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Packing for College | What to Take with You to Your College Dorm

According to the to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than three million students graduate high school annually, and over 65% of them go on to pursue a college degree. If you’re one of those students who will be moving out of your parents’ house for the first time, you might feel a bit overwhelmed at the prospect of relocating.

As you pack for college, you’ll need to consider what to take with you to your new college dorm. Dormstormer.com reports that the average dorm room size is less than 130 square feet – and you’ll probably have to share that space with a roommate. Your dorm room will have to serve as your bedroom, kitchen, and living room all at once. If you currently have a large bedroom with a lot of stuff, this means you’ll need to downsize before your move. While you don’t need to take everything you own, there are seven categories of things you need to make sure you pack for your move to college:

1. Clothes

Your college relocation is an excellent time to get rid of any clothes that don’t fit anymore or are so out of style you won’t likely wear them again. Donate these clothes to charity or pass them off to a younger sibling. You can also set aside and store clothes that do not suit the climate of your new campus. If you are moving from New York to Georgia, for instance, you probably won’t need that full-body snowsuit.

Once you’ve pared down your wardrobe, pack the essentials:

  • Socks and underwear
  • Jeans and shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Footwear (workout shoes, dress shoes, and everyday shoes; sandals for warmer climates, boots for colder climates; rainboots for wet climates)
  • One formal or professional outfit (for formal socials, church, and job interviews)
  • Hangers (to save space by hanging as many of your clothes as you can in your closet)
  • Outerwear (coats and jackets; pack one season at a time if you are home between seasons)
  • Sleep clothes
  • Exercise clothes
  • Sweatshirts and sweaters
  • Umbrella, sunglasses, hats, and other practical accessories

2. School Supplies

Your parents may have bought your school supplies in middle and high school, but if you haven’t already, it’s time for you to take charge of this responsibility. You’ll need to assemble a set of school supplies. You can buy these at college and save yourself the trouble of moving them, but if you already have any of the following, be sure to pack them:

  • A sturdy backpack
  • Pens, pencils, and highlighters
  • A planner (if you have a phone, you might want to use an app instead)
  • A ruler and, if needed for your major, a compass, and protractor
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Tape
  • Notebooks
  • Binders and notebook paper
  • Binder clips (which can also be used to reseal open bags)
  • Correction tape or fluid
  • Dry erase board and markers (this makes an excellent message or reminder system for your dorm room)
  • Index cards (for preparing notes for presentations or studying)
  • Sticky notes

3. Electronics and Accessories

There are a few electronics that are essential for any dorm room:

  • Laptop or desktop computer (a printer is optional, as you will likely have access to one in a computer lab)
  • Personal electronics such as your cell phone, tablet, and eReader
  • Chargers for your personal electronics
  • Power strip (you won’t likely have a lot of outlets)
  • Electric fan (for warmer climates) or space heater (for colder ones)
  • Mini refrigerator (check Craigslist for a cheap one if you don’t have one)
  • Computer accessories (cables, mouse, mousepad, etc.)
  • Microwave
  • Coffee pot (if you’re a coffee drinker)

These days there’s no need for a TV in a dorm room as you can watch media on your computer or personal devices. Make sure to coordinate with your roommate about the television and other appliances. For example, one of you might be able to bring a microwave while the other purchases the minifridge.

4. Toiletries and bath supplies

Don’t forget to pack a bathroom starter kit with:

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Soap
  • Lotion
  • Nail clippers
  • Razors
  • Deodorant
  • Makeup
  • Hairdryer

You’ll probably be sharing a bathroom with several other people, so in addition to the usual supplies, you’ll want:

  • Bathroom shoes (flip flops work)
  • A bathrobe

5. Linens

Essential linens include:

  • Two sets of sheets (so you can put one on while you wash one)
  • Blankets
  • Pillow and pillowcases
  • Two towels
  • Two washcloths
  • A mattress protector

6. Cleaning supplies

College dorms can get stinky, so you’ll probably want an air freshener. Also bring sponges, a Swiffer or small vacuum for cleaning your floor, paper towels, and dish soap. Don’t forget a laundry basket for your clothes.

7. Kitchen supplies

Keep it simple. Bring a microwave-safe bowl, mug, and plate and some cutlery. You’ll also want a bottle opener, can opener, reusable water bottle, and travel mug.

Once you’ve purchased the necessities and packed everything you’ll need at school, you might want to schedule college movers to assist with moving into your dorm room. Great Guys can help you find the affordable movers you need to make the transition to college easy, whether you’re moving a short distance or moving across the country. For a free moving quote, contact us now!

 

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