Dorm needs, and fun items for dorm room decorating, should be considered before leaving for college. Make a dorm room checklist early so you can add items as you think of them. But, it is important to know the dorm room rules, and keep your items consistent with what is allowed.
Some items should be available from the first day. Other items will require that you find out the details of what is allowed before making a purchase. Some items can be brought with you, others may have to be purchased in the city in which the college is located, and still others may be best bought online and delivered to your dorm. It may be a practical matter since large, heavy items may not fit on an airplane, or even in your vehicle if you are driving to college. And, the large, heavy items might be too much to handle alone.
I had not heard of Wishi Tape before. We have a morning television show that includes news, and interest features. I saw the dorm necessities and it included colored hangers and Wishi Tape. amazon has quite a variety, some with There are a few more popular, using that reasoning, but might have had too many or too few spools.
The soap holder came from when I took my son camping with the boy scouts. The small refrigerator idea came from having to make do after Hurricane Katrina hot where I then lived. I actually bought a slightly larger one for about $100, and brought it home about 60 miles in a van.
I can see a whole Wishi Tape art concept developing. It has a certain promise of really taking off.
blackspanielgallery, Those are good points about hangers color-coded to the clothes' owners and about hot plates being more worrisome than microwaves. Do you know which wishi tape sells the most? It's the little touches of cumulative color, like with the magnets and the tape, that make a dorm room livable.