Dorm Checklist 101

Heading off to college is an unforgettable experience. Make sure your favorite students arrive on campus in style and stocked up on all the basics to ease their transition into dorm life. Luckily the Gift Gurus created this easy, printable checklist of dorm essentials so you won't forget a thing!
Step 1: PRINT this checklist.
Step 2: Go through the list at home and mark off what they already have.
Step 3: Check with the university to find out dorm rules/requirements like what size sheets to get.
Step 4: Check with the future roommate to make sure you aren't doubling up on the italicized items
Study
We've identified everything they'll need to do good work. Just add motivation!
laptop/tablet
flash drive
wireless router
printer
printer paper
printer toner/ink
surge protector power strip
extension cord
desk lamp
lap desk
stackable desk trays
mechanical pencils
pens
highlighters
pencil holder
stamps
stationary
scissors
stapler
white out
calculator
Organize
Small spaces like dorm rooms demand organization. The alternative could be disastrous.
backpack/messenger bag
laptop sleeve
weekend travel bag
message board
push pins
hooks
sharpie
hanging organizers
bed lifts
under bed boxes
storage bins
drawer dividers
basic tool kit
sewing kit
duct tape
flashlight
step stool
batteries
Heal
A well equipped medicine chest is almost as good as mom's chicken soup.
ace bandage
band aids
cotton balls
hydrogen peroxide
rubbing alcohol
neosporin
ice pack/heat pack
q-tips
purell
tissues
pain reliever
tums/rolaids
imodium
cold medicine
cough drops
allergy medicine
vitamins
nail clippers
nail file
tweezers
storage bin
Bathe
These standards will make even the dreariest dorm showers feel like home.
3 bath towels
3 hand towels
3 wash cloths
1 beach towel
shower flip flops
traveling soap container
shower caddy/basket
mesh sponge/loofa
shower cap
shower gel/soap
face soap
shaving cream
razors
hair care products
facial moisturizer
deodorant
body lotion
toothbrush
toothpaste
dental floss
mouth wash
comb/brush
curling iron/straightener
hair dryer
Lounge
Even the most studious deserve a chill-out session. These essentials will let them lounge with ease.
iPod/mp3 player
headphones
speakers/dock
television
dvd player
digital camera
smart phone
lounge chair
photos of family & friends
posters/art
removable wall tape
wall decals
full length mirror
string lights
area rug
door mat
throw blanket
Sleep
A comfy bed means good sleep & good sleep means good grades. You do the math.
2 pillows
2 sets of sheets
mattress pad
comforter
headrest pillow
alarm clock
bedside lamp/book light
fan
humidifier
ear plugs
sleep mask
Clean
The University will do the big jobs, but they're still responsible for cleaning up their own messes.
hand vac
air freshener/room deodorizer
trash can
trash bags
all purpose cleaner
paper towels
dish rack
dish towels
dish soap
scrubbing brush
sponge
laundry bag/basket
laundry detergent
dryer sheets
stain remover
lint brush
iron/steamer
mini ironing board
Eat
They're no gourmet, but they still need to whip up food for thought in an instant.
coffee/tea mug
glasses
insulated travel mug
water bottle
dishes
microwave safe bowl
fork, knife, spoon
cooking utensil kit
utility knife*
medium sized mixing bowl
can/bottle opener
pot holder
cookbook
small coffee maker*
mini fridge*
microwave*
crock pot*
food storage containers
chip bag clips
zip lock bags
*check school regulations
Dress
They'll pack tees & jeans but make sure their closet isn't missing these essentials.
1 professional outfit
1-2 formal outfits
2 weeks worth of underwear
2 weeks worth of socks
sweats/loungewear
swimsuit
light jacket
cold weather gear (if applicable)
pajamas
slippers