When moving into a new dorm room, it is your opportunity to decorate it to fit your personal style! There are so many dorms must haves out there to choose from and it can look a bit daunting. But I put together a few items that I added to my dorm room, which I think you will like as well.
I love adding many fluffy pillows, fun decorations, and even useful organization tools to my spice up my dorm room and you will too!
So these are 50 dorm must-haves for students that you need to include in your room .
This list even includes some new pandemic-related dorm essentials that you may not have thought about.
Must Haves For Your Bed
There are a few things that stand out in a dorm room, one of which is your bed. Because your bed is a huge focal point in your dorm room, the way you style it controls the look of the entire room.
This semester, you have many styles to choose from in terms of the design and color of your comforter.
The current popular styles of comforters are minimalistic with a simple color scheme that matches the rest of the dorm room and an optional layer of a fun design or pattern.
Choosing the best-fitting colors and design will help your comforter pop out of the rest of its surroundings but also blend in well with the room’s color scheme.
A comfy texture of your dorm comforter is a dorm must-have. Having a soft and cozy comforter will create a relaxing place for you to spend your free time on Netflix or Hulu.
There are hundreds of comforter designs available to you, so get out and choose the perfect one for your dorm room.
2. Comfy Sheets
The important part of making sure you are comfortable when trying to fall asleep is the type of sheets you have wrapped around you. Everyone has a different preference for what sort of fabric they prefer when it comes to their dorm room sheets.
The choices may seem endless with sateen, flannel, percale and so many more, but picking the right fabric could turn a pair of sheets into a dorm must-have.
There are also many patterns and color palettes you can choose from. Picking the right color palette to match the rest of your dorm room aesthetic can bring everything together, even if you don’t feel up to making your bed every day.
Pillows will make your dorm room feel like home whether you choose accent pillows, body pillows or floor pillows.
Your dorm room is where you hang out in your free time or when using Zoom during class. Pillows can spice up a dorm room’s aesthetic and tone down its atmosphere.
Your bed is the first place pillows are a must-have item. These pillows can be plushy, standard-sized pillows to get your best sleep on.
Adding accent pillows to put on during the day will clean up your bed game and make your dorm room put together. Using mini accent pillows on a spare chair can also add an extra level of comfort to your dorm room.
Body pillows, backrest pillows and floor pillows make it easy to study wherever you are in your room without having to sit at your desk all the time.
I love to use these huge pillows to prop myself up against my dorm room wall and watch Netflix at night or read until I fall asleep. At least the pillows keep my head from nodding off!
Dorms and residential halls can get cold with chilly temperatures creeping in from outside. Have a few extra blankets to wrap yourself in on a cold day.
In 2021, it is all about faux fur! Soft, textured blankets make you feel as though you are snuggling up with your pet that you had to leave at home.
Calming, weighted blankets are also a comforting option. Their weight helps you relax and unwind after a long day of studying or online classes. These have become a popular must-have in college dorm rooms.
I really want one of these because I have heard it helps calm you when you get anxious about homework or friend drama. I tend to get caught up in a lot of that, so this would be very helpful for me. I’m sure it can calm you down as well!
Is your bed taken over by the lovely, puffy comforter and pillows? To balance all the comfy energy on your dorm room bed, a unique headboard could do the trick.
It can make you feel even more at home if you use a similar design to your headboard you had to leave behind.
Headboards can be of any style, texture, color and shape. It can also be designed to match the color scheme or mood of your room. As your Twin XL college dorm bed may seem unexciting, adding a headboard can make it look like the bed of your dreams.
My headboard is wooden and matches the style I have picked for my storage units, desk, and chair in my dorm room. Having a headboard does a great job of tying everything together.
Nothing could be worse than discovering bedbugs have taken over your mattress in your dorm room.
The risk of a bedbug takeover can be eliminated with a mattress protector. Make sure you buy the right size for your dorm bed!
I know this may not seem that important, but trust me, you will thank yourself when the end of the year rolls around and you can just take off your mattress protector and your mattress is just like new again!
Dorm rooms don’t usually come with as nice of a mattress as you may have at home. An uncomfortable mattress can be a hit or miss with all the time you want to spend in bed watching Netflix and getting good-quality sleep.
Therefore, a mattress pad for your dorm bed can make all the difference in your sleep schedule.
My mattress was uncomfortable before I got a mattress pad. Now I find I can sleep better and fall asleep more quickly than before! This item is definitely worth the price!
Must Haves For Organization
Trying to fit a whole year’s worth of school supplies, clothing, and snacks into your dorm room can leave it looking like a tornado just blew through.
Though room organization is a huge struggle for many college students, storage units can solve this problem by decluttering a room.
Storage trunks can be used as both a storage spot and a display table. Storage bins are useful for optimizing minimal storage space under your dorm room bed and other hard-to-get-to places.
I use the space under my bed to keep my snacks and extra books from previous semesters.
It is quite common for dorm rooms to have very limited closet space.
Plastic hangers found in any back-to-school section of the store are often bulky and take up way too much space in your dorm closet.
Multi-layer hangers save a lot of space in your dorm closet and help declutter the area, creating more room for other storage.
10. Velvet Hangers
These allow you to fit more clothes in your dorm closet than thicker plastic hangers.
They also stop your shirts and sweaters from sliding off one side after the other, creating piles of clothing on the floor with just one accidental nudge.
This means no more clean clothing covered in dust!
Organization tools such as caddies or hooks can save space in your college dorm room when it may seem like you have none. These caddies can hold shoes in your closet or extra books that don’t fit on your desk.
Caddies can also hang on Command hooks and therefore have more versatility than you may realize. Wall hooks can be stuck to any surface to add the ability to hang decorations on windows, organization caddies on doors or photos on walls.
I love to hang up fun lights using Command hooks and my caddie saves me a lot of space and clutter!
When you need to find that favorite pen or pencil in your dorm room desk drawer, it can be challenging to sift through all the other items rolling around in your desk.
A drawer divider can keep each of those specific items organized and prevent them from rolling around each time you open and close the drawer. You will never have to waste time rummaging around in your desk again!
These drawer dividers have also saved me a lot of ot time during virtual classes. I don’t need to rummage around in my desk drawers to find things.
13. Desk Organizer
This must-have can organize the top of your desk. Papers, sticky notes and other objects that you usually keep on your dorm room desk tend to make your room look a bit cluttered if they are not kept straight.
A desk organizer reserves space for each item to keep them in their own place and leaves space on your desk for your computer and anything else you are working on.
Must Have Toiletries
Embroidered bath and hand towels are popular items this semester as students do what they can to keep track of their towels.
Having your name or monogram embroidered onto your towel set is a cheap way of preventing other students living in your dorm from confusing your generic towel with theirs.
This small way of personalizing your towels will save you from having to replace them after the awkward swap takes place in your dorm’s communal bathroom.
My towel set has lasted me a long time and has also definitely saved me from the confusion I may be confronted with, in the event that another student accidentally reached for mine instead of theirs.
Dorm halls usually have shared bathrooms at the end of each hallway and therefore require you to carry all your belongings with you to and from the showers.
Shower caddies and tote bags are your answer when it comes to carrying all your essential toiletries to and from your dorm room.
Don’t forget those flip-flops as you walk down the halls because they can protect you from the dirt and grime collecting on the dorm floors.
I have so many different kinds of soap, shampoo, scrubs, lotions, and so much more, that I can’t possibly carry all those items to the bathroom in one go.
I highly recommend you invest in this waterproof shower caddie!
16. A Warm Bathrobe
While walking to and from the bathroom down that long hallway in your dorm, it can be a nuisance to have to hold your towel around you with one hand and all your other belongings with the other.
A bathrobe can fix your lack of an extra arm by allowing you to free up your hand that you would usually use to hold up your towel. It also takes away the risk of losing your grip on your towel before you can get back to your dorm room!
I cannot say I have been one of those embraces students that have lost hold of their towel in the hallway, but I can say I have come dangerously close.
I appreciate the protection my robe provides from my soaking wet hair as well.
Must Have Decorations
Though you may have all the decorations you think you could ever need to make your dorm room one of a kind, there is a huge canvas that still needs to be used to make your dorm room stand out.
A blank wall that may take up one-sixth of your room needs to be covered! Easy-to-apply wallpaper can make wall decorating a quick, easy, and mess-free process.
If you want an even softer look than the wallpaper options, you could look into hanging a tapestry or posters to bring your dorm room to life.
