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College Checklist: What You Need in the Dorms

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When going off to college, it is often a daunting task to know what to bring and what to leave at home. Since dorm rooms are small and often shared with other students, knowing how much space one has is essential. Bringing extra stuff can be burdensome to the student or his roommates.

Also, students often forget to bring items that they have never had to buy before. Maybe they were provided by their mom or by their teacher. Either way, those items were always readily available. Now that they are living on their own, they need to rely on their resources. It is easy to forget such essentials as toilet paper, printer paper, and insurance cards. The comprehensive list below will help you not to forget anything for your first year at college.

Dorm Room

Bathroom Supplies and Personal Items

Many of these items are not items you generally buy yourself, although it is often items you will need in a pinch. It is a good idea to have medicine ahead of time, because when you need them, you may not be up to walking to a store. Although some dorm rooms will provide toilet paper, you may want to buy some that are softer for your bum. Some will also allow you to rent a vacuum and other supplies. It's a good idea to find out what you can borrow from your front desk.

Bathroom Supplies and Personal Items

Allergy medicine

Bandaids/bandages

Bathroom tote

Bodywash/Bar of soap

Cold and flu medicine

Conditioner

Contact Solution

Cotton balls

Curling iron

Decongestant

Dental floss

Deodorant

Facewash

First aid kit

Hair brush/comb

Hair dryer

Hair gel

Hair spray

Hair ties

Insect repellent

Make-up

Moisturizer

Multivitamins

Nail clippers and file

Over-the-counter pain medication

Prescription medicine

Q-tips

Razors

Retainer/mouth guard

Robe

Rubbing alcohol

Shampoo

Shower caddy

Shower mat

Soap dispenser/holder

Sun screen

Supplements (iron pills, etc.)

Thermometer

Thermometer covers

Throat drops/lozenges

Toothbrush

Toothbrush holder

Toothpaste

Toilet paper

Towels

Upset stomach medication

Vaseline

Washcloths

Are Their Personal Bathrooms in the Dorms?

It all depends on the college. Some do, and some do not. You would need to check with your college of choice. The most common setups for bathrooms include one bathroom attached to the dorm room, a bathroom that is shared by two dorm rooms, and a communal bathroom that is shared by those who live on that floor. You will want to know the bathroom setup as you pack for college so you know what supplies you may need as you may wish to a more convenient bathroom tote for one that you have to walk to rather than one you have in your room.

Bedding and Living Area

Alarm clock

Blanket

Bulletin Board

Chairs

Comforter

Desk lamp

Extension cords

Fan

Frames (for pictures)

Mattress pad (extra long twin)

Lamps

Pillow

Pillowslip and case

Sheets(extra long twin)

Storage bins

Surge protector

TV

Wastebasket

Cleaning Supplies

Broom

Dish scrubber

Dish soap

Dryer sheets

Dustpan

Iron

Ironing board

Laundry basket

Laundry soap

Portable vacuum

Quarters for laundry

Rags

Soap scum remover

Sponges

Swiffer

Toilet bowl cleaner

Toilet bowl scrubber

Windex

Clothing

Below is a comprehensive list of all the clothes one might need for any occasion, but everyone's needs are different. When heading off to college, you may not need all your clothes, but how do you know what to leave at home. Some questions you may want to ask yourself when deciding which clothes to bring are:

  • Does your college do formal events? Are you going to need formal wear? If not, leave it at home!
  • Are you planning on attending interviews for college?
  • Are you planning on attending a church?
  • Do you like to work out, or are you planning on taking a sports class?
  • How cold is it during the school year? Are you going to need all of your summer clothes, or a couple of pairs of shorts just in case?

Often it is a good idea to bring at least one dress outfit, just in case. You never know when you might be invited to an event or have an interview, where you want to have something more dressy than your jeans and sweats.

Clothing

Bathing suits

Belts

Boots

Bras

Casual dress

Coat

Formal dress

Gloves

Gym bag

Hats

Jeans

Jackets

Jewelry

Leggings

Long-sleeve shirts

Pajamas

Pants

Professional clothing

Purse

Scarves

Semi-formal dresses or dress shirts

Shoes (flats, flip flops, dress, sneakers)

Short-sleeve shirts

Shorts

Skirts

Slippers

Suit

Socks

Sports bras

Sweaters

Sweatpants

Sweatshirts

T-shirts

Tank tops

Tights

Underwear

Watch

Workout clothes

Yoga pants

Miscellaneous

Address bookk

Bank documents

Batteries

Car registration and insurance information

Camera

Checks

Copy of birth certificate and Social Security card in a lock box

Credit card

Debit card

Dictionary

Driver's license

Envelopes

Hammer

Health Insurance Card

Kleenex

Lockbox

Passport

Phone

Phone charger

Radio/iPod

Safety Pins

Screwdriver

Small Sewing Kit

Stamps

Student ID

Thesaurus

Umbrella

Kitchen Supplies

Bottle opener

Bowls

Chip Clips

Cups

Dish Scrubber

Dish soap

Flatware/ plastic utensils

Mini refrigerator

Paper towels

Plates

Water filter

Water bottle

School Supplies

Don't forget! Now you are the one who is going to have to provide the paper clips, pencils, and other supplies. There is often on campus stores for the items you forgot, but these usually charge much more than you could buy at a local store, especially if you can get back to school prices.

School Supplies

Backpack

Calendar

Eraser

Folders

Graphing Calculator

Highlighters

Homework organizer

Index cards

Laptop

Notebooks

Paperclips

Pencil

Pencil holder

Pencil sharpener

Pens

Post it Notes

Printer paper

Printer

Ruler

Scissors

Staples

Stapler

Tape

Three ring hole puncher

Three ring binder

USB memory stick

White Out

© 2010 Angela Michelle Schultz

Comments

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on June 27, 2011:

This list is the list I made when I left for college, and it helped immensely!

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 22, 2011:

These lists are always helpful for students getting ready to start college. Thanks for putting one up on HubPages!

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on July 06, 2010:

Thanks so much for stopping by, I'll have to look into netspend. If I think it's awesome, I might have to post it on an upcoming article I am writing!!

Netspend on July 06, 2010:

Yes! This list is amazing. As a college senior , I remember when I had to pack up and move to school. When I forgot to pack something I ended up making a trip to the store to buy it. Netspend is a popular company that provides prepaid Debit cards. I used it for emergencies and little things. I kept in my wallet and it came in handy many times. Please, everyone who reads this, make a list and seriously consider all the above items. Living area supplies, laundry supplies, and bathroom supplies are very important!

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