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Back-to-school dorm room essentials

Packing for college doesn't have to be stressful. Here are 17 things you shouldn't forget for your back-to-school checklist.

Vietnamese coffee maker

This small, retro-style stainless steel Vietnamese coffee maker
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This small, retro-style stainless steel Vietnamese coffee maker turns coarsely ground beans into freshly brewed coffee in its own little cup. It's only 4.5 inches high, and comes with a tamper; $30 at kikkerland.com

Hangit Frame

Display all your favorite small art with the
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Display all your favorite small art with the Hangit wall frame, designed by Paul Loebach and Sung Wook Park. The frame comes in natural, black, white or mint, and it features five rows of twine and 40 clips; $20 at umbra.com  

Portable Bluetooth speaker

Take your tunes wherever you go with this
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Take your tunes wherever you go with this rechargeable, portable Bluetooth speaker. The tiny 3.5-inch-high speaker offers 10 hours of playback time for each charge, and it's also completely adorable; $60 at katespade.com

Soft-sided storage boxes

Find a place for everything with these cotton/linen/polyester
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Find a place for everything with these cotton/linen/polyester storage boxes. Available in nine different sizes, with lids and without, they're perfect for storing everything that needs to be tucked away. From $12 to $28 at muji.us/store

Wood Butterfly Chair

Surprisingly elegant and easy to convert from a
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Surprisingly elegant and easy to convert from a foldable chair into a permanent seating solution, the Wood Butterfly Chair in Black by Room Essentials is made from beechwood and features decorative hardware. The seat is made from cushioned linen, and attaches with straps; $69.99 at target.com and Target stores.

Sneaker beanbag

Take something fun to school with you with
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Take something fun to school with you with a giant sneaker beanbag. The 2-foot-wide chair is small enough for dorm rooms and is filled with expanded polystyrene beads. The cover is made of polyester; $60 at wowworksnyc.com  

Studio 3B 4-Piece USB Bed Lift Set

Solve two problems at once. The Studio 3B
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Solve two problems at once. The Studio 3B 4-Piece USB Bed Lift Set raises any bed 7 inches off the ground to free up under-bed storage space, and one of the lifts features two 110-volt 15-amp grounded power outlets plus two USB 5-volt DC outlets. A 6-foot cord easily reaches the nearest outlet; $29.99 at bedbathandbeyond.com and Bed Bath & Beyond stores.

Wood Sphere Push Pins

Make a point of pinning all your best
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Make a point of pinning all your best ideas with high-design spherical wood pushpins. The pins even come in a reusable wood box; $5 for a set of 20 at ubrands.com 

Steamer

Bring a mini steamer that won't take up
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Bring a mini steamer that won't take up much space and will remove last minute wrinkles; $19.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond

First aid kit

Always have a first aid kit handy for
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Always have a first aid kit handy for any emergencies that may arise; $14.92 at Amazon

Tile Mate

Tile Mate includes a Bluetooth system to help
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Tile Mate includes a Bluetooth system to help track important items, and loops into a keychain to easily attach to just about anything; $24.99 at amazon.com

Cordless Hand Vacuum

There's no room for a full-sized vacuum in
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There's no room for a full-sized vacuum in a small space. This Cordless Hand Vacuum is the perfect solution. It has a crevice tool for tight spots and a flip-up brush for upholstery. From $34.99 to $59.99; visit blackanddecker.com to find retailers.  

Lasko 20 in. Power Plus Box Fan

The summer months can get hot, so your
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The summer months can get hot, so your best bet is to keep cool with a Lasko fan in your dorm room. The 20 in. Power Plus Box Fan has 3 speeds and is a perfect fit for a window or on the floor use; $39.98 at homedepot.com

Dinnerware set

Keep an assortment of dinnerware in your dorm
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Keep an assortment of dinnerware in your dorm room, for those days when you're too lazy to walk to the cafeteria; $16.50 at amazon.com

Command strips

If you're planning to decorate your dorm, don't
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If you're planning to decorate your dorm, don't forget to pack décor essentials to hang things such as picture frames and posters on the wall; $3.29 at Target

Airbed mattress

This is a must-have accessory when guests come
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This is a must-have accessory when guests come to visit; $45.51 at walmart.com

Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM portable Bluetooth speaker

Whether you're taking a shower or lounging in
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Whether you're taking a shower or lounging in your dorm room, play music safely anywhere and anytime with this Bluetooth speakers; $79.99 at bestbuy.com.

Roku

Watch all your favorite streaming shows and movies
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Watch all your favorite streaming shows and movies with Roku; $29.99 at bestbuy.com.

Tide laundry bundle

Reduce the stress of doing your laundry by
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Reduce the stress of doing your laundry by bringing all the essentials with you; $31.34 at Amazon

Power strip

Keep all your devices charged and ready to
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Keep all your devices charged and ready to use with a power strip; $5.29 at target.com

Adjustable Temperature Kettle

HOT ENOUGH FOR YOU? It's just not college
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HOT ENOUGH FOR YOU? It's just not college without lots of coffee and instant noodles. Make all the hot water you need with this Clarity Adjustable Temperature Kettle. The clever design allows you to set any temperature between 170 degrees and 212 degrees, and the cordless carafe will keep the temperature steady for up to 30 minutes; $99.99 at oxo.com 

Fakeface 4 Pocket Mattress Holder

You can never have enough storage space for
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You can never have enough storage space for all your belongings including pockets for your cell phone, notebook, iPad and more; $11.98 at amazon.com

Rain gear

Avoid getting soaked in the rain by stocking
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Avoid getting soaked in the rain by stocking up on necessary wet-weather gear, such as a rain jacket and umbrella; $99.00-$119.00 at The North Face; $19.99 at Target

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