So many exciting questions when you’re heading off to college and living in the dorms for the first time — what to bring? What to wear? How much pizza is too much??? But don’t worry, DYD has your back!
1. Alarm clock
So you can make that 8 a.m. biology class. Always good to have an extra in case you sleep through your phone’s alarm!
Find out what appliances you are permitted to have (such as a toaster oven), and coordinate with your roommate(s).
3. Bath linens
Bring your own washcloth and towels. Two sets are better than one.
A must-have for the trip to the bathroom.
5. Bed linens
Bring your own comforter, sheets, and pillow(s). You may want to have two sets of linens—laundry tends to pile up! Note: Check whether the dorms have regular twin or extra-long twin beds.
6. Bed risers
A critical item to fit more stuff in your room, under your bed, and remove clutter!
7. Clothes hangers
Bring just one type of hanger, and your closet will look more orderly.
Most colleges have computer labs, but it’s more convenient to have your own laptop & get your work done in the comfort of your dorm.
9. Desk lamp
Essential for late-night cramming while your roommate is sleeping.
10. Dishes, glasses, and utensils
Even if you’ll be eating most of your meals in the cafeteria, it’s nice to have these on hand.
Shower shoes are essential for anyone who shares a public bathroom.
Make your room the hang out spot! Considering investing into some furniture items like a futon, beanbag, butterfly chairs, etc.
13. Important papers
Be sure to pack any important documents or ID cards you may need, such as a driver’s license, registration forms, and financial-aid forms. If you plan to get a job, bring a copy of your birth certificate as proof of age.
14. Laundry basket
The lighter the better, as you might have a long walk to the laundry room.
15. Posters, pictures, and other decorations
You want your room to have a bit of personality, so bring along some artwork and pictures of family and friends.
16. Shower tote
It’s much easier to transport your toiletries to the bathroom in a handy carrier.
Sometimes you need a boost while writing that thesis on chaos theory.
18. Storage boxes and stackable crates
Great for stowing things under the bed or in a little-used corner.
19. Television, speakers & music player
They can’t be too large or powerful if you’ll be sharing a room with others. Contact your roommate(s) before moving in and coordinate who will bring what.