7th Heaven’s 2020 Back-to-School Shopping Guide (Cool Dorm Room Essentials)

Cool Dorm Room Essentials for 2020

There are those who are excited to go back to school while others dread the idea of studying, tests, and “participation” points. But either way, you gotta go (well, technically you don’t, but you definitely should ). 

One of the best parts of stepping back on campus is that you can totally revamp your dorm room. And guess what? Your space, your rules*. 

As local experts in all things quirky, unique, and one-of-a-kind, 7th Heaven has got you covered with cool dorm room essentials to really make a statement; just keep reading for more. 

*BTW, don’t take “your rules” too literally. You should 100% follow university guidelines, but other than that…yeah, your rules. 

Dorm room essentials for music fanatics: Vinyl records

For those who enjoy vibin’ out to good music, you could always get a bluetooth speaker to connect to your phone, but that’s pretty basic. We have another idea, and it starts with vinyl and ends with records.

While some people say vinyl records are making a comeback, they’ve honestly never left—we should know; we’ve been in the game for over 40 years! Plus, records aren’t just meant for throwback albums (though finding vintage vinyl is super dope); many current artists create vinyl records for their new releases. As you build your own collection, you can stack or organize your vinyl however you want to add a unique decorative touch to your dorm. 

Let’s talk about turntables and record players, because you’re definitely going to want something fire to play your tunes.

What’s the difference between a record player and a turntable? 

A lot of people trying to get into vinyl aren’t quite sure about the difference between a record player and a turntable. With a turntable, you’re going to need more equipment than just the table itself. Basically, turntables work by spinning the vinyl and using a cartridge to pick up the music. The music is then turned into an electrical signal, but you’ll need a phono preamp, amplifier, and speakers to actually play the music. 

If you’re not sure what those items are, here are some basic definitions to get you started. 

Cartridge: The cartridge is the square-shaped piece that connects to the needle. The needle hits the vinyl as it spins and turns that movement into an electric signal. 

Phono preamp: A phono preamp converts the phono output into an AUX signal. This allows the turntable to work with speakers, computers, sterosystems, and more. Nowadays, a lot of newer turntables come with a built-in preamp so you wouldn’t have to worry about that part. 

Amplifier: The amplifier is a device that “amplifies” the low-level output from the turntable. 

On the other hand, a record player doesn’t require additional parts to play music. So basically you get the turntable, preamp, amplifier, and speakers all in one. 

Does that make a record player better? 

Nah, not at all. Whether you want a record player or turntable for your dorm room is really up to you and what you prefer. Some people prefer record players because there’s no set up involved, and they can simply pop in their favorite vinyl and go. 

However, there is a downside to having all those components in one: sound quality. You’re not going to find a record player that matches the sound of a well-built turntable system. The choice tends to come down to convenience vs. quality. 

If you’re looking for the best, 7th Heaven is the only retailer in Kansas City that carries U-Turn Orbit Turntables for a pristine sound within a sleek, modern design. Also, for the great vinyl record deals, join us for Record Store Day 2020 on August 29!

Dorm room essentials for smokers: Vape pens and vaporizers 

If you’re a smoker, you don’t want the smell or smoke to overpower your dorm room. Instead, you should opt for smoke accessories that are more discreet like vape pens or vaporizers. Vaping is a great way to get your fix without disturbing your neighbors. If you have roommates, make sure you clear the vaping with them before going at it. We don’t want you to have any problems. 

What you should know about vape pens

Vape pens are long, thin pen-like pieces that use a vape juice or oil instead of a dry plant. The main components are the:

  • Cartridge or tank to hold the juice 
  • Battery (comes in different shapes and types depending on the pen)
  • Atomizer to heat and vaporize the liquid

How to use a vape pen:

Before using a vape pen for the first time, make sure you charge it. You aren’t going to get much use out of it if it doesn’t have any power. While it’s charging, take a look at the instruction manual. We know it’s boring, but it’s necessary if you want specific instructions for your pen. 

Once it’s all ready to go, you can fill your tank with juice (careful not to go above the line). If you choose a pen that uses cartridges instead, you would simply click it into the device then assemble. 

Next, you’re ready to turn that bad baby on. There are a couple of ways this might happen. You could have a power button that you’d push that activates the pen. Or your pen could be draw activated, meaning you have to inhale to get it on. Again, y’all… refer to your manual. 

What you should know about vaporizers

We’re going to be honest—there are some things a vape pen simply cannot do, so to boost your vaping experience, you may want to get a vaporizer. Keep in mind, they are typically more expensive than pens, but there are still super affordable options on the market!

With vaporizers, you can choose vapes that are compatible with a liquid or dry rub (or both in some cases). However, dry rub vapes are typically larger, because they require more power. While vaporizers vary, the typical design includes a: 

  • Mouthpiece
  • Heating mechanism 
  • Battery

How to use a vaporizer

After filling the chamber, you’ll want to turn on your vaporizer and let it heat up. More advanced vaporizers will allow you to choose your preferred heat setting while others only have one setting. If you get a vape that you can control, remember that the higher the temperature, the more potent and thick the vapor will be. For the sake of your dorm, you may want to keep the temperature semi low. 

From there you can use the mouthpiece to inhale. Eventually the vape will cool, so if you notice less flavor and vapor, it’s probably time for a refill. 

Side note: be careful when you’re refilling the chamber right after smoking. That stuff gets hot. 

Dorm room essentials for a little love: Adult toys

Put out that “do not disturb sign” and lock the door, because things are about to get steamy. When classes become stressful and you just want a little me time, adult toys might be your solution. 

What to choose, what to choose? … that’s the real question. Finding the perfect toy comes with some trial and error, so that means you can really play around (literally) to find what you like. However, if you’re new to buying adult toys, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. Body-safe materials: It goes without saying that you should look for a toy that won’t harm your body. These materials include wood, glass, and non-porous silicone. If you find something you like, do a quick Google search to ensure it’s all good to go. Seriously, better safe than sorry. 

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  1. Lubricant: You may not have any problem in this area, but lubricant can help newbies reduce friction to really enjoy the new toy. And no, lube isn’t just for women. 
  2. Sensation: Different toys will provide different types of stimulation, so that can be a way to choose one toy over another. Do you want internal vibrations or external? Do you want something more curved or straight? Decisions, decisions, decisions. 

For women, some common toys include:

  • Vibrators 
  • Plugs
  • Penis substitutes 
  • And more!

Our favorite: Air Touch II Rabbit Vibrator

If you’re new to the toy game, this rabbit goes beyond a basic vibrator by simultaneously providing clitorial stimulation via a suction mechanism. Designed with a curved tip, easy-grip handle, and 12 adjustment settings, you can expect the ultimate pleasure experience. 

Men, we haven’t forgotten about you. Many men choose from:

  • Masturbation aids
  • C-Rings
  • Prostate toys
  • And more!

Our favorite: My Screaming O For Him

This 100% waterproof, vibrating toy is one of the creme de la cremes of adult toys for men. Plus, the remote control is disguised as a ring, which is discrete and just cool in general. You can test it out alone or with a partner, whatever you want to do. 

Find your cool dorm room essentials at 7th Heaven in Kansas City

If you’re looking for boring, 7th Heaven probably isn’t your best bet. But if you want to cater to your unique, alternative lifestyle… now, that’s more like it. Not only are we the #1 smoke shop in the Kansas City area (BTW, we sell smoke accessories online, too), we’re also your 3-in-1 eclectic store that sells all your vinyl records and sex accessory must haves. 

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Come visit our store right off Troost, and we’ll be happy to help you get started with finding the right dorm room essentials to fit your vibe. 


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