Real Simple Home Cleaning Organizing Organizing More Rooms Dorm Room Essentials Checklist Dorm Room Essentials Checklist Whether it's your first year at college or you're sending your freshman off, consider this the essential packing list of dorm room supplies. By Real Simple Editors Advertisement FB Tweet More Pinterest Email Send Text Message Print Credit: Getty Images Checklist Bedroom Alarm clock So you can make that 8 a.m. biology class. Bed linens Bring your own comforter, sheets, and pillow(s). You may want to have two sets of linens—laundry tends to pile up! Note: Check whether the dorms have regular twin or extra-long twin beds. Clothes hangers Bring just one type of hanger, and your closet will look more orderly. Clothing There’s only so much room in a dorm closet, so pack just enough clothing to make it from one laundry day to the next. Computer Most colleges have computer labs, but it’s more convenient to have your own laptop. Make sure to bring appropriate software. Desk lamp Essential for late-night cramming while your roommate is sleeping. DVD player, stereo, and television They can’t be too large or powerful if you’ll be sharing a dorm room with others. Contact your roommate(s) before moving in and coordinate who will bring what. Laundry basket The lighter the better, as you might have a long walk to the laundry room. Posters, pictures, and other decorations You want your dorm room to have a bit of personality, so bring along some artwork, pictures of family and friends, or a tapestry. Storage boxes and stackable crates Great for stowing things under your dorm room bed or in a little-used corner. Bathroom Bath linens Bring your own washcloth and towels. Two sets are better than one. Bathrobe A must-have for the trip to the bathroom. Flip-flops Shower shoes are essential for anyone who shares a public bathroom. Shower tote It’s much easier to transport your toiletries to the bathroom in a handy carrier. Kitchen Appliances Find out what appliances you are permitted to have in your dorm room (such as a toaster oven), and coordinate with your roommate(s). Dishes, glasses, and utensils Even if you’ll be eating most of your meals in the on-campus dining hall, it’s nice to have these on hand. Snacks Sometimes you need a boost while writing that thesis on chaos theory. Personal Important papers Be sure to pack any important documents or ID cards you may need at college, such as a driver’s license, registration forms, and financial-aid forms. If you plan to get a job, bring a copy of your birth certificate as proof of age. Medications If you require prescription medications, bring enough with you to last until the next time you go home, or make sure that you can refill them at a pharmacy on campus or near the school.