That time of year is quickly approaching; the day that thousands of smiling and extremely nervous new faces step foot on campus for the first time. As if moving away from home isn’t stressful enough, trying to make sure you pack everything you might need without forgetting anything makes it all a million times harder. From my personal experience, here are some dorm essentials that can help make the move-in process a little less stressful.

Bedroom:

-Bins for under your bed (go to the Container Store)

-Mattress pad

-Bedding/throw blanket

-Reading pillow

-Area rug

-Blackout curtain

-Lamp with shelves

-Shoe organizer

-Power strips

-Bed caddy

-Jewelry organizer

-Fan

-Full-length mirror

-Trashcan

-Wall decor (go to At Home or Hobby Lobby)

-Command strips (safe and dorm-approved way to hang things

Bathroom:

-Bath towels/hand towels/wash clothes

-Robe

-Cleaning supplies

-Rug

-Loofah

-Shower caddy

-Shower curtain

-Air freshener

-Hairspray

-Lotion

-Face wash/moisturizer

-Shampoo/conditioner/body wash/shaving cream

-Makeup remover

-Mouthwash

-Nail polish/remover

-Sunscreen/tanning oil

-Straightener/curling iron/blow dryer

-Cotton balls/q-tips

-Hair ties/bobby pins

-Tweezers

-Tissues

Food:

-Mini fridge

-Brita

-To go plates/cups

-Microwave

-Keurig/coffee/creamer

-Toaster oven (if space allows)

-Steamable vegetables

-Granola bars

-Almonds

-Popcorn (Skinny Pop)

-Pretzel chips

-Bananas

-Easy Mac cups

-PB&J

-Snack food

Clothing:

-All of the athletic wear you own (you won’t wear your flowy American Eagle shirts)

-Formal dresses

-Cheap shoes (they will all get ruined)

-Hats

-Rain jacket

-Small purse for going out

-Going out clothes

-Old halloween costumes (parties have the most random themes)

-Bathing suits/towels

-Sewing kit

-Extra hangers

-Spray-N-Wash

-Tide to-go stick

-Laundry bag/hamper

-Dryer sheets

-Detergent (check if you need HE)

Misc.:

-Pepper spray

-Beats headphones

-Safety pints

-Lightbulbs/batteries

-Suitcase/duffle bag

-Vacuum

-Small umbrella

-iClicker (check if some of your classes requires this)

-Camera

-HDMI cord

-Portable phone charger

-Printer/ink/paper

-Stapler

-Planner