Whether you’re heading to college or sending a child off, pick up these essentials for dorm living.
So you can make that 8 a.m. History class.
Bring your own comforter, sheets, and pillows. You may want to have two sets of linens—laundry tends to pile up! Note: (Most colleges use extra-long twin beds)
Bring just one type of hanger, and your closet will look more orderly.
There’s only so much room in a dorm closet, so pack just enough clothing to make it from one laundry day to the next.
Most colleges have computer labs, but it’s more convenient to have your own laptop. Make sure to bring appropriate software.
Essential for late-night cramming while your roommate is sleeping.
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.
The lighter the better, as you might have a long walk to the laundry room.
You want your room to have a bit of personality, so bring along some artwork and pictures of family and friends.
Great for stowing things under the bed or in a little-used corner.
Bring your own washcloth and towels. Two sets are better than one.
A must-have for the trip to the bathroom.
Shower shoes are essential for anyone who shares a public bathroom.
It’s much easier to transport your toiletries to the bathroom in a handy carrier.
Find out what appliances you are permitted to have (such as a toaster oven), and coordinate with your roommate(s).
Even if you’ll be eating most of your meals in the cafeteria, it’s nice to have these on hand.
Sometimes you need a boost while writing that thesis on chaos theory.
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.
If you require prescription medications, bring enough with you to last until the next time you go home, or make sure that you can refill them at a pharmacy on campus or near the school.