What do I need for my college dorm room?

Dorm Living: Bathroom Items

You will need all of the toiletries you normally use at home. Add shower shoes and a bathroom caddy and you will be set for the communal type bathroom. If you have a private bathroom, you may need to bring your own shower curtain. Since your towels will be hanging in your room, coordinate them with your bedding. Be aware that extra fluffy towels can be difficult to dry and use lots of quarters on laundry day. Collect common items such as a thermometer, aspirin, band-aids, and cold remedies to make your personal medicine cabinet.

Organizing for Dorm Living

When organizing for your move from home to the dormitory make a checklist of what you need. Communicate with your roommate to keep from duplicating larger items. Lable your belonging with your name and make a list of serial numbers on electronic devices. Check items off when they are packed to go to school and again when you pack to move out of your dorm.

Dorm Living: Cleaning Supplies

Not only will you need laundry supplies such detergent, bleach and softener, but you will need a laundry basket, hangers, and a roll of quarters. For cleaning your dorm room you will need paper towels and glass and surface cleaners. Mops, brooms, and vacuums are often available for check out in the dorm, but you might want your own small hand broom and dustpan.

Dorm Living: Odds and Ends

Plastic totes that fit under the bed are handy for storing items that don't fit in your closet or chest of drawers.
An over the door clothes hangar will expand your hanging capabilities.
Posters and family pictures dress up your room.
A tool kit complete with duct tape, screwdriver and hammer helps solve many problems.
Many dorms allow students to free up precious floor space by building lofts for their beds. The housing office often supplies the directions or the sets may be purchased from upper classmen as they move out of the dorm.

Dorm Living: Electronics

Most dorm rooms provide phone service and the phone jack, but you will need to provide the phone. Personal computers are very helpful, but most campuses have computer labs within or near the dorms for student use. If you bring your stereo system or TV, be a good neighbor and also bring your headphones. Other helpful items include extension cords, surge protectors, electric strips, alarm clock, and calculator.

Dorm Living: Clothes

Dorm closets are notoriously small. Take only the clothes you like to wear. (If you don't like it you won't wear it.) Casual wear will be appropriate for classes and most college activities. If you will be able to go home occasionally, pack for one season and switch out clothes for the next season when you go home. You can span any seasonal gap by layering clothes. Remember your rain gear. Bring a small sewing kit for sewing on buttons or making repairs. Check with your dorm about communal irons and ironing boards. If they are not available you will need an iron. Your bed or a sleeve board can take the place of a full sized ironing board.

Dorm Living: Bedding

Most dorms have extra-long twin sized beds. For the best fit get the extra-long twin sheets. (Full sized sheets will work, but take extra time and effort to stay neat.) You will also need your personal pillows and covers. Find a bed ensemble that you like and decorate your room around it. You will spend a lot of time in your dorm room, make it comfortable and visually inviting.

Dorm Living: Kitchen supplies

Essentials for your dorm room kitchen include: silverware, plates, glasses, bowls, paring knife and a can opener. Then you need something to heat water, such as an immersion heater, a coffee pot or microwave oven. Your grocery list will depend upon your cooking and storage capabilities. Many dorm dwellers are opting to have a personal refrigerator. Check with your roommate before investing in a ‘fridge or microwave to avoid duplication. Even the most basic pantry will include dry soups and drinks, which can be mixed with hot water to make a meal.

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