Before the bell: Dorm must-haves

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August 22, 2012, 9:38 am
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(NECN) - When it comes to packing up and buying the right items for college, dorm life can often limit students on space.

Co-founder, CEO, and Editor-in-Chief of Her Campus Media Stephanie Kaplan joined "The Morning Show" to help students make the most of minimal room space, while getting the must-have items.

--Pick it: Lots of underwear; BUY: Five for $26 at Victoria's Secret and
Skip it: T-Shirts; You'll get a million free t-shirts once you arrive at college, so leave those extras behind. You can get away with wearing the same shirt twice. You can't say the same about undergarments.  

--Pick it: Cute sweats; BUY: $35 at and
Skip it: Clothes that don't fit; If there's one rule about college clothing, it's that it is better to have comfortable clothes than those that don't fit. Pick the sweats. Skip the jeans that may be a size too small.

--Pick it: Extra plastic shelves; BUY: $7.99 - $129.99 at The Container Store
Skip it: Extra furniture; Check your school's housing website to confirm before you pack, but most dorm rooms will come with a bed, a desk, a chair, a dresser, and a closet. You will need to provide additional storage space for everything else, which is where plastic shelves and containers can really be a life saver. 

--Pick it: Hybrid laptops; BUY: Starting at $770 and $900 at Amazon, Best Buy and
Skip it: Desktops, readers and tablets; Do you really need a smartphone, an iPod, a laptop AND a tablet? Of course not! It's best to travel small and light, with these Intel Ultrabooks offering a screen perfect for watching a movie, your favorite TV show, or writing that 10-page paper. 

--Pick it: Photos, Posters and other Room Décor; BUY: Pillows - $59 at  
Skip it: High School Memorabilia; Remember that college is about living in the present; so while it's great to reminisce about the past, don't show off too much! 

--Pick it: Power strips; BUY: $15-$20 at, or Any local hardware or electronics store
Skip it: A TV; Between charging your cell phone, your iPod, plugging in your flat iron and powering up your laptop, you will run out of electrical outlets and FAST! You can still catch your favorite shows online, or on a common room big-screen.  

--Pick it: Cups, silverware and plates; BUY: $5 and up at a Campus Bookstore
Skip it: Toaster ovens, George Foreman grills and rice cookers; You don't need to go all Giada De Laurentiis and bring a 15-piece cookware set, but some cups, a plate, a bowl, a fork, a spoon and a knife will be necessary when you've barricaded yourself in your room for an intense study session.

--Pick it: Subway / Bus Pass; BUY: $70 at, or check your location for more details
Skip it: Your Car; 
Your school's transportation services can often get you discounts on public transportation. Bus passes are much cheaper than paying full fare each time you grab a ride. Check to see if you can order these before you arrive on campus, especially if you have a long (and potentially costly!) route from the airport to your school.

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