Checklist: Dorm Room Supplies

What to bring to college - and what to leave at home.

As if planning your academic future isn't enough pressure, odds are your freshman year at college will also be your first time away from home. Everyone from big box stores to your older relatives and friends wants to tell you what to bring, but do you really need bed risers or your goldfish?

Coordinate with your roommate to eliminate overlap (you will not need two ironing boards—trust us) then stock up with this real-life list of things to bring to college.

Room Basics

Sheets, blanket, comforter & mattress pad - (XL Twin)
Pillows
Towels/washcloths
Desk lamp
Waste basket
Full length mirror
Bean bag chair
Foot locker
Underbed storage (if you won't be lofting your bed)
In season clothing
Robe
Shower shoes & slippers
Toiletries
Hangers
First aid kit
Fan
Plants
Posters or wall decor
Shower tote
Family photos

Eating In

Microwave (under 700 watts)
Mini fridge (under 3 cubic feet)
Bullet blender (Great for smoothies)
Hot pot or coffee maker
Pitcher with water filter
Utensils
Mugs, plates and bowls
Can opener, pizza cutter
Paper plates/foil/plastic baggies
Pantry basics (PB, popcorn, soup, oatmeal packets)

Tech & Entertainment

Cell phone charger
Extension cords
Coaxial cable
Power strip
Cable organizer
MP3 Player
Speakers or docking station
Headphones/earbuds
TV

Academic Basics

Desk supplies (Index cards, highlighters, sticky notes)
Laptop/Desktop computer
Flash drives
Printer (with paper and extra ink)
Bulletin board/Dry erase board
Book light

Cleaning Up & Organizing

Dish detergent
Sponge and dishcloth
Disinfecting wipes
Paper towels
Tissues
Febreze
Hand-held vacuum
Laundry supplies (bag, detergent, fabric softener)
Instant stain remover
3M Wall hooks
Double closet rod

Campus Gear

Rain coat & umbrella
Bike/bike lock
Backpack
Swimsuit
Walking shoes
Water bottle
Travel mug
Sunscreen

Don't Forget

Important paperwork (health insurance card, driver's license)
Emergency contact numbers
Batteries
House key for home!

Ask first:

1. Toasters or toaster oven
2. Candles or anything with open flame
3. Pets
4. Halogen lamp
5. Ironing Board/Iron

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