Your Go-To College Dorm Room Checklist

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By: Marie Fincher

August 13, 2015

Get Ready

If you are an incoming freshman ready to begin your first year living in the dorms, you are probably anticipating a big shopping trip to purchase the items that you need. What an exciting time! You’ll enjoy selecting items that will turn your dorm room into a fun and functional living space. Here is the hard part. How do you know what to buy? Sure, there are probably a lot of items that come to mind quite quickly, but are you sure you won’t forget something? Let us help. Simply take this college dorm room checklist with you, and you can be certain that you will get everything that you need in one shopping trip.

The College Dorm Checklist for Freshman

College Dorm Essentials for the Bedroom

____2 Pillows and 2 pillowcases

____2 sets of fitted sheets (check with your school to see if you need special dorm sheets)

____2 sets of regular sheets

____2 comforters, quilts, or blankets

____1 throw or afghan

____1 pair of slippers

____1 mattress cover

____Collapsible laundry hamper

____Under the bed storage containers

Bathroom Supplies for the College Dorm

___1 cosmetics bag/attaché case

___Hair dryer

___Shower curtain

___No slip bath mat

___Tooth brush holder

___Shower Caddy

___Soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion

___Face wash, make up remover, deodorant

___Loofah, wash cloths, hand towels, bath towels

___Shower Cleaner

___Toilet Brush


___Disinfecting bath cleaner

___Toilet Paper

___Tooth paste and tooth brush


___First aid kit

___Hygiene supplies

___Medications (OTC pain relievers, antacids, cough drops, cold medication, etc.)

___Mouth wash

___Hand soap

___Curling iron/Straightener

___Small trash can and trash bags

Kitchen Supplies for the College Dorm

___ Dorm fridge (Check with your school to see if one is needed)

___ Microwave Oven

___Ice Trays

___Microwave safe plates and bowls

___Plastic tumblers


___Food Storage Containers

___Kitchen sized trash can (Check with the school!) and trash can liners

___Freezer bags, plastic wrap, and tin foil.

___Paper towels

___Kitchen spray cleaner

___Mop, broom, and dustpan

___Dish soap

___Dish towels, sponges, scouring pads

___Dish drying rack

___Coffee maker

___Pitcher with lid

___Coffee cups

Dorm Kitchen Supplies – Food

___Coffee grounds

___Tea Bags

___Creamers and sweeteners

___Frozen dinners and pizzas of your choice

___Cold beverages

___Chips and snacks

___Canned soups and pastas

___Bread, peanut butter, meat, cheese, and condiments


___Granola bars, cereal, and milk

___Bagged salad

___Fresh, canned, or frozen fruit

Dorm Necessities for the Living Area

___Television set

___Blu-Ray, DVD Player, or Roku

___Game Console

___Side tables and small coffee table or tv trays

___Throw Pillows

___Bean bag chairs


___Small rug


___Small vacuum cleaner


___Spray Duster


___HDMI cables, chargers, headphones, and spare laptop battery


___Posters and command strips for walls

___Closet organizer

We believe this list will give you a great idea of what to pack for your college dorm. Before you do any shopping, please keep a few things in mind. First, if you have any doubts about whether or not you need an item, or whether or not you are allowed to have that item always check with your school to verify. You do not want to bring anything that is banished or unsafe. Second, please contact your roommate to coordinate purchases. There is no sense in purchasing duplicate items. Finally, remember to enjoy your dorm room experience.

Marie Fincher

While being committed to a number of charitable causes, like volunteering at special events or giving free art lessons to children, Marie doesn’t forget her vocation – writing. She can write about almost anything but has focused on time management, motivation, academic and business writing.