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Dorm Room Groceries: The Essentials

Written by Christine Rees

What food should you buy for your dorm room? That’s the ultimate question, isn’t it? Food is one of the most important things you’ll need to pack, so you don’t have to eat fast food and take-out all the time. But what is essential for dorm room groceries? What do you absolutely NEED?


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You need the right fuel when you first wake up. So, make sure you have the right stuff available bright and early in the morning. Certainly, these ideas will keep you functioning:

  • Juice

  • Water

  • Tea (kettle and tea bags)

  • Hot Chocolate

  • Keurig Brewing System and K-cups

If you’re a tea, hot chocolate, or coffee fan then you should have it available on hand. This way, you save money instead of spending it at Timmies, Starbucks or McDonalds on your way to class.


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When you’re hanging out with friends, watching a movie, or studying for an exam in your dorm room, snacks are a must. Whether you buy them in bulk or in bite-size portions, snacks are necessary for you to continue with whatever you’re doing so you don’t go hungry. Snacks to consider for dorm room groceries:

  • Dried Fruit

  • Peanut Butter

  • Granola Bars

  • Pretzels

  • Nuts

  • Trail Mix

  • Chips

  • Crackers

  • Popcorn

  • Hummus

  • Chocolate

  • Salsa

  • Cookies

  • Fresh Produce: Apples, Bananas, Oranges, and Baby Carrots

You want something easily accessible when you’re Netflix binging. Also, snacks are the perfect way to quench your hunger without paying a fortune in take-out. 

Easy Meals

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Furthermore, help your mornings run smoothly by introducing instant meals that are quick and painless! Additionally, if there’s a fridge in your room, you have a ton more options. But if there’s no fridge, don’t worry! Some easy meals don’t require a fridge:

  • Instant Oatmeal

  • Dry Cereal

  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

  • Ramen Noodles

  • Instant Soup

  • Chips and Salsa

When you get snacky while studying or working on assignments, it’s smart to have easy meals close by.  These dorm room groceries will help keep you going, so you can stay focused on what’s important!


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