Freshman Packing List

Am I bringing too much stuff? Do I really need an extra set of sheets? What about a desk lamp?

All these questions, and more, filtered through my head as I was preparing to move into my freshman dorm room. Moving into an unknown space can be intimidating, especially when you don’t know what all you’re going to need or want in the room. So, I have made a packing list below which tells you what all I recommend you bring your freshman year.

A few pieces of advice:

  1. Do not be overly stressed about the amount of things you are bringing. If you’re going to school far from home, you will likely have a bit more than those that are from nearby who can bring stuff to the dorm gradually. Try your hardest not to be worried about this part of the process.
  2. Scissors: Do not pack them. Keep them separate and handy because you will want them to be easily accessible on move-in day. Believe me, I learned the hard way.
  3. Command Strips: Buy them and get ready to use more than you think you will need. Most dorms don’t allow you to put holes in the walls, so these are a necessity for hanging decorations.
  4. On Move-In Day, it is sometimes better to go to a Target, Walmart, or Bed Bath and Beyond that is a bit farther away from campus. You will find that the stores closest to the school might be picked over, and lacking in some of the major necessities, as everyone else was looking for the same thing.
  5. Lastly, take advantage of stores like Bed Bath and Beyond that allow you to scan and purchase your items ahead of time, and then pick them up near your college. This is a great way to make sure you’re getting the exact items that you want, without having to worry that something will be out of stock.



  • Twin XL Comforter
  • Twin XL Sheet Sets (2)
  • Mattress Pad
  • Pillows
  • Throw Blanket



  • Backpack
  • Calculator
  • Planner
  • Stapler & Staples
  • Index Cards
  • Notebooks
  • Folders
  • Pens & Pencils
  • Scissors
  • Printer Paper
  • Water Bottle



  • Hair Dryer
  • Straightener/curling iron
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Body wash/soap
  • Hand Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste & Toothbrush
  • Makeup
  • Nail Clippers
  • Nail Polish & Nail Polish Remover
  • Tweezers
  • Q tips
  • Body Lotion




  • Desk Lamp & Light Bulbs
  • Organizers ~ For your desk (pens, pencils, etc.)
  • Laundry Basket
  • Full-length mirror
  • Power strip
  • Chargers and portable charger
  • Headphones
  • Plates, Cups, Bowls



  • Clorox wipes
  • Trash bags
  • Trash cans
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dryer sheets



  • Command Strips!!!!
  • Photos from home
  • Posters, Canvases, Paintings for the walls
  • Cork Board




  • Shower caddy
  • Shower shoes
  • Towels
  • Robe



  • Hangers
  • Shoe organizer

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