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Back to School 2020: College Dorm Packing Checklist

Follow this list to help ensure you've packed all the essentials without over packing.

The Fastweb Team

June 29, 2020

Our back to school college dorm packing list, Coronavirus essentials included.
Back to School 2020: College Dorm Packing Checklist
By now, you've probably started to think about dorm room ideas and packing for college. While it's easy to get overwhelmed, remember that you're just going to college – not Mars. Packing for your dorm room is like walking a fine line – there is a very high chance that you’ll be over- or under-prepared. After all, we always remember those dorm rooms to be bigger than they actually were. Maybe that’s just wishful thinking. In hopes to help with the process, here's a college dorm packing checklist, which includes those must-have items you need for Coronavirus cleaning in your dorm room. Follow this college packing list to help ensure you've packed all the essentials without over packing. You can also download the checklist here. Looking for more COVID-19 student-impact information? Find it here.
Always Ask First!
Before bringing any of the following items, contact your school's housing office and ask about the rules and regulations within the residence halls. Many schools don't allow things such as: • Halogen bulbs and/or lamps
• Hotplates, skillets, toasters, toaster ovens, InstantPots/pressure cookers
• Air conditioners
• Extension cords
• Candles
• Pets
• Nail picture hangers

Bedroom

Comforter/Bedspread
Pillows
Sheets (Check to see if they need to be a special size)
Bed risers (If your bed isn't a loft)
Desk/Bed lamp
Book light
Hangers
Crates or stacking storage containers
Microwave (If allowed in room)
Mini-Refrigerator (If allowed in room)
TV/DVD Player
Fan
Stereo/Speakers
Shelving
Facial Tissues
Laundry basket/bag
Laundry detergent
Stain remover
Rolls of quarters (If necessary for laundry)
Dryer sheets
Paper plates and cups
Cups, dishes & silverware for in-room snacks
Reusable water bottle
Reusable coffee mug
Plastic containers with lids for snacks (Bugs, otherwise!)
Delicious snacks

Personal Care

Shower caddy
Shampoo/conditioner
Soap/body wash
Shower pouf/loofah
Towels (Bath, face, washcloths)
Shower shoes
Bathrobe
Deodorant
Body lotion
Shaving Cream / Razors
Make-up
Band-Aids
Feminine Products
Cold and pain medicine
Hair dryer (Straightener, Curling Iron)
Hairbrush/comb
Cotton swabs, cotton balls, etc.
Sewing kit (with safety pins)
Lint brush
Wrinkle release

Other Fun Items to Consider:

Video Game Console/Games
Posters/art
Framed photos with family, friends, roommates
Dry erase board (For messages from friends)
Deck of cards, Board Games

Apparel

Comfortable clothes/shoes for class
1 interview outfit
1 dressy outfit (For formal events)
Work out clothing/shoes
1 bathing suit/beach towel
Light jacket for early fall/spring
Raincoat, rain boots, umbrella
Slippers
Winter coat
Winter hat, scarf, gloves, boots

School, Computer & Tech

Computer/laptop
Computer/laptop case
Wireless mouse
Mousepad
Keyboard
Lap desk
iPod/MP3 Player
Stereo/Speakers
Tablet or E-reader
Blank discs or drives for the computer labs
Desk organizer
Binders, folders
Printer
Printer and ink cartridges
Printer paper
Pens, pencils
Highlighters
Dictionary/ Thesaurus (Apps work, too!)
Backpack or messenger bag
Calculator
Day planner
White-out
Post-It notes
Scissors
Three-hole punch
Tape
Ruler
Stapler
Paper/binder clips
Rubber bands
Extra Phone Charger(s)

Handy Things to Have

Area maps
Safe with a lock (For valuables)
Envelopes/Stamps
Flashlight
Toolbox/Basic tool set
Batteries
Weekend bag or small suitcase
Extra Power strip(s)
Extra Extension cord(s)
Poster putty for hanging up decorations (Most schools don't allow nails)
Stepladder

Bathroom

Bathroom rug
Shower/bath mat
Shower curtain
Shower curtain/tension rod
Shower curtain hooks
Towel hooks
Shelves
Full-length mirror
Air freshener
Toilet brush
Toilet cleaner
Plunger

Cleaning Supplies

Rags, sponges, scrub-brushes
Swiffer/Swiffer pads
Mini Vacuum
Rubber gloves
Dish soap
Dish brush
Dish rack/drying mat
Febreze/Fabric refresher

COVID Cleaning Supplies

Face coverings/masks
Hand sanitizer
Disinfectant wipes
Disinfectant spray
Paper towels
Disposable gloves
Hand soap
No-touch trash can
College Dorm Checklist: Download PDF Note: Even though you can usually get school supplies on campus, it's often cheaper to buy it during the back-to-school sales at off-campus stores. That being said, don’t freak out if you forget something you need that’s on the above college planning checklist. Even if you’re far from home, there’s nothing you can’t get exactly where you are. You can usually even find a lot of student necessities on campus. However, if you can’t find those forgotten essential items on campus, look to the nearby town. Finally, if you forget an important item you cannot replace with a store-bought item (something sentimental or a favorite shirt, for example) and you’re too far away from home to head back, you can always kindly ask your parents, siblings or other family members to ship the item(s) directly to your dorm address. Moving to college for the first time is a huge step in any student’s life. Preparation and planning play a key role to an easy transition. The less you worry about things other than your new academic schedule and finding your place on campus, the better.

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