I actually got tired of the weird zoom backgrounds and put up my own easy-peel wallpaper behind me so when I am in online class, I already have a background! I highly recommend you try this out! It is also easy to get off if you ever want a different background.
LED lights can add the finishing touch to any dorm room. They add soft lighting to set a relaxing mood and create a dainty aesthetic.
Though some colleges have restrictions on electric lights, they are usually more lenient with these smaller fairy string lights as they are seen to be less of a fire hazard. Check your college’s policies on dorm lighting just in case!
Many schools have policies against string lights, but if your school lets you hang them up in your room, I highly recommend you add them to your dorm room!
20. Mini Plants
Your dorm room may have all the comfy blankets and pillows it needs to fit your style, but it is missing the beautiful feeling of life.
Mini plants can bring that feeling of life to your dorm room! They can be a great way to get you up in the morning because you have to water them (even though they are easy to maintain).
It can also be an entertaining conversation to have with your peers if you come up with fun names for the plants.
Must Have Furniture
When your bed is just too comfortable to get out of in the morning before class, why not have a way to do your classwork while in bed?
Having a bedside shelf to place items such as cups and mugs can allow you to stay in bed longer. And having a lap desk can make it easier for you to spend more time in bed while you keep yourself accountable by getting your classwork done.
22. Mini Fridge
It can get old when you have to walk all the way to the dorm kitchen to get your leftovers from the dorm’s communal fridge.
What if others have taken your food by accident? With a mini-fridge in your dorm room, you don’t need to worry about your food mysteriously going missing.
Save yourself from that annoying trip all the way to and from the kitchen just for that pint of ice cream.
If you plan on spending a long period of time in your dorm room, having the access to food from your mini-fridge can be a life-saver!
Though there are many classes exclusively offered online at college this year, there are still opportunities for students to go out and dress up.
There is no way to check out your outfit or loungewear without a full-length mirror in your dorm room.
It is also a great way to take selfies of any new outfit or comfy look. This also had been a fun activity for my roommate and me to take friend photos in the mirror!
24. Fuzzy Area Rugs
Dorm rooms often have either hardwood or cold tile floors. This can put a damper on your comfy dorm room style.
A way to add more comfort to your dorm is by laying down a cozy rug.
The color, design, and shape of your rug can match the color scheme of your room and bring the entire design together!
25. Window Shades
The sun can be a pest in the morning when you are trying to sleep in until virtual class. None of us like being woken up early by the bright rays of the sun through our window.
Adding blackout window shades can increase your ability to sleep in and also bring your daytime movie game to the next level.
These window shades are easy to install and make all the difference when it comes to sleeping in.
Your dorm room may not have overhead lighting or enough lighting for reading and writing.
A desk lamp is a stylish and efficient way to light up your desk without having to move around the furniture in your dorm room.
My desk lamp makes it a lot easier to control the level of lighting in my room as well. If my roommate wants to sleep, I have the option to only have my desk lamp on.
Often, the light already installed in dorm rooms is not in the most ideal location, and it can make it hard to create the best setup. This original light also rarely has the option to dim it or brighten it.
Getting a tall lamp and placing it in a good spot with your favorite type of light bulb can be the most ideal lighting option.
I recommend this lamp because it is practical, but also has a nice lampshade that creates a subtle glow instead of harsh light like the ceiling light that comes with the room.
28. Small Trash Can
Most dorm rooms come furnished with a desk, chair, bed, and dresser but no trash bin. Therefore, many students end up with no good place to store trash in their dorm rooms.
Picking up a small trash can may avoid the chances of your trash just sitting in an old plastic bag on the floor for days.
You also won’t have to awkwardly walk down the hall to the communal trash bin every time you need to discard something.
29. Foldable Chair
Dorm rooms can feel cramped with all the extra decorations and other belongings. Therefore, anything that can be storable is a dorm room must-have.
A foldable chair can be used to accommodate a friend or family member while staying out of the way when not being used.
When the weather is nice enough to go outside, a foldable chair can be handy to take outside on the grass to hang out with friends.
30. Clip-on Light
These lights can be very helpful when you are lying in bed and need to read a book for class but don’t want to turn on your bright lamp in order to see.
Instead, you can clip this little light onto the top of your book, and it will illuminate just the right amount of the page!
This is a great alternative to having the bright light on in your room. Especially if your roommate wants to go to bed before you are done with your readings.
31. Mini Fan
Airflow is challenging when it is too cold to open the window to help circulate the air in your dorm room. A mini fan could do just the trick.
You can adjust the tile of this fan and can also be a cool and refreshing option in the next few months when the weather warms up.
Items You Will Be Thankful For
32. Portable Steamer
For those who tend to forget to fold their clothing or store clothes in bins where they get wrinkled easily, a portable steamer is a must-have for you.
They are small enough to take up minimal storage space and can save you from having to throw another load of clean yet wrinkled laundry into the wash again.
They are also very simple to use and don’t need any special liquid or any other products.
I love keeping my clothes in drawers and therefore, they end up wrinkled a lot. This portable steamer has been an amazing solution to all my wrinkled clothes and has helped keep my outfits looking fresh and professional.
It can be easy to quickly sweep dust to the side when cleaning your dorm room. If this is the case, a mini portable hand vacuum can easily become a dorm room necessity.
It comes with a small charging cord and creates a pleasant and easy vacuuming experience.
It can also get into small crevices so that there are no more dust balls rolling around on your floor under your bed.
My room is not cleaned by the cleaning crew in charge of the rest of my dorm, so having this vacuum cleaner to just use when I spill crumbs everywhere is a life-saver.
34. Power Strip
With all the electronic items you need to keep plugged in at all times in the modern day, a power strip will save you from having to charge only a few electronics at once.
This dorm must-have makes it possible to charge all your electronic devices at the same time! This power strip has 12 outlets and is a life-saver!
A long charger allows you to use your phone anywhere in your dorm room while it charges.
Some phone chargers don’t last very long because they get bent or fall apart, but this phone charger is well-made and lasts forever!
Living in a dorm can make cooking a challenging feat, especially while social distancing.
When dinner is going to be an instant mac and cheese bowl or leftovers from the night before, it may be worthwhile to get a microwavable dinnerware set to heat up those leftovers.
It could even save you the trip to the communal dorm kitchen if you have a mini-fridge to store leftovers in your room.
My college’s dining hall is only giving out plastic and paper materials and this microwave-safe dinnerware set has helped me store food in my room.
Having a mini-fridge to keep the food in has also really helped.
37. Snacks in Bulk
Snacks can seem like lifesavers if you need to get through a late night of studying or need a quick and easy pick-me-up.
Getting individual bags of chips from the vending machine can cost more than you think by the end of the semester.
But, if you buy your favorite snacks in bulk at the beginning of the semester, then you can end up saving a ton of cash in the long run!
Whether you prefer tea or coffee, both these drinks are dorm room must-haves when it comes to late-night studying sessions and early morning classes.
Keeping a water kettle in your room can open the door to a plethora of opportunities for study nights.
You can not only make a piping hot cup of tea, coffee, or hot cocoa, but you also have the option to make instant noodles or instant mac and cheese!
Dorm buildings usually require students to journey all the way to one laundry room in the basement of the building. Because it can be such a long journey to take your laundry, having an efficient way to carry it can be helpful.
A laundry basket or hamper can be the best way to make your laundry easy to maneuver to and from your dorm room.
I used to always have to take at least three trips to the laundry room and back to start the washing machine because I didn’t have a proper container such as this one to carry all my clothes in. Now I can do it all in one trip!
40. A Water Filter
Dorm buildings have only a few water fountains, and they can be a pain to walk to when you could just get water from the faucet.
No matter where you fill up your water bottle, using a water filter can make a huge difference in taste.
Also, if the better taste of water increases your water intake and overall hydration, then getting a water filter can be beneficial for your health.
Music can change your mood and motivate you to get school work done.
A Bluetooth speaker is a great way to add some fun into your busy day of online classes.
Though you may not be able to have friends over to hang out, the speaker can make it seem like your friends are with you if you project their voices from your phone or computer.
Water bottles and mugs are a great way to not only keep your drinks warm or cold but also to help the environment!
You will also save money in the long run that would have been spent on plastic water bottles throughout the semester.
This is a double-wall vacuum insulated Stainless steel portable mug that keeps your drink wherever temperature you wish. It really is everything you could ever wish for in a mug!
School Material Must Haves
If you are a student who forgets to do tasks or enjoys extra levels of organization, sticky notes may be for you!
They can be used to organize your notes, label different objects, and create tabs in books so you don’t lose your place.
