What I Packed

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Alexis Marchitte—My freshman year I lived in a suite style dorm that had two bedrooms with two girls in each. We all shared a common living room and one bathroom. So my packing list might differ slightly from those living in a corridor style room! The pictures above show my roommate’s side of the room (top) and my side of the room (bottom).

As a college student you can sign up for an Amazon Prime account for free for 6 months and you can get free 2 day shipping! This was so helpful when buying things for college because you can find super cheap options online, and once I moved in and realized I forgot something I could easily have it shipped to me in a couple of days.

Here is what I bought and packed:

Bedding

  • mattress topper/ foam pad
  • bed bug protector
  • 2 sets of sheets (one cotton and one fleece for winter — SO comfy and warm)
  • comforter (don’t bother spending too much money, it will be stained)
  • 3 new comfortable pillows
  • 2 sets of pillow cases
  • 1-2 extra blankets

Hygiene

  • shampoo and conditioner
  • shower caddy
  • loofah
  • body wash
  • razor
  • shaving cream
  • toothbrush and toothpaste
  • floss and mouthwash
  • face wash
  • If you live in a suite you will need a shower curtain, bathroom rug and hand towels. Toilet paper will be supplied in your RA office.*
  • piercing cleaner
  • Q-tips and cotton balls*
  • nail polish remover
  • nail clippers
  • tweezers
  • chapstick
  • make up
  • make up remover
  • hair straightener, curler, waver, blow dryer*
  • comb/brush
  • hair ties, hair bands, etc
  • Band-aids
  • cold meds
  • any other prescriptions
  • hair spray, heat protectant spray
  • aspirin
  • eye drops
  • Vitamin C pills/chewables (dorms can be very germy)
  • tiny little hand sanitizers
  • tissues
  • feminine hygiene products
  • 2 shower towels, 2 hand towels*, 2 washcloths
  • lotion, perfume, deodorant

Laundry/ Cleaning Supplies

  • fold-able hamper
  • mesh laundry bag (to carry laundry from dryer to your room)
  • laundry detergent (I prefer liquid over the pods)
  • dryer sheets
  • TONS of disinfectant wipes*
  • Windex wipes*
  • paper towels*
  • dish soap*
  • Scrubbing Bubbles spray for the toilet and shower (trust me you’ll need them)
  • magic erasers*
  • sponges*
  • dish drying rack (we put ours on our bathroom sink to do dishes)*
  • broom and dustpan*
  • smaller sized vacuum*

Electronic

  • laptop and charger (warranty information too!)
  • portable mouse
  • laptop case
  • flash drive
  • extension cords and power strips (even though they aren’t “allowed”)*
  • cell phone
  • chargers, chargers, and more chargers. If you plan to loft your bed then I highly suggest getting at least a 6-10 foot charger to reach your bed!
  • Alarm Clock/ iHome/ Bluetooth or Aux cord speaker for your room
  • headphones and extra headphones
  • batteries
  • TV (decide after you move in if your suitemates are going to split the cost or if somebody is going to buy it and keep it over the summer)***
  • HDMI cord (from TV to laptop)*
  • TV cable*

Room Furnishings

  • Clip-on lamp or short lamp for desk
  • tons of hangers
  • stacking storage for under your bed or in your closet (unfortunately the desk and dresser drawers aren’t quite enough)
  • good size rug for your bedroom**
  • dry erase board (I had one with a calendar on it, and a smaller one on the outside of our dorm door for our friends to write on it)*
  • box fan for your window (the first couple weeks are HOT)*
  • posters, tapestries, string lights, etc
  • TONS of command strips 
  • small hand mirror
  • full size mirror*
  • extra folding chair for when friends are over*

Kitchen Type Items

  • mini-fridge (with freezer)*
  • ice cube trays*
  • BRITA FILTER*
  • Keurig with k-cups*
  • paper plates*
  • plastic reusable bowls
  • plastic silverware*
  • reusable silverware (one fork, spoon and knife)
  • one sharper knife
  • glass tupperware
  • your favorite mugs from home
  • travel mug (you get a free one at orientation)
  • reusable, travel water bottle
  • sandwich sized and gallon sized ziplock bags
  • tea bags, coffee, sugar, creamer, hot chocolate for those cold winter days*
  • HEALTHY snacks

School Items/ Miscellaneous

  • index cards
  • loose leaf paper
  • one notebook for each class
  • pens, pencils, colored pencils, highlighters, sharpie, dry erase markers
  • adult coloring books
  • all types of tape
  • stapler and staples
  • ruler
  • Post-It notes
  • planner (they give you one at orientation but I chose a cuter option)
  • calculator
  • textbooks (DON’T BUY UNTIL YOU ASK THE PROFESSOR IN PERSON IF YOU REALLY NEED IT. IF THEY SAY YES, THEN BUY THEM ONLINE, NOT AT THE BOOKSTORE)
  • backpack
  • ID (driver’s license, copy of birth certificate, social security card, passport, school ID)
  • documents (most recent paycheck, health insurance card or a copy of it)
  • pepper spray key chain
  • cute key chain wristlet (cute, cheap options on Etsy)
  • sunglasses
  • umbrella
  • lint roller

Everything in italics are things I wouldn’t recommend buying cheap, spend the extra money because it’ll be worth it. I bought a $200 mattress topper at Bed, Bath and Beyond with a 20% off coupon. 

Everything in bold I used A LOT throughout the year. I wouldn’t go without them

****Anything with asterisks I would recommend discussing with your suitemates so you don’t end up with multiples. Plus a Walmart run is a good way to bond with your roommates that first night.****

I’m planning on doing an entire separate list of what clothes to pack, so stay tuned!! If you have questions, feel free to comment here!

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3 thoughts on “What I Packed

  1. I just have a little to add from my own experience at brockport. Depending on what dorm and on what floor you are living in you may want one heavier blanket and one lighter blanket. I lived on the 10th floor of Bramley hall one year and I literally had my window open during the winter….even when it was snowing, because it would get super warm with they turn the heat on. A humidifier for your room in the winter is also I good idea as the air gets really dry during the winter because of the heat

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