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The Essential College Dorm - A Checklist for the College Freshman

You are about to make the exciting transition to college. First of all, congratulations! And second, are you ready? Before you make the move out from under your parents’ wings, you might have some shopping and packing to do.

As you decide which items to bring with you and which items to leave at home, consider the six important aspects of college life: sleep, wash, eat, study, entertain and organize (well, at least some of these will apply to your life in college). We’ve broken down our dorm room checklist based on function. Happy packing.

• Twin sheets (extra long)
• Blankets
• Comforter and duvet cover
• Pillows
• Mattress pad
• Alarm clock

• Towels and washcloths
• Shower caddy
• Shampoo and conditioner
• Body wash and face soap
• Razor and shaving cream
• Shower shoes
• Drying rack
• Toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss
• Hairbrush or comb
• Hairstyling products
• Hair dryer
• Tweezers
• Nail clippers
• Cotton swabs
• Tissues
• Lotion or moisturizer
• Laundry basket or bag
• Laundry detergent and stain remover
• Dryer sheets
• Lint brush
• Iron and mini ironing board
• Dish and hand soap
• Portable vacuum
• Broom
• Mop
• Trash can

• Plates
• Utensils
• Cups
• Chip clips
• Can and bottle openers
• Coffee maker
• Blender
• Storage containers
• George Foreman Grill
• Microwave
• Mini fridge

• Book bag
• Notebook paper
• Binders and folders
• Pens and pencils
• Highlighters
• Index cards
• Ruler
• Agenda or assignment book
• Dictionary and thesaurus
• Stapler
• Tape
• Scissors
• Paper clips
• Rubber bands
• Sticky notes
• Envelopes and stamps
• Desk lamp
• Surge protectors
• Computer
• Printer
• Memory stick
• Lap desk

• Stereo
• Mp3 player
• Headphones
• Television
• DVD/VCR player
• Extension cords
• Camera
• Telephone
• Answering machine
• Posters
• Sticky putty picture frames
• Dry erase wall calendar
• Fan
• Lounging chairs

• Storage boxes
• Bookcase
• Drawer organizers
• Message board or bulletin board
• Hooks
• Hangers
• Hanging door mirror
• Flashlight
• Batteries
• Area rug
• Toolkit

What to Leave at Home
• (these items vary with different schools)
• Incense
• Candles
• Halogen lamps
• Toaster
• Pets (other than fish)
• Weapons of any kind
• Window air conditioner units
• Space heaters

Since everyone’s needs are different, you may need to modify this list to suit your requirements. Also, check with your school for suggestions and restrictions specific to your dormitory.

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