Get Off To A Good Start! 
Make These The Best Of Times!

A college dorm checklist is a necessary and useful tool – just as checklists for travel or buying a used car are indispensible. Without a list, avoidable errors are inevitable.

The first step is to view the list sent by your college. It will contain invaluable rules and suggestions. Note what is allowed and forbidden as well as bed size and recommendations.

Your dorm room will have some furniture. That will be the place to start. Next contact your roommate (provided by the college) to avoid duplications (microwave oven or small refrigerator).

Pack what you have at your parent’s home and buy other items in your college town. This will reducing the need to ship boxes ahead. That is, unless your parents are going to deliver you to the college and you have space in your car.

As is the case in almost every instance, starting early creating your list will be advantageous. You are likely to pay a price, if you procrastinate.

Every situation is different. So, find a list on the internet and modify it to suit your specific needs.

Things To Do Before You Leave For College!

The timing on these things will depend. But starting early is always a good idea. Because - stuff happens.

  • Make travel arrangements.
  • Make sure that your ATM card works properly.
  • Ship things ahead to your dorm address (or designated address).
  • Prepare luggage.
  • Contact future roommate.
  • Read information from college to determine what things you will need to buy for your new home. (Ex. desk lamp, bedding, wastebasket)

If your parents are not delivering you to the dorm, determine how you will get to the places to buy last minute essentials. Leave, at least, one day earlier than necessary to allow extra time for the unexpected things. You will, most likely, need it.

Your dorm room may have the basics (check to make sure) such as a dresser, bed, desk, and desk chair.

Here is a list of items that are small and will satisfy a need:

  • Memory cards and USB flash drives
  • Stapler and staples
  • Pens & pencils & pencil sharpener
  • 3 x 5 index cards
  • Sticky notes
  • Paper and binder clips
  • Scissors
  • Rubber bands
  • Tape
  • Highlighters (multiple colors)
  • Ruler
  • Stamps and envelopes
  • HDMI cord – Ethernet cord
  • Headphones
  • Aspirin, Tylenol, or Advil
  • Bandages and antibiotic ointment
  • Cough drops
  • Dental floss
  • Nail clippers and nail file
  • Sandwich bags
  • Can/bottle opener
  • Extension cords (surge protector)
  • 3 -2 prong adapters

Have You Thought About These Items?

  • Hand Vacuum
  • Trash Bags & Can
  • Water Bottle
  • Board Games
  • Camera
  • Umbrella
  • Backpack
  • Sports equipment
  • Alarm clock
  • Storage bins
  • Fan
  • Mini-tool kit
  • Lamp

Things You Can Not Life Without!

  • Bank Information
  • List of Emergency Contacts
  • A favorite stuffed animal
  • A collage of pictures
  • High School senior yearbook

Note to parents: If you have not taught your child monetary responsibility, be prepared for lots of exciting times and some expensive episodes. Your college student, in most cases, will need to live within a budget.

Items That Are Likely To Be Banned From Your Dorm Room!

  • Candles
  • Halogen lamps
  • Gas or charcoal grills
  • Weapons
  • Fireworks or explosives
  • Pets

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