Are you stressing about what to bring to college with you this fall? Are you worried that you’ll leave something behind and your life will be over as you go back to school?
You don’t need to worry any longer! You’ll find all of the help you need here when it comes to deciding what to bring to college and what you can’t leave off your college dorm checklist.
A few years ago I put together a piece on college dorm room essentials. This post ended up being much more popular than I expected it to be. Little did I know how many students are looking for what to bring for college.
Let’s go over the original college dorm room essentials that I included the first time around:
- Coffee maker.
- Can opener.
- Mini fridge.
- Desk lamp.
- TV w/ dvd player.
- USB stick.
While my list was pretty extensive at the time, I missed a few key items and you guys missed out on a few items to bring for college. I then updated my college dorm checklist with what you guys had to add.
What did the readers add to this college dorm checklist?
Una wrote in:
My dorm had a common room with a TV, DVD-player and kitchen (including microwave, kettle and fridge). I used the common room TV or my laptop form all my TV/movie needs (besides, TV’s are time drains). We were also not allowed to bring microwaves, hotplate or anything of the sort, and I never needed it because there were some in the common area that I could use. I did get a mini fridge though, as food in the common room fridge would consequently be eaten by drunken floormates. I also never needed quarters for laundry, as we had a pre-paid card system.
Stuff I really recommend bringing to college with you:
- Two sets of sheets.
- Printer (I don’t think I would have saved anything by printing at the library – plus I could print and run, instead of lining up for a computer to print from).
- Comfy chair/bean bag chair/futon – if you want to hang out in your room too – also great for doing your first read-throughs).
- Posters, pictures and keepsakes..
Stephanie added in some more items to the college dorm checklist:
Always check to see what’s allowed in your dorm! My dorm disallowed microwaves, hot plates, or any other heating appliance without an automatic shutoff. They provided at least one microwave for community use on each floor. I definitely second the can opener, though – I was the only freshman on my floor to bring one, so people were constantly borrowing mine! And bring really cheap flip-flops for the shower – my siblings bought me a pair, but didn’t realize they were actually cool light-up ones that weren’t waterproof, so I had to buy another pair. (I miss those light-up sandals, they were awesome!)
Then a year later I wrote another post based on reader feedback and the crazy amount of emails that I received on the topic. This time the post was about even more college dorm room essentials that you need. On this list I included:
- Leave your closet behind (an anti-item).
- Vacuum cleaner.
- Cleaning supplies.
- Stack of movies.
This post once again received some great reader feedback.
MFO wrote in:
I just want to re-emphasize the earplugs. Those can be a SERIOUS grade saver! Not in that hearing you roomates will keep you awake while you try to sleep (though that DOES happen), but also so that when you hear your roomates having fun, you don’t get up and join them.
I’d also add an eyecover thing (not sure what it’s called). The little pieces of fabric that you strap over your eyes to block out light, they hand them out on airplanes, but they work wonders if you have roomates studying in the same room!
Another reader chimed in with:
Ahh, bring as many clothes as possible so you have to do laundry as little as possible. Also don’t bring a vacuum, make friends with the girls across the hall and borrow theirs. Bring plenty of trash bags, also popcorn smells good to most people and makes them stop in.
Now what’s left to bring to college with you?
Your financial tools.
A student credit card.
If you don’t feel that you’re ready to handle a credit card then you better NOT GET ONE! I don’t want to hear from anyone complaining about me promoting credit cards. I just want you guys to know that if you do plan on getting a credit card in college that you find one of the best credit cards, instead of those that they give away with a free hot dog on campus.
Your no-fee checking account.
I don’t want to see any new college students getting nickel-and-dimed from some bank that’s charging them $15 a month for “maintenance” or some other excuse. A checking account should be free. As a student you should keep as much of your money as possible.
You need to sign up for a free checking account. There’s plenty of options for college students. You can get $50 just for signing up with ING Direct right now.
Now I challenge you to find something that I missed off this list. What else can you bring with you to college? What are things that you need for college?
[Note: This post was originally published last summer and was updated today.]