Dorm Room Essentials

Move in day is only a few short weeks away.  Don’t panic!  The more prepared you are, the less stressed out you’ll be come move-in day.

That’s exactly what we’re here to do…get you prepared!

…Here’s a list of “must have” items for your dorm room:

  • Alarm Clock – Mom’s not there to wake you up for class anymore…so you should probably pick up one of these before you go.
  • Bed Linens – Remember most dorms require extra-long twin sheets, check with your school before purchasing these.
  • Hangers – You might want to try different types of hangers, depending on the clothes you have…some hangers allow you to hang up multiple pairs of pants, etc.
  • Clothes – Only bring the essentials…for 2 reasons: 1) your dorm room won’t be that big and 2) you’ll likely want to go shopping with friends during the school year.
  • Computer – Laptops are typically more convenient; they allow you to be mobile. This can come in handy when working on group projects or if you decide to go home for the weekend.  Also, don’t forget to purchase a laptop lock and extension cord.
  • Lamps – If you’re a night owl, you should pick up a desk lamp so you don’t disturb your roommate if he or she is sleeping when you want to work on home work or search the web.
  • TV / TV Stand / DVD Player – Be sure to coordinate these larger items with your roommate.
  • Refrigerator / Microwave – 2 more essential items; you’ll also want to coordinate with your roommate before purchasing these.
  •  Laundry Hamper – You can find this anywhere…I recommend either the mesh hampers (because they’re lighter and easier to carry) or the plastic hamper on wheels (because it can be rolled down to the laundry room). The plastic hamper on wheels can be found at Wal-Mart.
  • Decorations – You’ll be spending an entire school year in your dorm room, so you’ll want to make it as comfortable as possible…buy some decorations to spice things up a little.
  • Storage Containers – Under the bed storage containers work well for storing the clothes that don’t seem to fit in your closet. Also, the small 3 drawer plastic storage containers work well for storing extra toiletries.
  • Bath Towels – Be sure to bring a few sets of towels.  Trust me, you won’t want to do laundry every day. Also bring a bathrobe for those trips to the bathroom.
  • Bath Toiletries – Body wash, deodorant, lotion, toothbrush, toothpaste, hair products, etc.
  • Shower Shoes – These are an absolute must, especially for those students who will live in dorms that have community bathrooms; flip flops will also do the trick.
  • Shower Tote – This will come in handy when you’re trying to carry all of your toiletries to the bathroom; it’s nice and convenient to have everything in one place.
  • Snacks – Bottled water, juice, granola bars, fruit snacks, etc.  It’s nice to have snacks on hand when you don’t feel like walking over to the cafeteria.
  • Medications – Make sure you have a decent supply of prescription medicine before heading off to campus.  Also bring your basic over the counter drugs – pain medication, common cold medication, vitamins, etc.
  • Cleaning Supplies – You’ll want to keep your dorm room clean so don’t forget to bring cleaning supplies, along with a small dust pan, broom, and vacuum.

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Lauren Anderson is a certified school counselor who's passionate about helping students all over the world successfully transition from high school to college! After spending 6 years as a business professional, she obtained her Master’s degree in School Counseling and now spends her spare time helping students.

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