Everything You Need to Pack for Your Dorm + Free Printable Checklist!

Everything You Need to Pack for Your College Dorm | Links & Printable Checklist

The summer before your freshman year of college will most likely be your favorite. Not only will you have zero academic responsibilities (unless you put that upon yourself), there will also be this excitement buzzing through you because you’re about to begin a new chapter of your life. Back to school shopping for college is always fun because you get to pick out new decor and furniture for the place that will be your home away from home for the next few months. In this post, I have links & a printable checklist for everything you need to pack for your dorm.

If you’re going dorm shopping, I recommend that you give yourself time to do so. Avoid shopping for everything all at once at the last minute. My favorite stores to go to are Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Amazon just because you can find some really cute things at an affordable price. Several thing that I enjoyed about planning for my dorm was going on Pinterest to find inspiration and hacks and also shopping with my friends. If you need inspo, follow my board on dorm ideas!

Once you start to gather things and pack, be sure to note where you’re putting each item and if you’ve packed it already. It can get confusing because not only are you bringing clothes, but you’re also bringing things for laundry, food, etc. I made a Google spreadsheet and color coded where I put each item in. The reason why I was really particular about this is because I was moving to a school that was 9 hours away by car. I didn’t have the luxury to go home during the weekend and pick up things that I had forgotten.

What you end up bringing to college may not look exactly like the list below. However, the things that I bolded are what I really recommend that you bring with you. For example, the mattress topper is a must have because dorm beds by themselves aren’t comfortable. Having extra padding will help you have better sleep. I hope that this list helps! Be sure to share this with your friends and to scroll down for outfit pictures!

love,
blaze ann

 

Bed

make sure to check the size of the bed in your dorm

Desk

Laundry

Food

  • mini fridge
  • water bottle
  • dish soap and sponge
  • mugs
  • plates/bowls (I brought paper plates/bowls)
  • plastic utensils
  • water filter (I ended up not using this because my school had a filtered water fountain)

Clothes

  • door mirror
  • hangers
  • shoe rack
  • 3 drawer tower/cart
  • casual clothes
  • dressy/going out clothes
  • professional clothes
  • workout clothes
  • pajamas
  • underwear and socks
  • jackets and sweaters
  • swimming suit
  • sneakers
  • dress shoes
  • sandals/flip flops
  • boots
  • sunglasses
  • cap
  • jewelry
  • purses

Bath

  • shower caddy
  • towels
  • shower flip flops
  • towel robe (didn’t use once)
  • shampoo/conditioner
  • body wash/soap
  • face products
  • toothbrush and toothpaste
  • floss
  • mouthwash
  • deodorant
  • make up and remover
  • razor and shaving cream
  • cutips/cotton pads
  • sunscreen
  • flushable wipes
  • nail cutter
  • hygiene products
  • hair products and sprays
  • straightener and curling wand

First Aid

  • band aids
  • antiseptic wipes
  • first aid kit
  • pain killers
  • pepto bismol
  • emergen-c
  • thermometer

Essentials

  • combination lock
  • driver’s license
  • umbrella
  • wallet
  • febreeze

School

  • glue stick
  • index cards
  • loose leaf papers
  • notebooks
  • pencils
  • pens
  • planner
  • printer and ink
  • scissors
  • stapler
  • tape
  • ruler

Electronics

  • calculator
  • ethernet cord
  • extension cords
  • extra batteries
  • flash drives
  • headphones
  • laptop and charger
  • phone and charger
  • portable phone charger
  • power strips
  • camera and charger

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Everything You Need to Pack for Your College Dorm | Links & Printable Checklist

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Everything You Need to Pack for Your College Dorm | Links & Printable Checklist


Outfit details:

Shein Dress (I’m wearing a size medium. Click here to purchase!),

Kate Spade Purse, Kate Spade Watch, Urban Outfitters Sandals

Everything You Need to Pack for Your College Dorm | Links & Printable Checklist

Everything You Need to Pack for Your College Dorm | Links & Printable Checklist

Everything You Need to Pack for Your College Dorm | Links & Printable Checklist

Everything You Need to Pack for Your College Dorm | Links & Printable Checklist

Everything You Need to Pack for Your College Dorm | Links & Printable Checklist