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11 Dorm Essentials For a Healthy College Life

Shopping for college is exciting and overwhelming. There's so much to consider, but don't forget the healthy essentials! If you're committed to staying fit, happy, and healthy in your dorm, these picks deserve a place on that long packing list.

  • Trigger Point Grid Foam Roller ($41): After working out regularly and running around campus, your sore muscles will appreciate the extra love that comes from rolling them out. Even better, this small roller won't take up too much space in your dorm!
  • Tone Fitness Jump Rope ($10): Jumping rope might seem like a childish pastime, but it's a good way to get a quick boost of cardio. This inexpensive but high-quality jump rope is a fitness item you should have on hand.
  • Sweat, Smile, & Repeat Poster ($17): Motivate yourself to work out regularly with this cute and simple workout poster. Hang it in front of your bed, so you will be inspired to get up and make moves; no hitting snooze for this fit student!
  • Floral Eye Mask ($12): Sleep is always precious, but it's especially important in college. You might be guilty snoozing midday, but afternoon naps can improve your right-brain function, the side responsible for creativity and long-term memory. Keep out the sun with this comfortable and stylish eye mask. This mask will also prove to be essential if your roommate is a bit of a night owl.
  • HDE Mini Desk Light ($23): If you need to stay up late reading, but your roommate has already turned off the lights for the night, you'll be glad this small but powerful portable LED light is charged up and ready to help.
  • Kikkerland Retro Alarm Clock ($15): We're all reliant on smartphones these days, but don't leave anything up to chance. Cover yourself double time with this old-school alarm clock. This way, you'll never oversleep and miss an important class (or worse, an exam!)
  • Valeo Hand Weights ($33): There's nothing easier than grabbing a pair of dumbbells and moving through some strength training exercises in your dorm. Misplaced items are a common theme in college life, but the bright red hue of these eight-pound weights will make them stand out amongst the clutter.
  • Lysol Wipes ($7): Having disinfectant wipes handy is a quick way to clean dirty surfaces and keep dorm room germs at bay. Trust us on this one; just have these ready to go.
  • Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 DVD ($15): This kick-ass Jillian Michaels DVD offers four 24-minute workouts based on Jillian's 3-2-1 interval system: three minutes of strength, two minutes of cardio, and one minute of abs. When you're pressed for time and you only have a half hour to spare, you'll be glad you have this DVD waiting for you.
  • Billabong Strand Side Flip Flop ($18): Unless you're lucky enough to be attending college where there are clean, private bathrooms, a pair of rubber flip-flops is an absolute necessity. The last thing you need to worry about is athlete's foot from dirty shower stalls.
  • prAna Eco Mat ($48): Unless you're a serious yogi, there's no need to go overboard with an expensive mat. This pick from prAna is easy to clean, comes in a slew of bright colors, and can do double-duty as a basic exercise mat or comfortable place to stretch.
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