It’s an exciting time to start your freshman year of college. It is also bittersweet for parents. For both, it can be hard transporting one’s life into a dorm room. What should you bring? What do you need? As this new chapter begins, Cape Ace Hardware has compiled a list of handy dorm room essentials that will make the transition a bit easier. We also would like to congratulate all the Broadneck High School graduates that are starting their new adventures to college this year!

For the Dorm Room

  • Clip on Lamps (you can move it anywhere)
  • Alarm Clock (In case your phone dies, trust us on this one.)
  • Mini Trash Can
  • Storage Bins (Especially under-the-bed)
  • Table Fan
  • Bulletin Board and Push Pins
  • Dry-Erase Wall Calendar
  • Mini Toolkit
  • Stick-on Picture Hangers

Personal Necessities

  • Sheets and Pillowcases (2 sets)
  • 2-5 Towels Sets (Consider getting them monogrammed)
  • Pillows (2)
  • Mattress Pad or Egg Crate Pad (check with college for size needed)
  • Throw Blankets (2)
  • Comforter/Bedspread
  • Clothes Hangers
  • Laundry Bag/Basket
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Lint Brush
  • Mini Sewing Kit
  • Shower Caddy


  • Laptop
  • Portable Bluetooth Speakers
  • HDMI Cord
  • Surge Protector
  • Small Extension Cord
  • Headphones
  • Microwave or Toaster Oven

Household Items

  • Paper Towels
  • Trash Bags
  • Lightbulbs
  • All-purpose Cleaner
  • Plastic Zip Top storage Bags
  • Food-Storage Containers
  • Dish Soap
  • Disinfectant Wet Wipes
  • Tissues
  • Plastic Bowl, Plates, and Cups
  • Travel Size Coffee Mug (this will come in handy)
  • Reusable Water Bottle (saves money, plus we have so many unique Tervis Tumbler designs)
  • Silverware
  • Can/Bottle Opener
  • Dustbuster
  • Mini Broom/Dustpan
  • Air Disinfectant Spray
  • Poo~Pouri (seriously, your roommate will thank you)
Your Cape Ace is the Place for all your dorm room essentials. Stop in today. You will be surprised by how many items you can cross off the list. We also have interesting tchotchkes that will help with homesickness. Another reason Cape Ace is the best hardware store in Annapolis.