So, you’re excited to load the car for college but still wondering what to take? Review the list below and pack the items that make sense for your space – and your budget.


Most students take these items:

Blankets, sheets, pillows, comforter and mattress pad
Bath towels, hand towels and wash cloths
Shower tote and flip flops
Shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste and razor/blades
Desk lamp
Laundry bag, detergent and dryer sheets
Robe and slippers

Nice to have:

Laptop, surge protector, printer and paper

iPad or other tablet
Storage containers
Message board for you door

Shared items: 

(Talk to your roommate to determine who will bring what)

Small refrigerator
TV, game system or DVD player
Dishes, silverware and cups
Coffee maker
Futon, toss pillows, throw blanket, area rug, and curtains
Full-length mirror

If you’re a guy, you’ll take a fraction of the recommended items – and if you’re a girl, you’ll run out of space in your dorm room. The important thing is to make your college room feel like home. Surround yourself with items that remind you of your past, and items that propel you into the future.