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You Must Have these College Dorm Essentials

College Dorm Essentials
We made this packing list to help you get organized when moving into a college dorm room. It only contains the absolute essentials for your room, other decor and accessories can be picked up over time. You can jump right to the end of this list for a printable .pdf checklist for your convenience, click here.

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CLOTHING

CLOTHING

1 pair of sneakers
1 pair of dress shoes
1 set of business-casual clothes
1 swimsuit
Sunglasses
Beanies/Caps/Gloves
Light/heavy jackets
Pajamas
Pants/jeans
Shirts/blouses
Slippers and/or flip-flops
Socks
Sweaters
Sweats
Underwear

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ELECTRONICS

ELECTRONICS
  • 6 outlet surge protector & extension chords
  • Smartphone (Android or iPhone has it all)
  • WiFi Router
  • Chromecast (Seriously you should get this)
  • Headphones
  • Laptop (printer is optional; there are usually computer labs where you can print)
  • Portable speakers (if you want to play music from laptop/phone)
  • Video Game System (Xbox, Playstation or PCMasterRace)
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HOUSEHOLD AND KITCHEN ITEMS

HOUSEHOLD AND KITCHEN ITEMS
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Bowl, plate and cup
  • Can/bottle opener
  • Coffee mug
  • Dish soap
  • Food-storage containers
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  • Paper towels
  • Plastic storage bags
  • Silverware
  • Tissues
  • Trash bags
  • Water bottle
  • Wet wipes
4

LINENS/LAUNDRY SUPPLIES

  • Blankets (2)
  • Clothes hangers
  • Comforter/bedspread
  • Laundry hamper/bag
  • Laundry detergent, fabric softener and stain remover
  • Laundry Drying Rack
  • Lint brush
  • Mattress pad (check with college for size needed)
  • Mini sewing kit
  • Pillows (2)
  • Sheets and pillowcases (2 sets. Check with college for size needed — some college twin beds are extra long.)
  • Towels (3 each of bath, hand and face)
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OFFICE/DESK SUPPLIES

OFFICE/DESK SUPPLIES
  • 3 × 5 index cards
  • Desk lamp – For late night studying
  • Electronic storage media such as memory cards and USB flash drives
  • Folder with pockets
  • Highlighter pens (multiple colors)
  • Labels of various sizes
  • Notebooks
  • Paper clips and binder clips
  • Pencil holder and sharpener
  • Pens and pencils
  • Printer paper (if you decide to bring a printer)
  • Rubber bands
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Stackable desk trays (at least 4)
  • Stamps and envelopes
  • Stapler and staples
  • Sticky notes
  • Tape (Invisible & masking)
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ROOM & STORAGE

  • Alarm clock – When you don’t trust your phone or vice versa
  • Bedside Lamp with shade
  • Fan – It gets hot
  • Mini toolkit (Hammer, socket wrench set, pliers, misc screws and nails, duct and electrical tape)
  • Poster & Picture hangers or double sided tape
  • Storage bins – Those clear ones are the best
  • Under-the-bed storage trays – You can’t have enough storage!
  • Wastebasket – Mini size with lid preferred
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SHARED ITEMS — CHECK WITH ROOMMATE(S)

  • Area rug
  • Audio equipment
  • Coffeemaker/hot pot/microwave, if allowed
  • Posters/art
  • Small refrigerator (if one isn’t provided)
  • TV and DVD player
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TOILETRIES

TOILETRIES
  • Adhesive bandages, antibiotic ointment
  • Antacid
  • Antidiarrheal medicine
  • Aspirin or other pain relievers
  • Bath and face soap
  • Chapstick
  • Comb/brush
  • Cotton swabs
  • Cough drops
  • Dental floss or Waterpik (best ever)
  • Deodorant & Perfume/Cologne
  • Hair dryer/straightener/curling iron
  • Hairstyling products
  • Lotion and/or facial moisturizer
  • Nail clippers
  • Razor and shaving cream
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Shower caddy
  • Shower shoes (flip-flops)
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Travel soap container(s)
  • Tweezers
  • Vitamins
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MISCELLANEOUS

  • Backpack
  • Sports/Exercise equipment
  • Umbrella