Skip to main content

College Dorm Supplies Checklist 2012

It’s exciting to be moving into a new dorm room! Why damper that excitement by discovering that you’ve forgotten something essential? Make a list of items to take to make sure you have what you want and need.

Here are some suggestions for what to take with you to the dorm, from the everyday thing to things you may not have thought of!

Desk Supplies

You’re here to study so make sure that the desk supplies you need are with you. The first day is a bad time to start borrowing your roommate’s supplies! Typical things in this list include:

- Pens, pencils, erasers
- Stapler, staples, ruler, scissors
- Paper clips, rubber bands
- Notebooks, paper, file folders

Taking a laptop? Make sure to take an extension cord. Also, a multi plug adapter that plugs into an outlet and gives you 4-6 plugins is helpful. You’ll need a place to plug in your desk lamp, laptop, music system and cell phone charger!

A small travel printer is handy for those late night homework printing needs. Take extra printer cartridges with you, too.

A calculator is nice to have, specially if it’s solar powered. If not, take extra batteries. Preferably rechargeable batteries, and the charger to go with them.

Laundry, Bath and Shower Supplies

- Laundry detergent, dryer sheets, laundry bag or basket
- Bathrobe, flip flops, shower and bath items in a bag
- Towels and washcloths
- Favorite pillow, twin xl sheets, blanket
- Take enough supplies like shampoo, soap and toothpaste to last the first week. Then purchase small quantities to reduce the amount of storage that big bottles take up in the room.


Take a good desk lamp. It will get used a lot! And also take a small reading light to use when your roommate is asleep and you need a little more light to read.

Dorm rooms may have minimal lighting so a good floor lamp could be helpful.


Look for ways to maximize the storage space in your room.

- Use boxes that fit under the bed to store items you may not use everyday. Just remember what you put there since it will be out of sight!
- Find fold-able shelving that can be easily moved and stored when not in use


There are a few useful items that can make you a valuable resource to other people in the dorm.

- Small tool kit with extra parts (nails, screws, etc.)
- Duct tape - a definite must have!
- Basic first aid supplies

Expect to forget something on your list. Make it your goal to have what you absolutely need for the first couple of days at the dorm. Each day make a note of items you need. This way you can have a good start in your dorm life focusing on your classes and not on the fact that you forgot your favorite pillow!


Popular posts from this blog

Adjustable Split King Beds: 2 Twin Extra-Long Size Beds Combined

On the surface, the answer to "What is a split king mattress?" may seem quite simple -- but there are several different types of split king beds to choose from. No matter what your budget or your particular circumstances, there is a split king that will suit you just perfectly. Why Are Split Kings Made?   A split king is made as a solution for comfortable sleeping for a couple. The bed is divided into two sections so that each person has their own customized side of the bed. This would allow for one person to have a firm mattress while the other person has a soft one, or for one person to have an electric blanket while the other one can sleep blissfully in the chilly night air that they prefer. Sometimes a split king is made for people with medical issues so that the person needing specific medical bedding -- like a bed that sits up and reclines automatically for example -- can have it on their own side but not on the side of the person who is not in need

Social Media in College

Social media and college almost go hand in hand. There are a few college courses that even use social media sites like Twitter and Facebook to start discussion pages and post content related to class. College age kids use social media a lot.

History of The College Dorm Room

For centuries now, the college experience has long been associated with living in dormitories. From the first university in the United States the modern colleges and universities of today, students have had the opportunity and experience of living with one another at a pivotal time in their lives. All students in dorms are relatively young, typically between 18 and 23 years old, and all of them have a goal of getting a degree in mind. It's an experience that defines those first moments in an adult life, and that helps students learn the importance of responsibility, the benefit of independence and the joys of student camaraderie. However, while the general experience has remained the same, the dorms themselves have changed a lot over the years. From the archaic and cold buildings that were built hundreds of years ago to the modern dorms of today that more closely resemble resorts, the style and feel of college dorms has continued to change over time. The Very Fi