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What to bring to college

  • Television
  • Blu-Ray player
  • NetFlix/Hulu Plus/Amazon Prime membership
  • Refrigerator
  • Cell phone with good service/coverage where your college is.
  • iPod/MP3 player/Stereo with a docking station
  • Computer (preferably a laptop)
  • Three prong extension cords
  • Power strip/surge protector
  • Sports equipment (football, volleyball, basketball, and any other type of ball)
  • Desk Lamp
  • Alarm Clock (maybe two)
  • Laundry bag or basket
  • Laundry soap
  • Knowledge of how to do laundry
  • One or more rolls of quarters (for laundry, the coke machine, tolls, etc.)
  • Tide To Go Instant Stain Remover
  • Sewing kit (needles and thread, safety pins, two-sided tape, etc.)
  • Eating utensils (preferably plastic)
  • Cups and plates - plastic or styrofoam (washing dishes in a community bathroom isn't fun)
  • Twin XL Bedding - Most dorm beds measure 39 x 80 – so you will need extra long twin sheets, mattress pads and featherbeds. Blankets tend to be longer but for comforters an extra long twin is helpful to avoid cold toes
  • Anything to decorate your room and make you feel at home
  • Iron and small ironing board, starch
  • PDA/organizer/planner
  • Backpack
  • College clothes
  • Bike and a (good) bike lock
  • Fan (campus housing may have poor air circulation)
  • Bath towels, soap, robe, etc.
  • Personal hygiene items (toothpaste, deodorant, etc...)
  • Shower shoes, flip flops, or Crocs
  • Shower caddy for toiletries (if you have a community bathroom)
  • Small can-opener and bottle opener
  • First aid kit, including Band-aids, antibiotic ointment, ace bandage, etc.
  • Tylenol or other pain reliever
  • Umbrella
  • Raincoat
  • Rain shoes/boots
  • Pictures of family, friends and/or pets
  • Swimsuit(s)
  • Workout and/or sports clothes
  • “Dress” clothes (guys, this means at least a blazer and one or more ties)
  • “Grubby” clothes (who knows if you’ll go clean up along the highway, paint someone’s house or need to play football in the mud)
  • Textbooks - Affordable college textbooks are available online. You can also rent college textbooks instead of buying.
  • Write down all electronic serial numbers and mark them with an identifiable symbol, number, etc.
  • Medication prescriptions-Make sure they are updated and you have possible refills. Check into transferring your prescription to a local pharmacy
  • Insurance card



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