Sticky notes come in many different colors and cute designs that you can use to match the rest of your dorm room.
Notebooks, binders, pens and so much more can be considered essential items when it comes to doing your best studying during this college semester. Therefore, getting the ideal school supplies can be considered a dorm must-have.
This school supplies kit is the most basic, but effective kit I have found! It has all your essential items that you could need during school and can set you up for success right at the beginning of classes!
It is important to keep all your assignments organized and on track in order to get each done before the due date has passed.
For those students who forget about assignments easily, a desk or wall calendar can be a dorm room must-have.
I am a visual learner and have found this desk calendar to be the perfect organizer for a busy student schedule!
Clothing can impact your level of comfort when sitting in virtual classes all day.
Keeping a set of comfortable loungewear to change into or wear all day can increase your level of comfort by a ton!
Just throw on a sweatshirt and comfy pants, and you can completely lift your overall mood!
Dorm buildings can be great places to get to know other students at your school, but they can also make it very challenging to focus on your studies.
This is especially true when the students in the dorm room next door play music loudly or make distracting noises. The noise-canceling headphones can give you the chance to focus no matter what is going on around you.
I tend to have a hard time concentrating when listening to catchy songs that I end up singing to instead of working on the assignment at hand.
I instead recommend listening to classical music when studying if you have a similar problem when studying.
Health And Safety Must Haves
There is nothing worse than living with a smelly roommate or dealing with a bad scent lingering in your dorm room.
Air freshener spray can solve this issue without hurting your roommate’s feelings or creating a hassle for you to get the odor out of your dorm room.
This spray can come in handy when you are planning on having a friend over for a movie night or Netflix and chill session and want your room to smell fresh and welcoming.
49. First-Aid Kit
A first-aid kit is something that you may need in scary situations. It could potentially be a lifesaver in some instances and is a good thing to have on hand.
Even if you don’t get injured very often, one of your friends could hold a record for getting hurt a lot or there could be a need for first aid that you can’t foresee.
I have found the most random times to use this kit, but it has always come in handy at some point during the semester. It comes with sanitation wipes and bandages of all shapes and sizes!
Life on campus looks a bit different in 2021 compared to past years because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Because of the importance of always having some sort of protective equipment on your person when out and about, these are must-haves in your dorm room as well.
If you are concerned about the air quality in your dorm room because of the connecting air vents running through the building, consider picking up an air purifier and a CleanseBot to rid your dorm room of germs in the air and on surfaces.
Stock up on washable or disposable face masks and personal care products such as hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.
It is hard to choose specific items that you need in your dorm room. Since your dorm room is a place where you spend a lot of time when at college, this comprehensive list will give you an idea of what you need!
Including these dorm room must haves can increase your productivity, boost your mood and create a positive place for you to hang out this semester. Good luck with your dorm room decorating, and good luck with your virtual courses!
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50 Best College Bags for Girls – The Ultimate 2021 Guide
Looking for the perfect backpack? You are in the right place. This amazing guide to college bags for girls will help you find the perfect bag for you.
Finding the perfect bag for college is not an easy task. There are many different kinds to choose from, making it a stressful experience to decide which bag is best for you.
Check out these college bags for girls for a better idea on what bag works, or looks, best for you!
In This Post:
- Best Overall Bags
- Affordable College Bags for Girls
- Stylish College Bags for Girls
- Customizable Bags for Girls
Best Overall Bags
North Face is well-known for its many products, but their backpacks are perfect for any college girl.
The Borealis backpack is big enough to fit all of your textbooks, your laptop and any other materials you might need for class.
There are multiple pockets available for organization, and make carrying your materials to and from class so much easier.
I can personally attest to this highly rated backpack as I’ve owned one since high school. It’s sturdy, holds all I need and comes in a variety of fun colors to choose from!
This backpack is highly rated for its lightweight material and multiple pockets for organization.
When you’re going to and from class, you want a bag that will fit everything you need without breaking your back, and this backpack is designed for just that.
I recommend this bag because it is decently priced, will fit all of your class materials and it’s also stylish!
This is a great college bag for girls. Not only is the bag plenty big for everything you need to hold, but its anti-theft zippers are also great for ensuring the safety of your belongings.
The zippers latch onto hooks on the bag, making it difficult for people to steal your belongings.
I recommend this college bag for girls because it brings a sense of security.
If you leave your bag for a second, you can trust it will be more difficult for someone to steal anything of importance you might have in your bag.
This backpack is the perfect college bag for girls that like to carry around something less traditional.
This bag serves the purpose of a regular backpack, while looking ten times more stylish.
It can fit your laptop and any notebooks you might bring to class, with two extra storage pockets in the front.
I recommend this backpack because it brings a fun twist to an essential item, with a price that isn’t too steep.
High Sierra is a pretty well-known brand when it comes to back to school shopping.
Their backpacks are the perfect size to fit everything you need without getting too bulky or heavy.
I recommend this brand because I’ve used their backpacks in the past and they have never failed!
Affordable College Bags For Girls
JanSport is a popular brand that is super affordable, but don’t let the low price fool you into thinking badly about their quality.
This backpack is a great college bag for girls because it’s lightweight and extremely durable.
I recommend this backpack because, from personal experience, it’s the perfect size for all of your school supplies, and then some!
Backpacks aren’t for everyone, which is why this canvas tote bag is a great college bag for girls who want another option.
It’s a great size for all of your belongings and could possibly be more comfortable to carry around, plus it’s trendy.
I recommend this bag for anyone who struggles with backpacks and wants another option that is just as useful.
A tote bag like this is big, inexpensive, and looks good with any outfit!
This backpack is a great option for college girls who like to pack lightly for class.
It is highly reviewed for its functionality and super lightweight feel, reducing the strain on your back as well.
I recommend this backpack because it is stylish and will make your commute to and from class much easier for a low price.
This Nike backpack is a great option for girls who like a simpler, sportier-looking backpack.
It has plenty of room for a laptop, notebooks and anything else you might need for class, at a reasonable price.
I recommend this as a good college bag for girls because it is a high-quality backpack for a low price.
10. Matein Backpack
This backpack is a great option for someone who likes to snack on the go. When you’re in college, schedules can often be hectic and time to eat can vary.
This backpack can fit all of your school supplies, while also having a separate compartment for any food you might want to store.
I recommend this bag because it is convenient for someone who likes to bring food to class without taking up all of the available space in their bag!
This convertible tote bag is the perfect affordable bag for any college girl to use.
It’s hard to determine whether or not a backpack or a tote is more comfortable to carry your things in for class.
Well, this bag is both! It has straps that allow you to carry it as a backpack or a tote bag whenever you want!
I recommend this bag because for a low price you’re basically getting a two-in-one deal! This bag is big enough for everything you need for class and even has a built-in charging port!
Messenger bags are a great option for people who don’t like to have the extra weight of textbooks on their backs.
This bag makes it easier to carry all of your belongings and looks great with any outfit!
I recommend this bag because it is a great choice for someone who likes to stray away from the conventional backpack. It is small, stylish and fits everything you need.
This Adidas backpack is a small, sleek option to carry your things. In college, a bulky backpack is not ideal, making this bag a perfect college bag for girls.
I recommend this bag because it will fit everything you need, has two pockets for water bottles and is a great price.
This large tote is a great college bag for girls who do not travel lightly.
It’s a great size for fitting all of your school supplies, but can also be used for other excursions.
I recommend this tote because it has designated compartments that make for easy organization and has padding to keep your laptop safe.
This affordable bag is a great college bag for girls with its cute and classic design, and it opens up to a great size for any busy college student with lots of supplies.
I recommend this bag because of its practicality, but it also has a unique feature that allows you to change the front pocket to match whatever you like.
16. Sling Backpack
A sling backpack is a great, inexpensive option for college girls. This design is a useful way to relieve the pressure from heavy textbooks from your shoulders and your back.
The USB port makes it easy to charge electronics on the go, which is a must-have for any college student.
I recommend this bag for college students who don’t travel with many big items to go to class, but still like to be prepared.
This Carhartt tote is a great option for college students who take a lot to classes with them. This bag is highly rated for its super sturdy design and high-quality feel.
I recommend this bag because it makes carrying your class materials easy and is a cute bag that won’t hurt your bank account.
This laptop bag is a great option for students who don’t plan on taking handwritten notes.
If you plan on primarily using your laptop to take notes in class, a laptop bag might be all you need for school.
I recommend this bag to students who mostly use their laptops because it forces you to only take the essentials, while keeping your laptop safe.
