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Dorm Room Essentials

Dorm Room Essentials

Hiiiii! It's Elena, and if it's ~summertime~ by you, you might be curious about what to pack for college. In this podcast episode, we talk about Dorm Room Essentials, and the things you'll definitely want to bring (and NOT bring) to college with you! Why do you need flip-flops for your dorm's shower? And can bringing a box of Cheez-its really make your day in college? Listen (or read on) and find out!

For more college tips, check out our What I Wish I Knew Before College series. 

Now, let's get into the tips!

Why Think About Your Dorm Haul Now?

It's July, after all! Odds are, you still have some time to chill before college starts.

It may be tempting to procrastinate on this one. But trust me...you'll thank yourself on move in day if you start now!

Starting freshman year can be scary. There are so many unknowns, and so much to learn. By gathering your dorm room essentials, you can focus on what is within your control, and ensure that you have everything you need those initial days. Giving yourself a few weeks to gather your dorm items will reduce your stress leading up to the big day.

Don't strive for perfection, though. You can always head to the store if you need something. It's common for students to carpool to the store, so you can likely grab a ride, even if you don't have a car.

Dorm Room Essentials to Keep in Mind

Here are some of our favorite dorm essentials to gather before move in day!

Clothing and Bathroom

  • Just bring the clothing you need!
  • Laundry basket
  • Shower shoes (a must!)
  • Shower caddy
  • Robe
  • Mini steamer
  • Tide pen
  • Lint roller
  • A formal outfit or two


  • A folding chair for friends or tailgates
  • Mini fridge
  • Storage bins that can fit under your bed


  • Twin XL sheets
  • Mattress pad
  • Pillow
  • Duvet cover
  • Your favorite blanket


  • Party games
  • An instrument
  • Speaker

Snacks and Food

  • A coffee maker!
  • Snacks that you can only get at home
  • Water purifier
  • Water bottle


  • Reading light
  • Your hobby supplies
  • Portable charger
  • First aid kit
  • Mini vacuum
  • Pictures from home
  • Noise-cancelling headphones

Printable Dorm Room Necessities Sheets 

Feel free to print out these Ultimate College Packing Lists (inspired by the podcast!).
Scoir's Ultimate College Packing List

Scoir's Ultimate College Packing List


Happy packing!

To hear our grads' full advice, head to Part 1 of "Dorm Room Essentials", available wherever you listen to podcasts. Follow us on Instagram (@scoirinc) for more helpful tips. See you next time for more college advice! ☺️


This article was originally published on June 7, 2022. It was updated on July 6, 2023 for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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