College Checklist: What You Need in the Dorms

Updated on July 23, 2018
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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 important. 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 own resources. Things like toilet paper, printer paper, and insurance cards can be easily forgotten. The comprehensive list below will help you to not forget anything for your first year at college.

Dorm Room

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Bathroom Supplies and Personal Items

Many of these items are not items you have been used to buying 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

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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 want an easier bathroom tote for one that you have to walk to rather than one you have in your own 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
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Clothing

Below is a comprehensive list of all 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 just a couple pair 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
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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, the pencils and other supplies. There is often on campus stores for the items you forgot, but these often charge much more than you could buy at a local store, especially if you are able to get back to school prices.

School Supplies

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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

Questions & Answers

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      • angela_michelle profile imageAUTHOR

        Angela Michelle Schultz 

        7 years ago from United States

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

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        Rose Clearfield 

        7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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

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        Angela Michelle Schultz 

        8 years ago from United States

        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!!

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        Netspend 

        8 years ago

        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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