This affordable bag is perfect for college students who need a spacious, budget option to carry their belongings.
It is plentiful for anything you need on the go, and still looks high quality for a low price.
I recommend this bag to anyone who wants a stylish, cheap bag for all of their belongings.
This FILA backpack is another great option that performs like a high quality backpack for an affordable price.
It has compartments for everything you need, including water bottles, laptops and any other smaller accessories.
I recommend this backpack because it is spacious but has a small, sleek design.
Stylish College Bags For Girls
As you know, backpacks are not for everyone, which is why this is a perfect college bag for girls who want to carry their class materials in style.
This bag is nice and spacious for any laptop or notebooks you might be carrying around, and will look great on anyone’s arm.
I recommend this bag because it’s a durable, spacious option that is unique compared to other school bags… and it comes in multiple colors!
This vintage backpack is a great college bag for girls who like to change their style every once in a while.
Its sleek design, combined with spacious pockets and a USB charging port, make it a very useful bag for any college student.
I recommend this bag because it’s great for holding everything you need for class, but can also be used for other ventures without looking like your standard school backpack.
This briefcase is a super stylish college bag for girls.
It is a fun and unique way to carry your stuff to and from class, without worrying about a lack of space for your belongings.
I recommend this bag because it will fit everything you need for school, while looking very professional and sleek.
Plus, it comes in 9 colors to choose from!
24. Cluci Backpack
This stylish backpack is another option for college girls that is worth the price. It comes with everything a backpack should have, and looks super cute!
It comes in 25 different colors and is highly rated for its high-quality performance.
I recommend this backpack for anyone who prefers a backpack-style bag, but who doesn’t like how traditional school backpacks look.
This backpack is similar to the one pictured above, but has a few more features that the other doesn’t.
Although it looks similar, this backpack has more pockets for the organization of smaller items and is water repellent, which is perfect for college students who need to walk to class in the rain.
I recommend this backpack because it is a high-quality option for someone who prefers a backpack that is sleek and small.
This Lululemon tote is another great college bag for any girl. It’s large in size, has a drawstring top for easy access to your belongings, and is made of a water-repellent fabric.
I recommend this stylish bag to someone who has a more sporty, yet relaxed style. This bag is perfect for holding everything you need and making you look fashionable.
This tote is a great substitute for a backpack. It has a designated pocket for any size laptop, will keep all of your materials organized and is said to be extremely durable.
The removable strap also allows you to choose whichever option is more comfortable for you.
I recommend this backpack because it’s a great option for those who prefer carrying their school supplies on their shoulders rather than their backs.
It makes for easier, more comfortable transport.
This Lululemon tote is a great college bag for girls because of its large size and unique shape.
With this design, you can easily carry all of your materials to and from class, without the hassle of it being too big.
I recommend this bag for people who like to carry a lot with them to class.
This bag is also useful for people who might want to go to the gym before or after class.
It has room for extra clothes, shoes and a water bottle.
This laptop backpack is a super stylish option for anyone who enjoys a fancier backpack.
Its slim design is perfect for holding everything you need, while not appearing bulky or awkward.
I recommend this bag for college girls because of its functionality and classic look. It’s stylish, sleek and will hold the essentials any college student needs to take to class.
This laptop backpack is a super stylish option for anyone who enjoys a fancier backpack.
Its slim design is perfect for holding everything you need, while not appearing bulky or awkward.
I recommend this bag for college girls because of its functionality and classic look.
It’s stylish, sleek and will hold the essentials any college student needs to take to class.
This tote is another great option for those who prefer not to use a backpack to carry their things.
It has plenty of small pockets to fit things like your wallet, keys and cell phone and has a snap button top that allows for easy access to your belongings.
I recommend this bag because it’s the perfect size to hold all of your stuff and the material makes it easy to clean.
This backpack is the perfect stylish option for someone who enjoys a more elegant-looking bag. The vegan leather leaves for a more professional, sleek appearance.
I recommend this bag because it is a cute, unique style with plenty of space for everything you need.
This college bag is super stylish for any college girl. The sleek design and the crossbody style makes carrying your things easy, while keeping you looking chic.
I recommend this bag because it is highly reviewed for being cute, classy and practical!
This is a great college bag for girls because it adds an elegant twist to your average briefcase.
It looks like a normal purse, but has compartments for everything you’ll need for classes.
I recommend this bag because it is a classy, useful bag that will leave you looking professional and fashionable.
This backpack is a very popular option among many college students. It is stylish, minimalistic and holds everything you need without looking bulky.
I suggest this backpack because it is rated one of the best backpacks to get for school. It is durable, easy to clean and water-resistant.
Customizable College Bags For Girls
This customizable tote bag is a great college bag for girls.
The size is great for holding anything you might need and you can personalize it however you want. It comes with a removable strap and a low price!
I recommend this bag because it is a great way to add some of your personality to your school bag!
This monogram tote is another great way to let your personality shine through. They have great reviews for being durable, looking classic and holding everything you need.
I recommend this bag for someone who wants an original way to carry their school supplies around. It’s easy to carry around and has a smaller bag inside to keep any small belongings safe.
This college bag for girls is a unique customizable bag for your stuff.
It looks sleek and modern at first glance, but you can customize it by buying separate silicone push-ins.
I recommend this bag because it adds a fun twist on adding buttons to your bag.
It’s spacious and made of silicone materials that make it durable and more water-resistant.
39. Denim Backpack
This denim backpack is another stylish and unique customizable bag for college girls to use.
Not only is it a sturdy backpack, but it also comes with a variety of pins that will add some major personality to your bag.
I recommend this backpack because it has an affordable price tag, and you can consistently change your customizations by adding pins.
This LED backpack is probably the coolest college bag for girls that anyone could get.
It functions the way a normal backpack should, but you can change its appearance whenever and wherever you want.
You can present different messages or images all over campus.
I recommend this backpack simply because of how unique it is. It’s small, easy to set up new displays and is highly rated for its quality.
41. Canvas Tote Bag
This canvas tote bag is a fun way to explore your artistic side. You can easily customize this bag yourself with some fabric markers and extra creativity.
It’s a great way to show off your personality in any way you design.
I recommend this bag to anyone who enjoys creativity and likes to have fun with their fashion.
This backpack is a fun way to show you have school spirit. On the website, there are a variety of schools to choose from.
Find yours and proudly walk around campus with your custom school backpack.
I recommend this backpack idea because it’s a great and inexpensive way to show you have school pride.
A clear PVC backpack is another great bag option for people who want a customized bag that they can do themselves.
The plastic material leaves room for creativity, allowing you to paint, draw, or sew anything you want onto the bag.
I recommend this bag because it is a unique style backpack that will make going to class fun.
This pin trader backpack is a quick and easy way to customize your bag. You can easily add touches of your personality with pins of your choice.
Plus, it has designated pinholes to ensure you won’t ruin the fabric of your bag.
I recommend this bag for someone who packs lightly for class and wants a fun and easy way to personalize their bag.
This backpack is a great option for customizing your bag without running the risk of it looking cheesy.
It has an elegant, simple design that will make your bag stand out.
I recommend a bag like this because it allows you to be creative in a fun and simple way.
Final Thoughts on College Bags For Girls
As you can see, there are so many college bags for girls to choose from.
I hope this guide made it easier to find what style bag works best for you! Now go out there and strut your stuff with one of these awesome bags!
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70 Cheap and Fun Date Ideas for Teens
Having trouble thinking of date ideas? Check out these original date ideas for teens that won’t break the bank, but will have a big payoff in fun!
Dating can be intimidating, maybe it’s your first date, or you’re nervous about going out into the world after over a year of minimal social interaction, or maybe you just feel like you’ve run out of original ideas of how to spend time with that special someone.
Check out these original date ideas for teens that won’t break the bank, but will have a big payoff in fun!
In this post:
- First date ideas for teens
- Fun dates ideas for teens
- Cheap dates ideas for teens
- Cute date ideas for teens
First Date Ideas For Teens
All first dates come with their required amount of awkwardness, but here are some date ideas that may just be able to minimize some of the awkward – or at least make you have enough time to embrace it!
1. Mini Golf
Now, this is one of my personal favorites.
It has the right balance of giving you both something to do and to keep the conversation going, but it’s not too much work – nobody wants to get sweaty on a first date (at least I don’t).
It’s also one of the perfect dates to have a good laugh: bumping into mirrors, completely missing the ball, tripping on the course… you name it.
Mini golf is a great way to relieve some of that teenage first date stress and just have a good time!
