College Dorm Checklist

Dorm Room Essentials

Freshman orientation is right around the corner, which means it is time to start packing! This dorm room checklist will help you determine what you need to bring with you for a great start to a new and exciting adventure. From bedding to class supplies to personal documents, we’ll help you remember to bring the most important college essentials. As a pro tip, start packing a month before your move-in date so you have enough time to get your dorm room essentials organized and ready!

Bed & Bath

Must-have dorm room essentials:

  • Mattress cover
  • Comforter
  • 2 sets of bed sheets (contact your school to find out if you need twin or twin XL sheets)
  • Pillows (standard pillows, decorative pillows, etc)
  • Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, makeup, deodorant)
  • 2 bath towel sets
  • Hangers
  • Laundry basket

 

Nice-to-have dorm room extras:

  • Bed risers
  • Extra blankets or throws
  • Mattress pad
  • Robe
  • Shower sandals
  • Shower Caddy
  • Storage boxes
  • Decor

Personal

Must-have dorm room essentials:

  • Weather appropriate clothing and shoes
  • Medication
  • Immunization records
  • Health insurance cards
  • Birth certificate
  • Copies of registration and financial aid forms
  • Drivers license

Nice-to-have dorm room extras:

  • Safe (To secure documents in one place)
  • Emergency contact card
  • Theft/accident insurance

School Supplies

Must-have dorm room essentials:

  • Notebooks
  • Pens and pencils
  • Calculator
  • Scissors

Nice-to-have dorm room extras:

  • Stapler
  • Tape
  • Hole punch
  • Index card
  • Highlighters
  • Rubber bands
  • Ruler

Kitchen or Dorm Cooking

Must-have dorm room essentials:

  • Mini Fridge (Contact your school to see if these are provided)
  • A reusable or disposable dinnerware set (Be sure it is microwave safe!)
  • A reusable or disposable drinkware set
  • A reusable or disposable flatware set
  • Mug
  • Snacks

Nice-to-have dorm room extras:

  • Can opener
  • Measuring cups
  • Coffee maker
  • Chip clips

Electronics

Must-have dorm room essentials:

  • Laptop
  • Printer
  • Chargers
  • Headphones
  • Alarm clock

Nice-to-have dorm room extras:

  • Extension cords
  • TV
  • Desk lamp

Cleaning Supplies

Must-have dorm room essentials:

  • Broom and dust pan
  • Paper towels
  • Dish soap
  • Sponge
  • Trash bags
  • General cleaning spray or wipes

Nice-to-have dorm room extras:

  • Vaccum
  • Mop & bucket
  • Steamer

Once you have all of the must have items from this college dorm checklist you’ll want to start organizing them. One great tip for packing up the car for college move-in day is to pack up boxes in themes and to label them. Move-in day can be a little chaotic but your labels will help make unpacking and organizing your new dorm room a breeze!

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