Everything You Need to Pack for Your Dorm + Free 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!

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Trust me. This free college packing list will make packing so much easier for you! Click the button below to receive it directly in your inbox.


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

  • 1 comforter
  • 2 sheets twin xl
  • mattress topper twin xl
    • This is a must have to make your dorm bed more comfy! I’ve linked the one I used and loved below.
  • pillows
  • bedside caddy
  • clip light


  • lamp
  • face mirror
  • alarm clock
  • small fan
  • pencil/paper organizers


  • laundry detergent
  • dryer sheets
  • hamper for clean clothes
  • large bag for dirty clothes
  • iron
  • ironing board
  • air drying rack


  • mini fridge
    • can be shared with your roommate(s)!
  • water bottle
  • dish soap and sponge
  • mugs
  • plates/bowls
    • I brought paper plates/bowls because I had a dining plan
  • utensils
    • I used plastic utensils
  • water filter


  • door mirror
    • can be shared with your roommate(s)!
  • hangers
  • shoe rack
  • 3 drawer tower/cart
    • I used this for extra storage and squeezed one under my desk and one inside my closet.
  • casual clothes
  • dressy/going out clothes
  • professional clothes for interviews
  • workout clothes
  • pajamas
  • underwear and socks
  • jackets and sweaters
  • swim suit
  • sneakers
  • dress shoes
  • sandals/flip flops
  • boots
  • sunglasses
  • cap
  • jewelry
  • purses


  • 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


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


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

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


Trust me. This free college packing list will make packing so much easier for you! Click the button below to receive it directly in your inbox.


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