful her freshman year.
Whether you purchase all or just a few you will have an idea of the things you may need in the future. The best way to get through the college packing stage is to have a plan.
While some students will share a dorm room others like my daughter will have an apartment-style loft. Depending on your school you may or may not need this entire list.
Make sure to check on the college website for any forbidden items. The worst thing is to buy a bunch of stuff you are not allowed to bring.
If you need ideas for what essentials will come in handy then this list is for you.
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College Kitchen Essentials
As you can see from the apartment-style dorm room video there are many kitchen essentials to purchase. If you move off-campus you can just bring these with you and add any others you may need.
What do you need for a dorm kitchen?
A few things that are must-haves are the mini fridge, microwave, Keurig, Brita water filter, utensils, dinnerware and glasses. At a minimum, these will definitely get used.
Nices extras would be the rice cooker, blender, tea kettle, and cook books. The Yeti is also a staple and reminder to drink water. From personal experience, my daughter lives for her yeti and carries it with her everywhere.
Now let’s get into the rest of the list.
Dorm Kitchen Essentials List For College Students
KEURIG // TEA KETTLE // MINI FRIDGE // BLENDER // RICE COOKER // YETI // GLASSES // POTS & PANS // MITTS & POT HOLDER // SILVERWARE // DINNERWARE SET // MICROWAVE // COLANDER // WATER PITCHER // CUTTING BOARD // FOOD STORAGE CONTAINERS // TRASH CAN // MIXING BOWLS // SALT & PEPPER // TRADER JOE’S COOKBOOK // FRIENDS RECIPES // STEEL STRAW SET
List Of Kitchen Essentials
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Best Dorm Kitchen Appliances
This kitchen essentials list will help you start to plan your college experience. As you go through each item remember to communicate with your roommate so you don’t duplicate the dorm kitchen essentials you can share.
Dorm Kitchen Cooking Essentials
These kitchen necessities will help you save money by cooking at home. Many of these items can also be shared so plan accordingly.
- POTS & PANS
- CUTTING BOARD
- COOKING UTENSILS
- MIXING BOWLS
- MITTS & POT HOLDER
- SALT AND PEPPER SET
Dorm Kitchen Serving Essentials
If you HATE washing dishes you be tempted to buy paper plates and plastic utensils. However if you are covering that cost (not mommy) it will add up fast.
Save your money for going out on the town instead of spending it on paper plates!
- DINNERWARE SET
- PORTABLE UTENSILS
- STEEL STRAW SET
- SALT & PEPPER
- BRITA WATER PITCHER
- TRAVEL MUG
Dorm Storage & Cleaning Essentials
Another way to save money in college is to meal prep. It’s a fun activity you can do with your roommates. The more you plan during the week the less time you’ll spend thinking about what to eat.
That means you’ll have more energy to study or hang out with new friends.
Best Dorm Kitchen Essentials List
Below are details of the important college kitchen essentials. These are the items you’ll most likely need and want to have.
Your college experience should be memorable and stress free. One way to simplify the process is to prepare as much as possible before your arrive on campus.
A Keurig is a must, especially for mid-term and finals week. This one is available in five stylish colors so matter your decor there is one perfect for you.
If you are not a coffee lover then tea is great to keep you up as well. This one comes in my favorite pink color and is perfect for making Cup Noodles soup too.
We all know how those eating habits go in college when you are too tired to cook.
For those sharing a room, a mini-fridge is a must. Keep all your drinks and food close by with this one from Target.
It features a separate freezer area that is great for frozen dinners or ice cream. When you are done with college you can make use of it in your home as well. We moved my sons into the Airbnb and it has worked out fabulous.
This blender will not only make your favorite smoothies but it’s great for cocktails too. If you love to cook you can whip up your favorite soups and sauces too.
The powerful NutriBullet blender will be a constant companion during your entire college experience.
Another dorm kitchen essential that we shipped from NY to Hawai’i. This one makes four cups uncooked (8 cooked) which is the perfect amount for most college students.
Featuring separate settings for white and brown rice you will it perfectly every time.
This is a staple that all college students will want and love. You can never drink too much water in my opinion and a Yeti is awesome for doing just that.
Add the separate top option which features a straw. It is said that people drink more water when they use a straw.
POTS & PANS
These super cute pots and pans are sure to last the entire four years you are away at college. They’re fashionable and stylish but function as well.
Make everything from pasta, mac and cheese, to eggs with this set.
A microwave is a must-have for your college dorm room. This is one of those items where you’ll want to plan with your roommate who should purchase it.
Depending on your space (and college) you may only need one. You’ll be able to heat your food quickly so you don’t miss out on any of the action.
BRITA WATER FILTER
As much as you may be used to buying a 24 pack of water bottles things will add up fast when you’re a college student. It’s much more cost-effective to refill a Brita water filter than to keep purchasing bottles.
It’s also better for the environment as well. Just remember the filter WILL need to be replaced!
If you are looking for silverware other than the classic silver option then these are for you.
For my rainbows and unicorn, lovers go for the iridescent set. If gold is more your jam then the Target set is sure to glam up your decor.
Either of these cookbooks will help you cook during your college years. Personally, I’m a Trader Joe’s fan but the Friends cookbook is fabulous to get started too.
STEEL STRAW SET
These are better for the environment and will last much longer than the plastic straws you may be used to. Carry them with you as you travel in the handy drawstring bag.
I hope this was helpful as you go through the college essentials journey. For more ideas and tips check out the other college dorm room posts in the series.
This should cover everything to get started with your kitchen setup and more.
Not everyone will need all the items here but it is a reminder you might!
Let me know if I missed anything in the comments below.
Have an awesome day full of Unicorns + Rainbows!
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