Getting a coffee or a quick bite to eat is always a safe bet.
Picking a place you feel comfortable in already or a place you really love (*cough* Starbucks for me) is a good way to take away some of those normal teenage first date jitters.
There’s a reason why going out to eat is such a popular option, and that’s because it’s easy to worry about everything else going into a first date, so you may as well have a good meal too!
Really though, going out in public always helps some of the awkward first date conversations happen more naturally.
Another absolute favorite of mine – but that might just be because I’m competitive.
Going to an arcade means there’s never a dull moment, you’ll always have something to do if the conversation starts to lag and it’s honestly just an awesome time!
Like eating out, every teen movie features a first date that includes going to the movies simply because it’s fun!
For shy people, it’s a great way to spend time with your date and see what they’re like one on one without having to be talking every second.
Tip: try getting to the theater early or staying a bit after it’s over, take a little stroll, or just sit and talk.
Hopefully, conversation sparks itself, but if nothing else at least you have a movie to talk about!
5. Game Night
Whether you choose a board game or Head’s Up! from the app store, a game night at home is a very relaxed way to have fun.
Perhaps going to an arcade isn’t your jam, but you still want to have something to do – BOOM! Game night.
Maybe you’re nervous about other people being around all the teenage first date awkwardness, or maybe you just want to stay comfy at home, it’s all the fun without having to go out and pay for an arcade… and who doesn’t love a good board game?
These skates are perfect for a snowy first date in the winter or an indoor first date year-round, ice skating or rollerblading is bound for some laughs.
If one or both of you are new to skating, it’s a fun way to try something out of your comfort zone and have a good laugh. If you’re both pros, you can race each other. It’s a win-win in my book!
Get your own skates:
This one is kind of like going to the movies, but with a lot more standing.
There is nothing more fun than dancing around at a concert with someone you like, and it’s great for you and your date to bond over a common interest.
As the world starts to open back up more and more every day, keep your eye out for the perfect first date concerts!
8. Try Something Completely New For Both Of You
Going on a first date with someone is enough of an adventure, I know, but you could try going out of your comfort zone together!
This can be something as simple as trying a pottery or cooking class together, bowling for the first time, or going to a haunted house or ghost tour.
It’s easy to get creative with this, just start by asking “what’s something you’ve always wanted to try, but never have?” and go from there! It’s a great way to see what your date is interested in and will be a story you’ll never forget.
The best way to make sure you don’t just sit and stare at one another is by taking a little outdoor adventure like taking a walk, riding a bike, hiking, swimming, anything you want!
Get your own boots:
10. Go To An Escape Room
Now, this is one of my favorite ideas!
As a teenager, I was an absolute sucker for an escape room. They’re super fun, competitive, and a great way to get to know how someone acts under pressure right off the bat.
It makes for a great story whether you escape or not! Maybe even the person who finds the last clue chooses where to go for ice cream after!
Fun Date Ideas For Teens
11. Make Your Own Obstacle Course
Grab anything you can use around the house and put together your own obstacle course! It can be as easy or as hard as you choose, and it’s guaranteed to make you laugh.
If you’re inside, move the furniture around and make a little path, put some signs up throughout with activities like jumping jacks, or maybe you have to throw a ping-pong ball into a cup to pass that obstacle.
Make it super creative with whatever kinds of activities you both enjoy (or hate) and race to see who can finish it first!
For an outdoor obstacle course, it’s pretty much the same thing. You could carry a hard-boiled egg on a spoon to the finish line, or see who can make 20 baskets with a basketball and run to the end of the street the fastest.
Go try to find Nemo! Really, an aquarium is a lot of fun to explore.
Going to the aquarium is like learning, but not really, and it’s a cool way to learn more about something with your date!
To make it more of an adventure, you can research what kinds of cool fish you want to see and have a little self-made scavenger hunt.
You can also try to find fish that look like each other, which is absolutely hilarious!
13. Haunted Places
Research haunted locations in your town that have tours and go on some! If you can, explore them on your own… or if you’re too scared, like me, maybe just stick with the tours.
It’s a super cool way to learn more about places around you and, of course, you can cuddle up together when things get too scary.
14. Go To The Gym
Maybe you’re a super athletic couple or you just want to work on yourself but hate going to the gym alone (like me).
Going to the gym together can give you that little extra motivation to get up and get moving, but it’s also a super fun way to spend time together that’s different from the usual movie night.
Get your own gym clothes:
15. Sports Game
This is a super fun option because it’s a date where you can support your school, a favorite team, or maybe just go enjoy some time out together.
Find a sport or a team you’re both interested in, or just go enjoy some delicious arena food together!
My partner is a huge soccer fan and watching games with him has been a great way to experience something he loves.
Even if you aren’t super into sports, the energy at sports games is bound to be a good time.
16. Amusement Park
What says romance more than riding roller coasters until you feel sick? Really though, amusement parks are so much fun for a date.
If you aren’t into rides, there are plenty of games to play and prizes to win, because what teenager doesn’t want a giant stuffed bear or goldfish?
There’s nothing better than a good adventure date, and kayaking is just that!
Search up some local lakes or rivers you can kayak at together, usually, locations will have kayaks available to rent.
From there, you can take a little lunch to eat together, just make sure you have the right kind of bag like the one above to take with you to make sure your valuables are protected from the water.
18. Stand-up Show
Does your date have the best laugh in the world? Go to a stand-up show so you can hear it all evening!
Whether it’s a well-known comedian or someone trying to get their big break, a local stand-up show is bound to give you and your date a good laugh.
19. State Or National Park
Hike through a state park! There are usually tons of trails for beginners or advanced hikers, and you guys can spend the day at one with nature.
Google the kinds of plants or animals that are common in that area and then you can have a makeshift scavenger hunt along the way.
20. Go To The Fair
If you’re on a budget, fairs tend to be more lowkey and less expensive. Check out when your town is hosting a carnival and enjoy a night of rides, fried food, games and tons of fun.
My personal favorite ride is the Ferriswheel; it’s perfect for a full view of the fair and is absolutely beautiful during sunset!
Also, if you don’t get some kind of fried dessert, did you even go to the fair?
21. Play Video Games
I’m not sure if any other partner enjoys video games as much as mine does, but I can tell you that as soon as I sat down to (try) to learn how to play a game or two, I had a blast.
Whether you’re playing against each other or on the same team, your date will probably love teaching and making fun of you, and you will love learning how to do something they enjoy.
Highly recommend it!
22. 5-minute Crafts
Look up “5-minute crafts” on YouTube and watch people try the most ridiculous life hacks. Then, pick out a few and get the supplies to try them!
A lot of times you have everything you need right at home, and it’s hilarious how they turn out.
Or try your hand at some of the fun and unique craft kits there are on Amazon!
Get your own craft kit:
In my humble opinion, there is nothing cuter than a matching couple.
And no, not completely coordinated outfits or the shirts that say, “I’m with her,” but something a little more subtle.
Here’s a tie-dye kit you can get off Amazon and you can pick certain colors you want to use to make the shirt your own!
Then, once you’re done, you can go out together with your new matching shirt.
Get your own tie-dye kit:
24. Try The Other’s Favorite Hobby
For me, this means learning how to play soccer and my partner either reading or learning how to knit – I’ll let him choose.
Learning something that your partner enjoys can be an incredibly special way to spend time with the person you’re dating.
You can understand what makes them so special, and you might even gain a new hobby!
25. Build Legos
Because every teen has that little kid still in them that loves building Legos, why not do this with your special someone?
This is a Lego kit you could use to build your own little town, or whatever else you desire.
Get your own legos:
Maybe your inner child doesn’t like building Legos but loves the outdoors, head to a park together.
Hold hands while swinging, take turns going down the slide. Let your inner child run free together!
Here are some good couples’ game night packs you can find on Amazon! If none of these floats your boat, card games are another great option.
A game night is a relaxing, yet fun way for you and your date to spend time together… the person with the most consecutive wins picks the movie?
Get your own card game:
28. Hit Up A Local Pool
Mermaids! Just kidding… unless…
But really, going to the pool is another great way to spend time with that special someone.
Whether you’re someone who likes to get in and splash around or sit on the side with a good book, a pool date is a super fun way to get out of the house together.
Pinterest has a bunch of fun scavenger hunt lists, like the one above, for places like Target, Walmart, or the mall.
If you aren’t a fan of these, make your own list and spend the day roaming around a certain store or area in your hometown where the goal is to find everything on the list.
