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What's something that I should bring to my college dorm that people wouldn't think to bring?

Asked Charlotte, North Carolina

Going to be going to college in the Fall (of course)! I have a history of being unprepared and want to make my first year as stress free as possible.

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Claire’s Answer

Updated New York, New York

Hi Angelina,


Congrats on going to college! I've attached a super helpful checklist of what you might need to move into a college dorm. One of the things that I think was very important to have was a water heater because I was able to make coffee, oatmeal, etc. with it and a bedside lamp so I could turn the big light off but still read or work.


Your college Dorm and Residence Life department might also have a list of items they provide for free, such as a dresser, or for lease, such as a microwave. These are different at every school, so I would double check with them as well.

Claire recommends the following next steps:

  • https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/get-in/making-a-decision/off-to-college-checklist

Katie’s Answer

Updated Baltimore, Maryland
To make moving in and out of the dorms easier, I suggest a convertible hand truck that will also function as a push cart. For most of my moves, I was able to get all belongings in just two trips from my car to the room. It was easy to store under my bed, and I used it for years after college.

Tracey’s Answer

Updated Hallandale Beach, Florida
Hi Angelina, Congrats on going to college. It will be one of the most important and memorable times in your life. A few tips on being prepared would be to check out packing lists for colleges dorms online. Most times Target and Bed, Bath & Beyond put out lists around May as well but researching online from now would put you ahead of your peers because you can actually starting getting the items you need. You will be just fine. Best of luck to you.