Preparing for college can be overwhelming. Thinking of absolutely everything you will need once you get there can be exhausting. With this list, though, you should have everything you need to enjoy your college dorm room as a home away from home.
Towels- Bring multiples because doing laundry is not a college student’s priority!
Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, razors, a loofa, washcloths, and shower shoes are obvious essentials for any college student. A bath robe is also nice to travel to and from the shower in.
One idea that can be useful is to have a shower tote to put items in such as clothing, undergarments, or lotion. This would be the tote you will keep outside the shower. These are available at places such as Bed, Bath, & Beyond. They are meant to take with you in the bathroom, which means they can get wet, but shouldn’t be taken inside the shower with you. You then could use a shower caddy inside the shower, which is a plastic container with holes in it that will hold everything you will need while in the shower.
Dorm Decorating Items
Command hooks are vital if you want to hang anything because duct tape and nails are usually not allowed in dorm rooms. Remember to bring items such as posters, picture frames, pictures, curtains, a curtain rod, a mirror, and a calendar. Bring poster tack to hang the posters as well, because command hooks may rip the posters when you try to take them down.
Make sure you bring an alarm clock, pillows, pillow cases, blankets, a comforter, and at least two sets of sheets. As I said earlier, college students do not enjoy doing laundry, so having extras is always a good idea! If you sleep with an eye mask, make sure you have at least one of those packed.
Bed risers are also a life-saver! They give you plenty of extra storage space underneath the bed and can be found at Walmart. A mattress pad will also be a great benefit because dorm room mattresses can ruin what little sleep college students manage to get!
Don’t forget items such as your laptop, a backpack, pens and pencils, plenty of paper, a flash drive, white-out, note cards, highlighters, folders, a stapler with staples, paper clips, and a printer with printer paper.
A laptop and printer are not absolutely necessary, but are a good idea if you are not the type of person who enjoys studying in the library or if you prefer writing papers at 3 in the morning. Another nice item to have is an ID holder. Most colleges require students to carry an ID and many bookstores sell ID holders which can attach to a keychain so they are not lost.
Some of these items are obvious such as clothing, shoes, hangers, make-up, snacks, a television, DVD player, a phone charger, deodorant, perfume/ cologne, or hand sanitizer. Other items may include rain boots, tissues, air freshener, toilet paper and soap if your dorm does not supply it, a piggy bank, a refrigerator, a microwave, a flashlight, a lint roller, a hair dryer, hairspray, a hairbrush, a straightener, chip clips, and a plastic container to store food in.
Kitchen items such as plates, napkins, cups, forks, and spoons are also useful items to keep around. Dish soap and a sponge can come in handy too. Laundry items like detergent, dryer sheets, and a laundry basket are also needed.
One thing that can come in extremely handy is a medicine cabinet. Keep things such as cold medicine, alcohol and peroxide, cotton balls, band-aids, pain relievers, Benadryl, and insurance information in this cabinet or container. Being sick can be difficult when you are far from home, so it is best to be prepared and to know where to find everything you need.
You may think of other things, but this list will at least make you comfortable during your first few weeks in your new college dorm room!