Head to a craft store and have each of you pick out your favorite type of fabric, whether it’s a solid color or a pattern, and get a couple of yards of each (I would ask an attendant how much exactly depending on how big you want the blanket to be).
Cheap Date Ideas For Teens
Odds are, in your teens you don’t have a bunch of money to be spending on special dates all the time.
Luckily, here are some cheaper options for dates that guarantee just as much, if not more, fun than expensive options.
31. Rock-paper-scissors Dinner
This is a super fun and inexpensive way to have a dinner date adventure.
Start each round by playing rock-paper-scissors; first-round winner picks appetizer, second-round winner chooses the main course, third-round winner decides dessert!
You can go as expensive/inexpensive as you want, and still have a fun time driving around and deciding where to go!
32. Paint Together
There are a bunch of cute painting tutorials on the internet, here is one of my personal favorites. Head to a local craft store or Target and pick up supplies.
I love to mess around with different colors as a way to show my personal style.
Make it even more special by giving each other the final product!
Get your own paint set:
33. Mall Fashion Show
Head to the mall and pick out outfits for each other at different stores!
It’s a great way to see if you know your date’s style, or to get them into something completely different, or just downright funny.
34. Thrift Shop
More inexpensive than a mall, a thrift shop! It’s crazy how many good finds there are at a local Goodwill or another thrift store. Go try on items you would’ve never thought you’d like.
Make sure you and your date don’t just look at clothes though, there are plenty of interesting little knick-knacks to sort through, too.
Bonus date: buy something, take it home and turn it into something else together!
35. Plan A Vacation
Let’s face it, while in your teens you probably won’t be going on a cool couple’s European vacation any time soon, but there’s no harm in looking around!
See what places you and your partner have on your to-do list and plan an entire trip.
It’s a super fun way to see what kinds of activities you’re both into when you’re in vacation mode.
Who knows, maybe you can even start saving up little by little until one day you really can go on that vacation!
36. Play “Would You Rather”
I know, this totally sounds like middle school.
But it really is fun! Picking out funny or ridiculous “would you rather” questions is an entertaining way to get to know the weirdest details about the person you’re dating.
You can also do this from anywhere… driving around, eating snacks on the couch, taking a walk. It’s like a date within a date.
I love a good list, and the only thing better than having one list? Having multiple.
Sit down with some fun colored paper, pencils, pens, markers and any other crafting material your heart desires, and start making different bucket lists.
Anything from relationship goals you want, certain dates you want to go on in the future, or even a list of shows you want to watch together.
This can be a great way to both have fun and think about the future together while also getting a bit more personal and sharing your goals with the person you’re seeing.
38. Build A Puzzle
What I love about this date is that it can be as intense or laid back as you want. Do you want to try to tackle a 1,000-piece puzzle, or maybe just stick to 100? Totally up to you!
Pick out a good playlist, break out the snacks and just spend time together.
Bonus points if you put your phones away for as long as it takes to finish it!
Get your own puzzle:
39. Find A New Favorite Show Together
Teens have a lot going on. From school, jobs, sports, family, friends… sometimes when you’re dating someone all you want is time to relax and to spend time with that person.
Finding a show you’re both interested in that you can set aside time to watch together is a great way to spend time with that person and to also just take a beat from your busy life.
Getting out into the great outdoors is a great date when you’re not wanting to spend a lot, or any, money.
Taking the time to get out, decompress and just talk with your date is a good way to just get away for a bit. Also, let’s face it, I’m a sucker for good couples-hiking pictures.
41. Run Errands That You Don’t Want To Do
This one might be a little more practical, but teens are busy! Maybe you have some running around to do but also just want to spend time with that special someone. Do both!
Hop in the car, run your errands, and maybe pick up a bite to eat when you’re done.
It might not seem like the most glamorous date, but who needs glamour when you’re with the person you’re crushin’ on?
Pretty self-explanatory… also pretty darn cute. Pick songs that make you smile, that remind you of them, hype songs, songs you even think they’ll hate to just have a good laugh.
I have a playlist with all the songs my boyfriend has ever shown me, and when we’re apart sometimes I’ll listen to it and remember all the times we listened to them together… it’s the date that keeps on going!
Make your own playlist:
43. Use That Playlist And Drive Around
Going off #12, as soon as you’re done with that playlist, drive around and experience it together!
That way when you listen to it when you’re not together, you can remember how cute or completely ridiculous your date looked while singing all the lyrics wrong.
A bit more general, but just as successful as a date! My go-to that I really want to try is bracelet making.
Amazon has some cute bracelet kits!
The point is, find something you both want to try and it’s a date you can do over and over again: trying something new together and mastering a new skill.
Get your own jewelry making kit:
45. Movie Marathon
Pick a series of movies like Harry Potter or Marvel (my personal favorite) and try to watch as many movies in that series in a day as you can.
A little pre-date can be getting all the necessary snacks to get you through the day.
If you’re not a big series fan, pick 4-5 movies that you either have or haven’t seen and watch them together! Just as much fun, with a little more decision-making.
46. Make A Fort
Want to have a lazy, rainy day? Grab a bunch of pillows, blankets, anything else you can get your hands on, and make a fort.
Cuddle up, tell stories and just laugh!
There’s a popular belief that you have to DO something on a date when sometimes the most fun thing to do with your partner is just with them, all cozied up and forgetting about responsibility for a bit… you might as well do that in a fort.
47. Write Each Other Letters For Future Events
As someone in a long-distance relationship, this is one of my favorite dates. It can be really special in the moment to look up at the person you’re dating and write what you want them to know in the future, whether you’re in person or not.
It also makes for a fun future date when you open the letters and read them… bring tissues.
I don’t know a single teen who doesn’t like to color, and if you say you don’t, you’re lying. What’s there not to like? It’s super fun and relaxing!
Grab some crayons and pick out a coloring book for each other. Maybe turn on that movie you picked to watch together, or that TV series you’re binge-watching, and color while you watch.
Bonus points if you finish the coloring book (eventually, maybe not all in one sitting) and give it to your partner!
Get your own coloring book:
This is another date that keeps on giving. Go to the store and pick out whatever kind of bin you like.
Go through your stuff and pick items that remind you of other dates, of your partner in general, or things about yourself that you want to look back on in the future.
Occasionally, come back to your capsule and spend a few hours adding to it.
Eventually, go through it together! Again, you might want to bring tissues.
We saved the cutest date ideas for last. Cute date. Cute animals.
You may even fall in love with an adorable animal and decide to take one home!
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Cute Date Ideas For Teens
These are the most Instagram-able dates on this list. The cute dates that make everyone else without a date feel super single.
51. Picnic Date
Put together a photo-worthy charcuterie board, or grab some fast food on the way, and find yourself a cute little spot in a park to set down a blanket and spend time together.
It can be as fancy or as low-key as you want, because at the end of the day, what matters is that you and your date are having a good time.
Have a fun time getting ready together and picking out each other’s outfits. Research some of the cutest places around you to take pictures and have a couple’s photoshoot.
It’s even more fun if you can get a friend to take the pictures of you, but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with self-timer pictures, too.
Bonus tip: take a video of you and your person together in different spots, doing different poses.
Once you’re home, go through and screenshot the best poses and BOOM! Couples’ photoshoot complete!
53. Go To An Orchard
This might be more of a seasonal thing, but orchards in the fall are so beautiful. In the fall, go to a pumpkin patch and pick out ones to carve.
Maybe get a nice warm cup of apple cider and go on a hayride. It’s incredibly cute and definitely a memorable time for you and your date.
54. Art Museum
Feeling a bit classy?
Check out an art museum in your city! Also, look out for discounts or free passes for students, some art museums know teens can’t spend a bunch of money on a ticket.
Roam around and explore different kinds of art, maybe even take some pictures of each other imitating some pieces, because if you don’t do that… Did you even go to an art museum?
Channel your inner Great British Baking Show skills and make some cookies, brownies, a cake, a pie, literally anything your heart desires!
Pinterest has some sweet and simple recipes, and you can spend time decorating together, too.
The best part is you get to eat your treats afterward! A cute date and dessert? Can’t get better than that.
Grab a blanket and find somewhere with a good view to watch the sunset. Pick up a pizza on the way and enjoy watching the colors of the sky change right before your eyes.
If you’re feeling bold and aren’t grumpy in the mornings, head out super early, pick up some breakfast and watch the sunrise!
The same beautiful view, and it definitely calls for a nice afternoon nap later on.
57. Tour Guide Of Your Favorite Places
Whether your favorite place is your hometown, a town 10 miles away, or the library down the street, take your date to one of your favorite spots and be their tour guide.
