College Checklist What To Bring
The ultimate college planning list is right here. This printable college checklist is great to have on hand while packing. Just check off dorm items as you buy and pack them, and before you know it, you'll be ready for move in day at college (or boarding school). All of us at American Made Dorm wish you a happy first year!
Your College Dorm Bedding
___A comforter or duvet in Twin XL unless your dorm bed is regular twin or full/double
___Bed pillow(s) - you'll want at least two, one for the sham and one to sleep on
___Twin XL sheet sets - at least 2 sets with deep pockets, especially if you'll use a mattress topper
___Mattress pad with deep pockets and elastic all the way around to stay secure on the mattress
___Memory foam or other topper – at least 1 ¾ inches deep, or more
___Body Pillow, if desired
Extra Room Décor and Necessities
___An area rug to warm up the room or a college logo rug - first thing your feet touch in the morning
___Accent pillows - Lots and lots to accent your bedding!
___A Euro sham or standard sham that can be monogrammed
___Wall art, wall pops message boards or calendars
___Pictures from home
___Storage bins and under-the-bed storage for clothes, sweaters, etc.
___A few tools like a screwdriver plus double sided tacky tape for putting things on the walls
For the Bath
___Towels sets – at least 2 sets
___Washcloths or body scrub brush or loofa
___Flip Flops for the shower
___Laundry bag, preferably lined and waterproof
___Iron (coordinate with your roommate)
For the Closet
___Self Stick hooks for the back of closet door
___Shoe rack or shoe storage
___Under bed storage
___"Closet Curtains" - basically a non-lined curtain with a rod pocket to cover the closet.
Note: Many new dorms today DO NOT have closet doors. It looks unbelievably messy without a closet curtain. Add a simple spring rod and you've got the answer to hiding what's in your messy closet.
___Wall calendar or planner with dry erase marker; message board for your door (leave messages for roomie and friends while you're gone)
___A Bulletin Board - DIY is really popular. Order extra fabric that coordinates or matches your bedding and cover a cork board! We sell fabric by the yard from Premier Prints. Any fabric you see on our website is also available for purchase by the yard. Minimum purchase one yard.
___Tacks or push pins for the bulletin board
___Laptop desk for your computer
___Computer, Ipad, etc.
___Cords, chargers, and cables for your electronics
___Printer (check with your roommate and share)
___A good quality chair for the desk – a great four-year investment for your back!
___Music station + headphones or earbuds
___IPod Docking station or alarm clock/dock combo
___TV (also check with roommate)
___School supplies (you can buy at the bookstore, too)
Extra Stuff to Make Dorm Life Bearable
___Fan for those un-air conditioned rooms
___Coffee pot, if allowed
___Tervis Tumblers for coffee and soft drinks
___Cup, Bowl, Plate, plus a few spoons and forks
___Hot plate, if allowed
___Small Fridge (some campuses rent these)
___Clorox Cleanup Wipes or equivalent
___Mini Vac or Broom or both