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College Dorm Checklist

Use our college dorm checklist to help make sure your new college student has everything (and more) that he or she needs as they make the transition from home to dorm. These are only suggestions, so be sure to check with your student (and the college) about additional needs and wants. We left out the obvious like clothes or specific toiletries. We know you know.

Must Haves

  • Backpack
  • A "bathroom" buddy to carry things to and from the hallway bathroom
  • Laundry basket or hamper
  • Laundry detergent
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Comforter
  • Pillows
  • Sheets and pillowcases
  • Mattress cover
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Cell phone
  • Cell phone charger
  • iPod and headphones
  • Portable music player
  • Laptop and printer
  • Surge protector
  • Electronic storage media (such as CDs/DVDs, memory cards and USB flash drives)
  • Toiletries (just like at home)
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Prescription medications
  • Hair dryer
  • Under bed storage
  • School supplies (paper, notebooks, pens, pencils, highlighters, index cards, stapler and staples)
  • Fridge
  • Lint brush
  • Wastepaper basket
  • Desk lamp
  • Storage bins
  • Alarm clock/radio
  • Paper towels
  • Trash bags
  • Light bulbs
  • Tissue

Might be nice

  • Raingear (boots, umbrella and jacket)
  • TV (with computers today, not really necessary)
  • Microwave
  • Fan
  • Toolkit
  • Camera
  • Sports equipment
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Plastic storage bags
  • Food-storage containers
  • Bowl, plate and cup
  • Coffee mug
  • Silverware
  • Can/bottle opener


August 2012