I loved showing my partner around my hometown, saying, “That’s my favorite restaurant, that’s a park where I sat and ate donuts.”
It’s a fun way to show your date a piece of you, and you can take turns being each other’s tour guides!
Bonus point if you walk backward like college tour guides around a campus!
58. Mini Road Trip
While a cross-country road trip sounds like fun, it might not be the most feasible.
Pick out a place an hour or two away from home that the both of you have never been to and go exploring.
Take some snacks, make a cute playlist and jam out the whole way there.
You can make a bucket list of things you want to see or do while you’re there, so you know you aren’t missing anything!
Grab a blanket and just lay down and look at the sky together. It’s incredible the kind of piece you can feel when you’re just looking at the stars.
Take turns finding constellations, and if you’re like me and can never find them, look up a constellations guide to help you out!
60. Botanical Garden
Kind of like the orchards, but a more fun, seasonal spring date. Get dressed up and find flowers that remind you of each other!
61. Drive-in Movie
Find a couple of blankets and some snacks and settle in at a drive-in movie. It’s all the fun of a movie night with a hint of cute-couple-adventure!
Even though most people love a good carry-out pizza favorite, try making your own!
Definitely big bonus points if you try to make your own dough, but you can always pick some up at the store if that’s more your style.
Pick out a bunch of different toppings, experiment with different combinations and have an entire pizza night feast with a good movie!
63. Spa Day/Night
If you can do a spa day at a professional location, that’s incredible! If you’re like me, and most teens, though, that’s a little bit too expensive.
Luckily for us, Amazon has these cute kits you can buy to have an at home spa day!
You can personalize it as much as you want, maybe even pick out some nail polish to paint your nails, or a hair mask if you’re feeling fancy. Just remember, cucumbers on the eyes are a must.
Get your own spa kit:
64. “Reminds You Of Each Other” Shopping Spree
This is one of my favorite ideas. Pick a bunch of different categories like favorite food, color, drink, something soft, something weird, a toy… you choose!
Then, head to the store and split up and buy something that reminds you of your date for each of those categories.
Make sure you check out at different times and hide everything in bags, and then once you get home you can show what you got for each other!
Head to a local plant shop and find something you both think is beautiful- a tree, flower, bush, you decide.
Find a place where you can plant it together, maybe even try to have it be somewhere that is meaningful to you both.
Then, it becomes a place you can always go back to and watch the plant grow.
66. Portraits Of Each Other
Check out this drawing kit and consider having a little friendly drawing competition.
As someone who can’t draw at all, it’s a hilarious way to show off your (perhaps lack of) drawing skills and be silly together.
67. Chopped, At-home Edition
Pick either appetizer or main course and dessert, or all three if you’re really feeling bold, and decide who is going to cook each meal.
Then, head to the store to get ingredients for the other person. That person has an hour (or more if you need it, it really doesn’t have to be intense) to cook their meal for two using those ingredients.
68. Go To A Nice Dinner Together
If you’re able to set some money aside over time, go out to a nice dinner together to relax and treat yourself after a stressful week!
You can share appetizers and/or your meals, and just enjoy some intimate time together doing something special.
Taking time to treat yourself as a couple is a huge part in making sure you have things to look forward to, no matter how big or small the date is.
69. Motorized Scooters
Rent a motorized scooter in your city and ride around on them! It can be super fun to act as a tourist in your own city, especially when you do it on a scooter.
Race each other, make laps around a park and just let loose for a bit.
If you can get your hands on a projector, that’s great! If not, a laptop works perfectly!
Pick a movie, grab some cozy blankets, probably some bug spray and enjoy a movie while out under the stars!
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Dating is hard for everyone, but especially teenagers when you don’t know what to do or don’t have a lot of spending money.
These dates are customizable to fit you and your date in a way that’ll push you to try new things!
Whether it’s a date off this list or a variation of them, what matters is that you’re spending time with someone you care about and having a good time together.
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30 Most Useful Dorm Room Ideas for Guys-The Complete 2021 Guide
Whether your move-in date is around the corner or it’s months ahead, we rounded up the most useful dorm ideas for guys!
Whether your move-in date is around the corner or it’s months ahead, planning what dorm room essentials to bring and what your dorm should look like can be an arduous task.
There are many factors to consider, such as how you can make a space — that is both practical and fun — your own for a couple of semesters.
Have no fear, I rounded up the best 30 dorm room ideas for guys which can make any room reflect the fun, bold and collegiate person that you are.
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Dorm Room Essentials for Guys
1. Get Rid of The New Dorm Smell with this Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser
When you first enter your dorm room, it’ll likely smell brand new.
Sometimes the scent will be to your liking, but most of the time it will smell of a space that has been uninhabited for however many months.
So, the first essential dorm room idea for guys is an essential oil diffuser.
Essential oil diffusers are everyone’s best friend when it comes to brightening up a room as a decoration, and of course, makes a space smell fantastic.
The first time I moved into my dorm I immediately set up my essential oil diffuser to remove the smell and make the space my own!
I highly recommend this ceramic essential oil diffuser from J.Crew. Its sleek design is the perfect decoration for any dorm room, and more importantly, it produces a steady mist that helps purify the air.
2. No More Late Night Runs to Print Shops with this HP Officejet 200 Portable Printer
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Another dorm room idea for guys is to have a portable printer inside their dorm room.
It’s essential for everyone moving into a dorm to have something to print their papers, lab works, identifications, etc. on because at times it’s hard to find the closest print shop, especially if you have a hard copy of something due the next class meeting.
This HP Officejet portable and wireless printer is perfect for any dorm room because it doesn’t take up too much space and no wires are required.
With a portable printer, you can stop worrying about finding the closest printer to you and you can get that extra hour of sleep.
3. Hold All of your Bathroom Necessities with this Discreet Shower Caddy
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More often than not, your dorm will have a communal bathroom where students from each floor or suite share.
With this discreet shower caddy, you can save yourself the embarrassment of exposing all your private shower items in a communal bathroom.
Not only is it a good addition to any dorm room because of its tote-like appearance, but it also holds everything that you’ll need to take a shower.
You can either add the caddy inside your closet or hang it by your door so it’s always available when needed.
I absolutely love that this caddy comes with a mirror and a 3 number combination lock to protect your things.
4. Get Your Everyday Hot Drink Boost in Your Room with this Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker
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If you love coffee like most college students then this mini, single-cup coffee maker is a must-add-to-cart dorm room essential.
I love adding a single-cup coffee maker to my desk, it feels homier and I can immediately get a drink instead of buying coffee on campus.
I recommend placing it near an outlet so you can plug it in and have it ready to use.
5. A First Aid Kit is a must
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It’s never a bad idea to be prepared for any kind of emergency, and nothing says you're ready more than this first aid kit.
Its small size will fit anywhere including your desk drawers but can still fit 299 pieces of first aid supplies- band-aids always come in handy!
Personally, I would place this in an area I use often so I can remember where I placed the kit.
This dorm room idea is important because safety should always come first.
6. You Can Never Have Too Many Power Outlets. This Mifaso 2 Pack Power Strip with 6 Outlets is Life Saver
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One thing I noticed about dorm rooms is that there are never enough outlets.
So, this next dorm room idea for guys is a reminder to purchase your power outlets in advance depending on how many you think you will need.
If your college is in a relatively hot area, should you be considering plugging in a fan for that extra cooling?
I suggest that you get an estimate of the things you need power outlets for and buy from there.
I love how this Amazon product comes in two because, as I said, you can never have too many power outlets.
If you have a game cube or music device that needs to be connected to a good power source, this is the perfect outlet!
7. Turn Your Dorm Room Into a Workout Area with the Nike Push-Up Grip
Sometimes going to the gym is a challenge due to the distance or maybe you just don’t feel like going to the gym at all.
Nike push-up grips are the perfect solution that you can store under your bed, in your closet, or by your door.
It’s easy to access and there is no installation required so you can skip the walking to the gym part and go straight to doing your push-ups.
This dorm room idea is perfect for anyone who’s starting to add a workout routine to their everyday lives or for those with active lifestyles that like to have easy access to workout equipment.
I would definitely recommend storing this where you can see it so you don’t forget!
8. Towels are Always Needed so This Cotton Towel Collection are a Must
Simply Essential™ Cotton Bath Towel Collection
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One thing I’d recommend as a dorm room idea for guys is to have a towel collection in their rooms.
The same way there is no such thing as too many outlets, you want to have towels you can replace right away whenever one gets dirty, so you don't have to worry about doing laundry every week, especially when you have a lot on your plate.
