Complete Dorm Packing List

College starts up next month, meaning incoming freshman should probably starting buying their dorm supplies. If you’re just looking for a list of the most important things (aka what to splurge on) or on what you don’t need feel free to check out my earlier posts here and here. Without further ado here’s the complete list with some of my recommendations included.

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  • Mattress Pad
  • Mattress Protector
  • Sheets
  • Pillow
  • Pillow Case
  • Comforter/Duvet/Quilt


  • Throw Blanket
  • Throw Pillows
  • Clip On Fan (here’s theone I got)
  • Clip On Light (I put this one on my bed)
  • Alarm Clock (will your phone work for this?)
  • Bed Risers (does your school have adjustable beds?)



  • Backpack
  • Laptop/tablet/desktop (I have a MacBook but if you’re going into a tech field this may not be your best option)
  • Paper
  • Writing Utensils


  • Stapler
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Push Pins
  • Binders
  • Folders
  • Drawer Organizer
  • Printer
  • Calendar
  • Planner (expensive but here’s my fav)




  • Keurig/Coffee Maker (do you REALLY drink that much coffee?)
  • Mugs
  • Can Opener



  • Body wash
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Shaving Cream
  • Razors
  • Face Wash
  • Bath Towels
  • Toothbrush
  • First Aid Kit


  • Shower Shoes (I only list these as optional because not everyone has a shared bathroom)
  • Hand Towels
  • Hand soap
  • Makeup
  • Robe
  • Scale
  • Straightener
  • Curler
  • Blow Drier



  • Headphones
  • Hangers
  • Umbrella
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Dryer Sheets


  • Fan
  • Trash Can (is one supplied?)
  • Rug (this ikea one is a great value)
  • Organization Cart
  • Speaker
  • Plants
  • Pictures/Posters
  • TV
  • Under Bed Storage
  • Over the Door Storage
  • Shoe Rack
  • Mirror
  • Broom
  • Vacuum (does your dorm have communal ones?)
  • Power Strip
  • Command Strips
  • Sewing Kit
  • Stain Fighter/Tide Stick
  • Steamer/Wrinkle Released

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1 thought on “Complete Dorm Packing List”

  1. […] Dorm shopping is upon us and stores are stocked with everything you will need to go back to school. College is different to high school when it comes to supplies though, as many students will move away from home and into a dorm. While there’s plenty of things you don’t need for your dorm (see my post here), there are also plenty of things you do need. Keep in mind these are just the most important things/things to splurge on. For a complete list of EVERYTHING you need for your dorm, view my post here. […]


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