By Jess Scanlon
The Active Times

Tis the season for back-to-school shopping, but before you hit the stores, take a good look through your camping gear. Items you normally use in the woods can also be great for your dorm room and can save you from spending extra cash.

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A stovetop espresso maker

Serious coffee drinkers often take these along in the woods to make sure they get their caffeine fix, but espresso makers can also be a great option when you get tired of the bad drip coffee in your cafeteria.


A sleeping pad

Chances are your dorm bed will be the standard issue twin that leaves your back aching every morning. Here's a tip for additional comfort: Use your sleeping pad for added cushioning.


Sleeping bags for guests

At some point, friends or family members will want crash in your room. A sleeping bag (and that sleeping pad) can make sure they stay comfortable.


Campfire pots, pans and plates

While few residence hall directors would overlook a propane camp stove in your room, camping pots and pans are generally sturdy and compact, making them perfect for dorm life. Bring them along for when you want to make something in the dorm kitchen.


Camping chairs

Space is a valuable commodity in dorm rooms, but you also want to have plenty of seating for company. Folding camping chairs can be a great way to have the best of both worlds. When no one is around, leave the chair in your closet or under your bed. When people come over, pop it open for extra seating.


Swiss Army Knife

Whether you need to open a bottle of beer or tighten a loose screw, a Swiss Army Knife can be just as handy in your dorm room as it can be in the wilderness.


Headlamps and Flashlights

Whether for a power outage, way to read under the covers when your roommate is sleeping, weekend camping trip or an impromptu game of flashlight tag, there are plenty of reasons these items can be handy.

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