Dorm room packing made easy: A guided list of what to bring

As third quarter comes to an end and seniors at McNicholas prepare for the next phase of life, the extensive changes that accompany the shift into college life can be intimidating. One of said changes is the transition from living at home to living in a dorm or apartment. It can be difficult to discern what you will need to take with you if you are moving away. The following is a compiled list, broken up into ten categories, to help alleviate stress surrounding the dorm room packing process and offer suggestion as to what to bring with if you move out next fall.

DORM PACKING CHECK LIST:

CLOTHING:

  • Athletic shorts
  • Casual shirts
  • Casual T-shirts
  • Sweatpants
  • Work-out clothing
  • Jeans
  • Casual shorts
  • One or two formal outfits
  • Socks, underwear, etc.
  • A couple pairs of often worn shoes
  • Rain coat
  • Sweatshirts
  • Coat

SCHOOL SUPPLIES:

  • Binders
  • Notebooks
  • Printer paper
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Three hole punch
  • Highlighters
  • Sticky notes
  • Whiteout
  • Planner
  • Backpack

FOOD SUPPLIES:

  • 2 bowls
  • 2 plates
  • 2 cups
  • 2 forks
  • 2 spoons
  • 2 knives
  • Paper towels
  • Ziploc bags
  • Tupperware
  • A couple of water bottles
  • A couple of mugs
  • *SNACKS*
  • (optional) a coffee machine

BATH AND TOILETRIES:

  • Shower caddie
  • Toothbrush/ toothpaste
  • Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, shave gel
  • Facial skin care (and frequently worn makeup)
  • Flip flops
  • A couple towels
  • Q-tips
  • Hairbrush (and any irons that are frequently needed and an abundance of hairties)
  • Lotion
  • Perfume/ cologne
  • Deodorant
  • Razor
  • Tweezers
  • Chap stick
  • Medications

CLEANING SUPPLIES:

  • Clorox wipes
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dish soap
  • Sponge
  • Tide stain stick
  • Hand soap
  • Hand held vacuum cleaner

ELECTRONICS:

  • Phone
  • Phone charger
  • Computer
  • Computer charger
  • Power strip
  • Earbuds
  • Extension chord
  • Lamps
  • Speaker
  • Fan
  • (optional) TV
  • (optional) essential oil diffuser

STORAGE:

  • Hangers
  • Hamper
  • Storage bins (to be kept under the bed)
  • Pencil cup
  • Desk organizer

BEDDING:

  • Comforter
  • Pillows
  • Sheets
  • 2 extra throw blankets
  • (optional) decorative pillows
  • (optional) step stool
  • (optional) extra-long bed skirt

DECORATIONS (OPTIONAL):

  • Lights
  • Area rug
  • Small plants
  • Full mirror
  • Comfy chair
  • Pictures of friends and family
  • Small desk mirror

MISCELLANEOUS:

  • Command hooks
  • Wallet
  • Purses/ bags
  • USB
  • Lap desk
  • Batteries
  • Umbrella
  • Kleenex
  • Health insurance card
  • Cold medicine
  • Books
  • Art supplies

dorm stuff


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