This collection from Bed Bath & Beyond is easily storable in any closet space or even your under-the-bed drawers if your university provides them.
I love that there are different sizes of the towel because it can be used for different things!
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If take-outs aren’t doing the job of satisfying your tastebuds anymore, then this dorm room item idea is for you.
A mini air fryer is the perfect addition to any room, especially if your goal is to eat out less and cook food in your dorm that you know you’ll like.
An air fryer is perfect for almost any recipe you can think of, and I love that it’s mini and easy to clean.
You don’t have to clean pots and the stove because using the air fryer will save you a trip from the communal kitchen and have food ready in the comfort of your room. There are also different colors to choose from!
Find one that you know will brighten your room and add character to your space.
10. Bamboo Lap Desk
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Another dorm room essential is a lap desk.
Sometimes it’s hard to work at your desk and you need the comfort of your bed, or perhaps you don’t have a desk at all, but you can get by with a lap desk!
I love the bamboo detail, especially if you are looking for something that can function as decoration as well.
One dorm room organization idea for guys is a bedside caddy.
This caddy is where you’ll put things that you want to reach immediately like phone chargers, pen and paper, laptops and tablets.
Having a bedside caddy is an efficient way to save space and to have an organized place where you can find the things you need.
I love that there are 14 large pockets in this caddy because it means it offers much more storage! I can definitely place laptops and notebooks in this caddy.
13. No More Rogue Pens and Pencils with this Multifuncional Desk Organizer
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If you want your desk clean then this desk organizer is for you.
Having a desk organizer where you can put your pens and pencils, index cards, sticky notes, etc. is perfect to keep your desk clean so your study sessions can go smoothly.
Having an organized desk can take up some of your focus time, so a desk organizer is a must. I like how you can also put your phone in this organizer.
If you are a fan of the Pomodoro technique then you can set your phone as a timer and place it on the organizer.
14. Maximize Your Closet Space with this Space Saving Clothes Hangers
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One major idea to consider when setting up your dorm room is to maximize your closet space.
You do not want to run out of closet space, especially if you are like me and own too many clothes to count.
These hangers allow you to have that extra space in your closet by extending downwards instead of horizontally.
I love that the hangers can hold so many of my clothes and that the pack comes with eight hangers.
15. Maximize Your Bed Space with these Underbed Storage Bags
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Usually, you will get a twin XL in your dorm room, but one essential dorm room idea is to maximize your bed storage. In a dorm room, you need to use your space in creative ways to store all of your things.
A storage bag under your bed will help you store things without getting them dirty. With this storage bag, you can put away shoes, more school supplies, clothes and more.
The possibilities are endless but you must make use of the space given to you.
I love that the product is big enough for almost any item and that it comes in different colors so I can match it with my dorm aesthetics.
16. Don’t Ruin Your Clothes with these awesome ORG Slim Grips Hangers
Slim Grips Suit Hangers
You don’t want a wrinkled shirt on your next job or internship interview so another dorm room idea is to have hangers with grips.
These hangers keep your suits and your dress shirts in shape while the grips keep it in place so you don’t have to worry about any wrinkles.
These hangers can be stored alongside your magic closet space saver hangers mentioned above.
I like that it comes in a set of fifty because I wouldn’t have to worry about running out of these hangers.
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Like mentioned incessantly above, a dorm room idea is to maximize the space given to you.
Most guys, including myself, own a lot of shoes and it would be fantastic to know where to store them.
One great item and a perfect addition to any dorm room is this over-the-door shoe organizer! You can hang it by the door and place your shoes inside.
It’s the perfect way to save space in your dorm room.
I love that it’s boxed-shaped and crystal clear, that way I can see what shoes I want to wear for the day.
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If you want your drawers as organized as your desk then this dorm room idea is perfect for you.
Drawer organizers are essential to keeping your drawers free from clutter.
The honeycomb shape allows you to store as many items in each shape and it’s a perfect design to separate and organize things to your liking.
I really recommend the shape of this drawer organizer because it really gives you the chance to organize pins to sticky notes to pennies collected in laundry!
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Another dorm room idea for guys is to buy command strip hooks!
They are multifunctional if you need more space for clothes, if you want to hang your hats, or if you are setting up lights in your room.
This product is definitely an all-around perfect item for any use you might have.
The color will blend to any room aesthetics and it will not disrupt any vibe you are going for.
I also love that it’s a stick-on so that you can avoid using hammers or making holes in the wall.
20. No More Lost Socks or Stolen Clothes with this Embroidered Name Laundry Bag
One pit of the college dorming experience is the lost or stolen clothes during laundry day.
So, this dorm room idea for guys is to have an embroidered laundry bag.
A laundry bag with your name on it can save you a lot of trouble from the mix up of whose clothes are whose.
I would recommend placing this near the door or inside the closet where you can put your dirty clothes easily.
Nothing says personalized more than an embroidered laundry bag.
Cool Ways to Decorate Your Room for Guys
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Adding strip lights to your room is an easy way to instantly personalize your space, so this is one of the many dorm room ideas for guys that I recommend.
Strip lights can set the mood for anything from hangouts, to study sessions, to even romance.
The different colors can be used depending on what you feel is right at the moment.
You can choose between 16-feet or 32-feet strips, so make sure you measure wisely.
The lights also come with a remote to easily change the lights and even create custom colors.
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Be the coolest room in your floor or suite with this mounted basketball hoop!
If you want to kill time or have friends over for a mini basketball game then this is the perfect addition to your dorm room.
The hoop is foam-padded so it can easily mount on doors and it comes with a basketball.
I love that it mounts on the door because you can really maximize your dorm room space with it.
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One way to decorate your dorm room is to put these stick-on acrylic mirrors on your wall.
This sticker decal also conserves the space in your dorm room by avoiding the need to buy a full-length mirror.
Plus, its geometric shape makes for a cool decoration in your room. I love the hexagonal shapes because I can create my own style with it.
Laundry days shouldn’t be boring! This dorm room idea for guys makes dirty clothes fun with this slam dunk laundry basket.
You can keep score when you slam dunk your dirty clothes into the pile.
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If strip lights aren’t enough, then illuminate your dorm room more by adding this trendy sunset lamp projector.
It can be your dorm room’s art piece because its colors mimic the works of James Turrell.
I like how it comes with four different color projections, that way you can set it depending on whatever you are feeling that day. This projector will surely make any dorm room the coolest!
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Another dorm room idea for guys is to have a wall mounted Connect 4. It’s the perfect addition to a cool dorm room and it’s handy to kill time with.
The piece will surely be a conversation starter and is perfect if you are trying to make new friends.
Plus, it is easy to install, just mount it on your dorm room wall and voila!
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If you want more space where you can relax after a long day, then adding more furniture is the perfect dorm room idea for you.
Sometimes dorm rooms will only offer a bed and a desk but nothing beyond that so it would be nice if you can add a little area where you can sit and enjoy the rest of your day.
This hanging hammock is the perfect addition to any dorm room.
I definitely would add this hammock to my dorm because it looks so comfortable and it’s easy to install.
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If you don’t want to stick with the plain walls that your dorm room has, then adding a tapestry to your wall is the idea for you.
Adding tapestry to your walls can make the room so much brighter and interesting to look at.
There are tons of tapestries to choose from to fit your liking, but I recommend this great wave tapestry because it reminds me of the beach and it’s calming
29. Have a TV
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If you really want a cool way to decorate your dorm room then you should add a TV to it.
This dorm room idea for guys is the perfect way to make your dorm room really feel like home.
Nothing says your living room more than a TV where you can watch your favorite comfort shows.
With a smart TV, you don’t need to hassle with all the cables and you can access streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, etc.
30. No Tools Mirror
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Another cool dorm room idea for guys is to install this no-tools mirror in your dorm room. A mirror makes a small space even bigger and this will be a perfect addition to your room.
It can also help you plan what you wear for the day or help you decide if you look business casual enough for your consulting club interview.
I love that the mirror requires no tools to install, making it a convenient choice for us busy college students.
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Final Thoughts on Drom Room Ideas for Guys
Now that you have dorm room ideas for guys in mind, you can start making your dorm room your own!
Make sure everything is to your liking because you want a space that will bring you comfort and that will support you when the pressure of college starts to kick in.
You want a space that feels like a place where you can study, relax and entertain yourself.
There are a lot of things you need in your dorm room and it takes careful planning on what to bring, but make sure you also consider dorm room ideas and items that make you the happiest!
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