The Top Ten Essentials to Bring to College

It is that time of year when students start their migration to college. The car, truck or van is loaded with everything a person would want to have in college. But do they have the right stuff? Did they bring too much stuff? It is essential that a student has everything they need for making their dorm neat and comfortable and school experience easier but to be clutter free. Most dorm rooms are small and are shared by at least one roommate. So space is at premium in a dorm room. 


* Bring comfortable clothes that suit the environment and seasonal changes. Some dressy clothes are in order, but on the whole jeans and t-shirts are the common uniform worn by most college students. A few of your favorite T’s should be brought, but make note that the preferred all-a-round T-shirts are the ones with your college logo on them. So don’t go out and buy new clothes, wait until you get to college first and buy them at the bookstores and college merchandise stores. Do bring plenty of blue jeans, underwear, socks, washcloths and towels, as you probably won’t be washing your clothes as much as you would at home. Students have been known to bring a month’s worth of underwear and socks just so they won’t have to wash their clothes as often.

* A carrying case or crate to put your personal hygiene products in, such as shampoos, soaps, deodorants, etc. You probably will be sharing your bathroom with at least one other person, more likely with several others. You will not be able to leave your stuff in the bathroom like at home. Flip flops or shower shoes will be needed to protect your feet from any fungus that may be in the shower stalls or bathroom floors. A can of spray disinfectant will be a great added addition.

* A few extra power strips, adapters and quality extension cords will help you to hook up all your electronics. It will save you time and money to have them on hand right from the beginning.

* A few personal things to decorate your portion of the room that will make you feel at home. Bring a few of your favorites; a stuffed animal or two, pajamas, favorite pillows, blankets, comforter, books, poster, movies, CDs, and pictures.

* A list of emergency numbers and information about you in a separate and visible container. You never know what can happen, so it is best to have the information where someone can find it easily.

* Cleaning supplies, broom and dirt pan, mop, sponges and cleaning clothes will be needed, because you don’t have maid service. If you have a rug, get a small upright vacuum cleaner or a hand held vac. You will be glad you did, as dorm rooms and bathrooms get very dirty fast.

* Fixing and putting things together supplies such as; duct tape, screwdrivers, hammer, thumbtacks, pliers, glue, and a container to keep it all in.

* Stack-able containers or crates to store your extra things in and be organized. You want a place for everything and since a dorm room has limited space and storage, any stack-able storage units will be handy to have.

* Hangers, over the door hooks, adhesive back hooks and other things to hang stuff like your clothes and wet towels. They will help keep your dorm room picked up and neat.

* Vitamins and medications along with prescriptions from your doctor if needed. Stay healthy in college. Even with medical insurance, co-pays and deductibles add up fast when you end up having costly medical procedures.

Since most college dorms now offer small refrigerators and microwaves to rent, it is best to use them instead of buying and bringing your own. A computer is convenient to have, but colleges have computer rooms to do your work in. Take advantage of them, if you cannot afford one for yourself.

Bring only what is necessary to survive the first semester, you can always bring back more things that you feel you need when winter break is over. But make your part of the dorm room comfortable and neat. It will be easier to live in a small room with roommates and easier to keep yourself organized for school. Colleges usually send a list of necessary things for a student to bring and what not to bring. Make sure you follow their guidelines.