What Are You Taking To College?

Deciding on what to take to college can be a hassle…

There are a lot of different opinions on what you should and shouldn’t take with you to college. With two back-to-back semesters ahead of you, it all comes down to your budget and determining what you have to have versus what you’d like to have.

To make it easy for you, we’ve done the research and found the… 


  1. Power strips (surge protectors and extension chords). You’re going to be sharing a room with someone, and your space is already limited. This means the outlets in your room are limited too. Generally, there are 3-4 per room. When you factor in your cell phone, laptop, alarm clock, and add a couple of lamps into the mix – then you’ve pretty much used them all up without having stepped into the room yet. Since you’ll be sharing a room, do yourself a favor and bring at least 1 surge protector and 1 extension chord. 
  2. Organizers. Between books, papers and class packets, your paperwork and work space can become a nightmare. Having a way to keep it all organized will guarantee more time to focus and prevent you from losing your work. 
  3. Headphones. Living in a small space with another person or more than one person isn’t ideal. Having a way to tune out the noise will keep you focused and give you down time during those all night study sessions. 
  4. Ear plugs. If your room mate is a night owl, a great way to prevent from having your sleep disrupted is to simply block out the noise. 
  5. Quarters. We know what you’re thinking =0) and no, not for that, silly! Although they can come in handy for other reasons, our main suggestion here is for your dirty drawers. Yup -you know, the clothes you wear every day? They have to get washed sometime. Having a quarter jar will come in handy for those boring laundry days. 
  6. Bedding supplies. Unless you’re attending a super snazzy college, most dorms don’t come with bedding. Look to buy bedding for a twin size mattress. 
  7. Shelf space. Dorms come with about 2-3 pieces of furniture. 2 Beds, 2 desks and maybe a night stand if you’re lucky. Having shelf space to store your books, clothes or shoes will keep your stuff organized and separated from the people you room with. 
  8. Bathroom tote. I’m pretty sure you don’t want to run through the halls with both hands full of soap and the miscellaneous objects that you use to get yourself clean. Get a bag; it’ll keep you from slipping on anything in the shower in those ‘odd’ moments.  
  9. Robe & 3 towels. Why three, you ask? Well, Einstein – if you’re going to take a shower at least once a day you may need a few extra towels. The extra towels will come in handy with your laundry routine and weekly budget. Having more than one will provide you with options over the course of each week!
  10. Chair it. Whether it is a fold up papasan chair or a bean bag, bring one to college with you. Space might be limited but if you have friends over, there are only so many butts that can fit on your bed before the party is no longer ideal or considered fun. 

Taking it a step farther, below are a few different checklists you can use so you don’t have to start from scratch when going through what to bring and what not to bring to college with you…

The Dorm Essentials Checklist found on the eCampus’ Blog.

The Campus Checklist created by Bed Bath & Beyond.

The College Checklist by Container Store College Checklist

With all of the stuff you’re planning on buying, you may need help getting it all to college. Since that’s most likely the case, keep us in mind when you need a service provider to ship your items to college for you. Right now we currently have a ship to college promotion. Mention this blog post when you call in or if you sign up online you can get a $10 OFF Ship To College coupon with code: SAVEME$10. 

As a Dorm Room Movers Author, feel free to leave your comments and good luck with all of your shopping!  



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