What To Bring To College: Dorm Edition

If you are anything like me, then you have started dorm shopping months in advance of the big move in day. My first year, I ended up bringing so much stuff. Moving out was a nightmare. So to prevent you from making my same mistakes, here’s a list of everything you’ll need.


Your bed is the most important part of your dorm. Making sure that this essential element is comfortable and functional is how you’re going to make your dorm feel like home! After all you’ll be living there for the school year. I don’t recommend going overboard on the bedding. Everything on your bed should serve a purpose, while also looking cute!

Here’s my Bedding Recommendations:

  1. One Comforter
  2. Two sets of sheets (very necessary) You’ll want two sets to have an extra set to put on while you are washing the other set.
  3. Mattress Topper: This is the one that I used. Link: https://amzn.to/3mH8LPF
  4. Mattress Bug Cover (no bedbugs here)
  5. Two Pillows
  6. One Decorative Pillow (You can find these anywhere. I got mine at HomeGoods.)
  7. Extra Throw Blanket (for those extra cold nights & for decor)

School Supplies

This is another thing that many people go overboard with. You do not need a separate notebook for every class nor do you need to bring a printer to school. There are printers available in the library, residence halls, and nearly every building. Most schools offer free printing for up to $20 charging 10 cents per paper printed. My first year, I didn’t even get close to printing that much paper. You won’t need much, especially since most things are online.

Here’s my school supply recommendations:

  1. One 3 inch Binder
  2. 2 Multiple Subject Notebooks Link: https://amzn.to/3seFnBn
  3. Colorful pens/ highlighters
  4. Stapler Link: https://amzn.to/3wThpz1
  5. Laptop/Tablet
  6. Backpack
  7. Water bottle ( YOU NEED THIS)
  8. Lanyard (for your student ID)


Do not overpack. I recommend bringing clothes for the upcoming season. I moved all the way across the country to go to school, so I couldn’t just switch my clothes out whenever I wanted. I had to be strategic. My first semester I brought summer/ fall clothes and when I went home for Winter Break I switched them out for warmer clothing.

General List of Clothing:

  1. 3 pairs of shorts
  2. 2 pairs of sweat pants
  3. 7 short sleeve shirts
  4. 3 long sleeve shirts
  5. 3 pairs of jeans
  6. bring as much underwear as you want
  7. lots of socks
  8. 2 dresses for going out
  9. 2 pairs of sneakers
  10. 1 pair of heels
  11. slides/flip flops/ crocs
  12. 1 coat (depending on where you are)
  13. 1 light jacket/ sweatshirt/ hoodie


The trick to utilizing as much space as possible while still decorating your room is to find cute storage bins.

Here’s a picture of my freshman year dorm.

As you can see I found super cute woven straw baskets and laundry baskets to put under my bed. They were aesthetically pleasing and I was able to fit my dirty clothes, purses, and extra sheets and blankets under my bed.

General List:

  1. Hangers
  2. Storage bins
  3. Desk organizers ( I used a makeup organizer for my pencils, pens, and makeup brushes)
  4. Optional: Shoe Hanger. ( I put my shoes at the bottom of closet, so I had no need)

Here are some Links to some cute storage ideas I found:

Straw Baskets

Laundry Baskets

Published by stevienettles

Plant Based| Student| Lifestyle Blogger

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