Often a young person’s first real move is to college, whether it’s moving to an apartment or a dorm room. For dorms, especially, there are certain items that will help a student live well in a small space.

For the big move, you can engage professional moving help or do it yourself. Chance are, you won’t have a whole lot to move anyway. Packing for the dorm is all about efficiency.

If you can get a look at your dorm room ahead of time, you can determine whether you need absolutely everything on this list. For instance, the desk may already have a lap and there might be a window treatment you deem sufficient.

We’re going to assume You know enough to pack clothes and medications. Here are some of the other must-haves for your dorm room:

  1. Comfortable bedding. Having sheets, a comforter and pillows. Spare sheets are nice so you can change them while on set is in the laundry
  2. Laundry basket.This can double as a carrier as you’re moving stuff into your dorm, but you might opt for a collapsible hamper instead.
  3. Computer. You need to be able to write your papers. And surf social media, of course.
  4. Entertainment. If you can watch TV on your computer monitor, all the better. A small wireless speaker is perfect for music.
  5. Decor. Posters are de rigueur for your walls, but you might also go the classier route and bring original art — maybe something you made yourself? Snazzy curtains or scarves can enhance plain blinds or shades.
  6. Storage. Bring storage that’s easy to access. Old-school foot lockers are deep and hard to organize. Consider stackable boxes or storage with drawers.
  7. Desk lamp. That is, if your desk doesn’t have a built-in lamp. If it does, why not bring mood lighting? There are all kinds of fun party lights out there. Consider an LED lamp, because it will burn cool.
  8. Bath items. Use a bucket or a plastic tote bag to haul your toiletries to the dorm bathroom. Bring shower shoes, such as flip-flops, along with towels and washcloths.
  9. Kitchen items. Have a couple of dishes, glasses and utensils, just in case. Plastic has the extra benefit of not shattering when your roommate drops it.
  10. Something that makes you happy. Pick one or two items that will sit on our desk and remind you of home or something you love. Maybe it’s a picture of Mom. Maybe it’s a Yoda action figure. Enjoy!

If you have any questions on how our family-owned business can help you through your moving process, please don’t hesitate to contact our team today!