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)
Alarm Clock (maybe two)
Laundry bag or basket
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
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
Pictures of family, friends and/or pets
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