If you live in dorm rooms, you know how challenging it can be to cook your own food. Unfortunately, most dorm rooms don’t allow certain kitchen appliances for safety reasons. We did some research + determined the best kitchen essentials that are allowed in [most!] dorm rooms + that will make the *dorm-life* a lot easier to handle —
1] MINI FRIDGE
Mini-fridges are necessary for dorm-rooms because you can store your snacks, milk, yogurt, fruits, or veggies. Most dorms have communal refrigerators in the lounges, but it is much more convenient to have your food in your reach. ++ you’ll have the reassurance that no one is stealing your food! You can split costs with a roomie or rent one to save money, ++ you can always sell it once you get your own place!
Some universities allow toasters in dorm rooms, while others don’t — this really depends on where you go to school, so make sure to check your school’s policy before you decide to buy it! Toasters are cheap + don’t take up much space, so they’re easy to include in your dorm room. Make a quick + easy breakfast by popping some toast or bagels in, or treat yourself to a grilled cheese after a night out!
3] CAN OPENER
Sometimes, college gets busy + it’s hard to make time to go out to the dining hall + get dinner. Having canned goods around, such as vegetables, beans, or soups, can solve this problem. Be careful though — some canned goods may seem like healthy options, but have high sodium or sugar contents. Check the label before you buy + make sure you choose the healthier options! Canned goods are also great because they don’t go bad + it is so convenient. Having a can opener to get a quick dinner ready is essential for all you busy college girls!
4] PERSONAL SMOOTHIE BLENDER
Smoothies are great all day err’day — breakfast, lunch + dinner! They’re also super easy to make + versatile, making them great for all tastes. Nutribullet and Oster both have personal smoothie blenders that have attachments that turn into bottles you can drink from. It’s less of a mess + great for *on-the-go.*
5] RICE COOKER
Rice cookers are not only for cooking rice — you can steam vegetables, boil beans, or make rice pudding. In under 30 minutes, you can make an entire meal!
Most dorm rooms don’t allow coffee makers because of hot plates, but a keurig doesn’t have a hot plate, making it the perfect way to get your coffee fix for all you coffee lovers! Pick from a variety of different flavored *keurig cups* + enjoy a hot cup o’ joe within minutes : )
7] PARING KNIFE
Sometimes we like to cut up our fruit rather than eating it whole. Having a paring knife around makes it easier to do this so that you can enjoy your sliced apples with peanut butter, + your veggies with hummus!
Living in a dorm room doesn’t mean you can’t prepare your own food! If you are the type of person that loves to cook, these kitchen essentials will make it a lot easier while living in a dorm room. What is your favorite kitchen essential? Let us know on Instagram with #CHAARGeats!
++ Soula [soula_inchaarg] // UMD CHAARG