It’s almost that time of year when you need to start making that list and checking it twice. Nope, not Christmas—college shopping season!
We’ve got the ultimate college shopping list for you, breaking it down by the “sections” of your dorm room. When it comes to packing for college, you only want the essentials at first, as you will accumulate a ton over the course of your academic year. Rather than overpacking, we’ve narrowed it down to the “Bare Necessities.”
1. Shower caddy (this will become another appendage)
2. Washcloths and towels
4. Shampoo and conditioner
5. Body wash/soap
6. Facial cleanser
7. Toothbrush and toothpaste
Communal showers aren’t so bad, especially when your shower caddy can carry all of the essentials you need (i.e. you won’t be juggling shampoo and conditioner like an inept clown).
1. Laundry detergent
2. Laundry basket
3. Laundry hamper/bag
Yep, the free ride’s over. Mom and Dad are no longer around to wash your clothes for you. If you like dryer sheets, by all means add them to the list, but they aren’t necessary.
1. Storage bins
3. Underbed storage
As college students, you will gain the ability to pack a lot of stuff into a small space, so all of those years of playing Tetris will finally pay off. Storage bins are great for storing shoes, outerwear, and other things that don’t always need to be out and about.
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2. Pillow cases
3. Twin-long comforter
4. Twin-long sheets
6. Waterproof mattress protector (if you’re a germaphobe and don’t like the idea of who’s been in your bed before you)
Typically, most college dorms provide twin-long beds to students, so you want to make sure you have twin-long bedding supplies. Also, a few comfy pillows can sometimes take the place of chairs when friends come over to hang out.
2. DVD player
4. iHome stereo
These might not be necessary, per se, but when it’s a Saturday afternoon and you don’t feel like studying, they will seem like godsends. If TV isn’t on your list of essentials, often lounges supply this form of entertainment. Also, talk with your roommate to see if he or she has a TV to bring (you don’t want to have duplicates!).
6. Dish detergent
7. Tupperware (for snacks or leftovers)
Chances are if you’re in the dorms you may not have your own kitchen. However, communal lounges tend to have sinks to do dishes and maybe a few ovens to do some light cooking. You want to make sure you have something to eat on if you have an unexpected movie night with your hallmates.
2. Surge protector
3. External hard drive
When it comes to on-campus computer labs, you can often utilize the printers they have. So while you may want to add a printer to this list, find out whether there’s free printing on campus. You could save some money (and some space when you pack up your car!).
1. Trash can
2. Dry erase board
3. Mattress pad or egg crate
4. Coffeemaker (if dining hall Joe just doesn’t do it for you)
6. Paper towels
7. Disinfecting wipes
9. Broom and dustpan
11. Duct tape
13. Tool kit
14. Umbrella/rain gear
15. Ear plugs (if you have a roommate)
This list also depends on what is supplied by the college. For example, if your dorm room has carpeting, then you won’t need a carpet (or probably a Swiffer!), but you may need a mini-vac (unless you can borrow one from your residence hall).
Before you even twist the knob to your room, you want to find out from the school what will already be there so you can pack accordingly. It will make the move much easier so that once you arrive to campus, you won’t look at your pile of stuff and think, “Where is all of THIS gonna go?”
What are you including in your college packing list? What would you suggest an incoming freshman bring? Tell us in a comment below.