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Dorm Essentials

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One of the hardest things about growing is leaving your family and or home. Most colleges require that their first-year students spend their freshman year on campus. This is a major blow for most people that grew up never being away from their homes for more than a week. One way you can ease this transition is by taking off a little bit of the stress that goes along with planning a dorm.

Here are the things you’ll need to bring with you:


  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Container of some sort to keep your toothbrush/toothpaste inside
  • Mouthwash
  • Floss
  • Optional* Retainer Case/Bands/Rinse Syringe
  • Contacts/Contact Solution
  • Cleanser (I personally recommend Cetaphil cleansers and the Hydro-Boost Cleanser from Neutrogena)
  • Moisturizer
  • Optional* Serum/Toner
  • Optional* Face Mask (for when you need to relax)
  • Scrunchie
  • Head band (for when you need something to keep your hair back from your face while washing your face)
  • Hairbrush/Comb
  • Hair products (shampoo, conditioner, hair oils, etc.)
  • Body wash
  • Loofa
  • Razor
  • Shower Caddy
  • 4+ Towels
  • Bathrobe
  • Shower Shoes
  • Deodorant & Other stuff to make you smell good (perfume, lotion, etc.)
  • Medicine(s)


  • Note* You won’t need much furniture because dorms mostly provide furniture
  • Closet Organizer
  • Shoe Rack
  • Sheet Set/Blankets (most dorms have twin XL as their sheet size but definitely check the website)
  • Laundry Basket
  • Suitcase and or Duffel Bag
  • Hangers
  • Mirror

Clothing Essentials:

  • Underwear
  • Bras/Sports Bra
  • Socks
  • Fuzzy Socks
  • Shirts
  • Pants
  • Shorts
  • Hair Ties
  • Accessories (jewelry, hair clips, etc.)

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1 Comment

  • hudsonkm13

    Already planning for next year with this article 🙂

    September 29, 2022 at 8:46 pm
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