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  • Writer's pictureTravis Bassett

Dorm Room Essentials: What to Bring to Your Dorm Room

Updated: Mar 8, 2022

It’s almost time to move into your college dorm! Whether this is your freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior year, we have some tips on what to bring with you to your dorm room so that you’re fully prepared for the upcoming year.

Clothes: Quality Over Quantity

Dorm rooms are rarely spacious environments. When moving into a dorm room, it is important only to pack the essentials, as space will be at a premium. Unless you are moving to a place with extremely cold temperatures, we recommend packing for the season. Fall can be chilly, so a few sweaters and light jackets aren’t a bad idea. Closet and drawer space will be limited and will most likely be shared with a roommate, so pack light and bring only the necessities.

Most students tend to travel home for the Thanksgiving holiday and during winter break. You can bring back some shorts and summer wear during this break and trade them in for the heavy jackets and snow pants.

What Room Supplies to Bring to Your Dorm Room

While room supplies, of course, vary by person, we have found a few items that almost every college student can’t live without. We recommend coordinating with future roommates so that duplicates aren’t brought. This article omits school supplies and electronics, as you’ve been in school for twelve grades now, and I’m sure you are well aware of the items that work for you and items that don’t.

An easily overlooked essential item you will need in your room is a trash can and recycling bin of some sort. Dorms can get messy, and you will need a container to place trash in to keep your dorm as clean as possible. Bring a desk lamp, as most dorms do not provide any, and some long studious nights may be ahead!

Don't forget to bring bed sheets, a pillow, pillowcase, comforter, and a small room fan. If you have a closet available in the room, some clothes hangers will allow you to save some space in your dresser.

Cleaning Supplies for Your Dorm Room:

The following cleaning supplies can ensure your dorm room is looking and smelling clean.

  • Paper towels

  • Trash bags

  • All-purpose cleaner

  • Dryer sheets

  • Tissues

  • Laundry detergent

  • Laundry Basket

Toiletries for Your Dorm Room:

This is a list of the starting toiletry necessities that you will want to bring with you when you move it, though remember that you will need to shop for more of these toiletry items as the year progresses.

  • Shower shoes or flip flops

  • Soap, shampoo, and conditioner

  • Toothpaste, toothbrush, and floss

  • Towels

  • Tweezers

  • Nail clippers

  • Deodorant

  • Hairstyling products

  • Cologne or perfume

  • Razor and shaving cream

  • Lotion

  • Basic first aid kit

  • Pain medication such as Tylenol and Advil

Appliances for Your Dorm Room

Before packing, check with your college dorm to confirm if these items are allowed in your dorm room.

  • Mini Fridge

  • Microwave

  • Television

  • Gaming System

  • Extension cord

What Not to Bring to College

There are some items you may be told to bring that, in our experience, won’t ever get used. Our smartphones serve many purposes for us, including being our alarm clocks. Though alarm clocks are often mentioned in dorm room essential tips, they no longer serve any purpose. Additionally, nearly all dorm rooms have dryers in the laundry room, meaning you can probably skip bringing your large drying rack.

Moving These Items In

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