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College Dorm Checklist – What Every Student Needs

Going away to college is an exciting time for many new students.  Meeting new people, doing new things.  For many it is the first time they get to spend and extended time away from home.

You have your classes picked, maybe started getting your books.  But what about everything else. Having a few, or all, of these things can make your dorm feel like a real home, that you can come back to after a long day of classes and unwind.

Bedding

Most dorm rooms come with a twin or full size bed, and include a mattress.  But you will have to supply your own linens.

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  • Foam topper
  • Mattress pad
  • Twin XL sheet set (and an extra set)
  • Pillows
  • Pillowcases
  • Reading pillow
  • Extra blanket
  • Extrapillows
  • Underbed storage bins

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Room

You want to make your dorm room as much of a home  as you can make it, since that is where you will spend a lot of your free time.  Some things you may want to consider.

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  • Futon
  • Alarm clock
  • Bedside lamp
  • Floor lamp
  • String lights
  •  Area rug
  • Bed risers
  • Adhesive hooks and strips
  • Bulletin board and/or dry erase board
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  • Posters
  • Wall art
  • Photos
  • Picture frames or photo clips
  • Closet organizer
  • Hangers
  • Skirt hangers
  • Over-the-door storage units
  • Space bags
  • Curtain rods (if needed)
  • Curtains
  • Fan
  • Space cooler
  • Wall mirror/full-length mirror
  • Jewelry organizer
  • Jewelry safe
  • Clothes rack
  • Stepladder
  • Trashcan
  • Candles
  • Candle holder
  • Plants
  • Shelves
  • Drawers
  • Utility cart
  • Shoe rack
  • Vase
  • Decorative baskets

Laundry

  • Laundry hamper or bag
  • Lingerie bag
  • Laundry detergent
  • Bleach
  • Color catchers
  • Fabric softener
  • Stain remover
  • Dryer sheets
  • Drying rack
  • Garment bag
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Lint brush
  • Portable stain remover pen
  • Quarters
  • Sewing kit

Food

  • Bulk snacks (candy, granola, dried fruit, etc.)

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  • Bottled water
  • Granola bars
  • Popcorn
  • Cereal
  • Coffee
  • Coffee creamer
  • Sugar
  • Instant hot chocolate
  • Microwaveable mac and cheese
  • Ramen
  • Soup
  • Instant oatmeal
  • Peanut butter and jelly

Desk/School Supplies

  • Backpack
  • Tote bag
  • Binder clips
  • Paper clips
  • Binders
  • Business cards
  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Clicker (if you need one for class)
  • Desk chair
  • Desk lamp
  • Desk organizer
  • Envelopes
  • Stamps
  • Cards/notes to send home
  • File folder for important documents
  • Desk storage box
  • Folders
  • Glue
  • Notebook paper
  • Notebooks
  • Notepads
  • Index cards
  • Sticky notes
  • Journal
  • Laptop fan/stand
  • Pencil case
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Pens/colored pens
  • Permanent marker
  • Highlighters
  • White out
  • Planner
  • Portfolio/portfolio case for interviews
  • Lunchbox
  • Rubber bands
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Staples
  • Staple remover
  • Tape
  • Textbooks
  • Three-hole punch

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Kitchen Supplies

  • Blender
  • Microwave
  • Mini fridge
  • Toaster
  • Coffee maker
  • Oven mitt
  • Water boiler
  • Water filter pitcher
  • Water filters
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Utensils
  • Dishes
  • Mugs
  • Travel mug
  • Bottle opener
  • Can opener
  • Chip clips
  • Napkins
  • Food storage containers
  • Plastic wrap
  • Paper plates
  • Sealable plastic bags
  • Tinfoil
  • Dish towels
  • Paper towels
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Hand soap
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Glass cleaner
  • Sponges
  • Duster
  • Broom
  • Dustpan
  • Mini vacuum
  • Mop
  • Trash bags

Tech

  • Laptop
  • External hard drive
  • Flash drives
  • Keyboard
  • Wireless mouse
  • Lap desk/stand
  • Laptop Case
  • Camera
  • SD card for camera
  • E-reader
  • Tablet
  • Chargers (phone, laptop, camera, etc.)
  • Portable phone charger
  • Ethernet cable
  • HDMI cable
  • Extension cords
  • Adapters (HDMI, ethernet, etc)
  • Headphones and spare headphones
  • Speakers
  • Printer
  • Printer ink
  • Cord organizer
  • Printer paper
  • Router
  • Surge protectors
  • TV
  • TV stand
  • Batteries

Bathroom

  • Air freshener
  • Shower curtain and rings
  • Shower mat
  • Shower organizer
  • Bathroom rug
  • Shower shoes
  • Shower cap
  • Shower caddy
  • Bath pouf
  • Loofah
  • Washcloths
  • Bath towels
  • Hand towels
  • Bathrobe
  • Tumbler/cup
  • Bathroom cleaning supplies (if you need them for your dorm: i.e., drain cleaner, glass cleaner, rubber gloves, shower cleaner, sponges, toilet brush, toilet cleaner)
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Toiletries

Products

  • Self-tanner
  • Bar soap
  • Body wash
  • Lotion
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Cleanser
  • Moisturizer
  • Mask
  • Acne medicine/cream
  • Shaving Cream
  • Waxing strips
  • Hair removal cream
  • Deodorant
  • Sunscreen
  • Foundation
  • Concealer
  • Bronzer
  • Blush
  • Highlighter
  • Eye cream
  • Eyeshadow
  • Eyeliner
  • Mascara
  • Eyebrow pencil
  • Lip balm
  • Lipstick
  • Makeup remover
  • Hair gel
  • Hair mousse
  • Hairspray
  • Nail polish
  • Nail polish remover
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Antibacterial gel

Supplies

  • Hand mirror
  • Toothbrush
  • Floss
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Razor
  • Tweezers
  • Hairbrush
  • Comb
  • Bobby pins
  • Blow dryer
  • Diffusers
  • Hair curlers
  • Curling iron
  • Hair straightener
  • Hair ties
  • Hair clips
  • Headbands
  • Contacts, solution, and case
  • Eyeglasses and case
  • Eyeglass cleaner
  • Cotton balls
  • Cotton swabs
  • Tissues
  • Makeup brushes
  • Nail clippers
  • Nail files
  • Pumice stone
  • Tampons and pads
  • Toilet paper

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