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College Dorm Room Checklist



Getting ready to move to college can be scary and stressful, but shopping for the dorm room shouldn't be. I have compiled a complete College Dorm Room Checklist to assist you as you navigate the aisles of the super store or order online. Your student most likely won't need or want every item on the list, but the list will help you think about what they should bring. I am shopping right along side you this summer as my son will be a college freshman this fall. And best of all, the list is printable!! Subscribe below the access the list.


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College Dorm Room Checklist


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Dorm Room Bed

Dorm Bathroom

Cleaning Supplies


Food Area


Health and Safety

  • The Best First Aid Kit
  • Prescription medications
  • Health Insurance card
  • Room safe (For jewelry, some prescription drugs, laptops, and other electronics that are easily stolen.)
  • Computer lock (There is a tremendous amount of “opportunity theft” on college campuses. No fun to walk away from a laptop for a second and turn around and it is gone.)
  • Surge protector (Fried electronics are not any fun either.)
  • Flashlight

To Make the Room Comfortable and Personal


Other Practical items

Absolute Must-Haves


The first goal of dorm shopping is to purchase just enough items to comfortably set up a dorm room, but not more than you need. The second goal is to purchase just enough storage items to organize the above items, but not more than you need. Print the College Dorm Room Checklist. Take it with you to the store or use it as you order online.

Some college websites give the exact dimensions of dorm rooms, closets, and any other furniture in the room. If you have this information, take advantage of it, and plan out the room. If not, work with whatever information you have knowing that you can always go to the store or order additional items after you arrive.

If you have taken a child to college, share your advice about what to take, what to leave at home, and how to store it all in the comment section below.

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