Dorm rooms are notoriously small, which means that you can't really have that much stuff, and even if you only bring the dorm room essentials, you're always looking for new ways to save space in your dorm room. That can be especially stressful if you like to cook, since kitchen gear isn't always known for being space efficient. But really, you don't need that much gear to set up a dorm room kitchen that'll keep you fed and happy, especially since most dorms ban potential fire hazards like hot plates, which severely limits what you can cook in the confines of a dorm room.
Instead, you need to get creative with what you've got, and get space-saving kitchen tools for your dorm that fit some basic guidelines. But that doesn't mean dorm room breakfasts have to be gross. If anything, they might be more delicious and convenient than anything you can get in the dining hall, especially if you've got the right equipment. You can make a delicious, filling, and hot breakfast in the comfort of your own dorm room without breaking building codes or taking up valuable real estate if you get these five essential pieces of college kitchen gear.
An electric kettle is great for making tea. But you can also use it to make ramen, which is a totally acceptable breakfast, as well as instant oatmeal or any kind of hot cereal.
Rice Cooker or Slow Cooker
If you're hankering for the ability to make hot food in your new dorm home, but you're not allowed to have a hot plate, think about getting a rice cooker or a slow cooker. You can make all the breakfast foods in either of these machines—from hard-boiled eggs and oatmeal to frittatas and even a giant pancake.
You'll want bowls from which to eat your rice cooker oatmeal, and you'll want takeaway containers to steal food from the dining hall or store leftovers. Enter this set of three collapsible bowls from Aladdin, each of which comes with a lid and folds down flat. That means you can easily store them in a desk drawer or quietly sneak them into the dining hall in your already stuffed backpack.
Multifunction Can Opener
You don't need many kitchen gadgets in a dorm room. You don't have a stove or an oven, after all, so why would you really need a spatula or a cheese grater? But if there's one tool you need in your desk drawer, it's a can opener. And not just any can opener. A multifunctional can opener, like this one from Alistat, that opens cans with ease, pops lids off beer bottles, and even pokes a holes into metal, as needed.
The best way to save space in your dorm room is to be organized, and this hanging fridge caddy is a great way to organize your dishes and kitchen gear without taking up too much extra space.