College Packing Checklist: What to Bring to your Dorm Room


Here at OCM, we know a thing or two about must-have products for college students. Deciding what stays, what goes, and what to buy can be a daunting task for any college freshman. To simplify the process, we have created the ultimate college checklist for those looking to stay organized (and on top!) of their big move.

Download the list here for easy printing or view the entire checklist below:


For Sleeping

  • Dorm Bedding Value Pak

Twin XL Sheets
Twin XL Comforter
Twin XL Fleece Throw Blanket
Twin XL Mattress Topper
Standard Pillow
Standard Pillowcases

  • Extra Blanket
  • Decorative Throw Pillows
  • Bedside Lamp
  • Reading Pillow
  • Bed Risers
  • Clip on Comfort Fan

For Washing

  • Dorm Shower Caddy & Tote
  • Extra Large Towel Sets
  • Bath Mat (for students with in-suite bathrooms)
  • Shower Sandals & Flip Flops
  • Bath Robe
  • Shower Curtains and Hook Sets (for students with in-suite bathrooms)
  • Shower Resistant Radio
  • Forma Fog Free Shower Mirror
  • Bathroom Trashcan (for students with in-suite bathrooms)
  • Body Wash & Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Hair Comb & Brush
  • Toiletries

For Decorating

  • Posters
  • Dry Erase Message Board
  • Photo Frames
  • Dorm Area Rugs
  • Wall Decals
  • College Campus Art
  • Wall Canvas Art
  • 3M Command Adhesive Products
  • Full-Length Mirror
  • Beanbag Lounger Chair
  • Ottoman
  • Pouf Pillow

For Studying

  • Desk Lamp
  • Cork Board
  • Notebooks and Binders
  • Pens and Pencils
  • Paper Clips
  • Highlighters
  • Desk Organizer
  • Sticky Notes
  • Wall Calendar
  • Stamps and Envelopes
  • Alarm Clock
  • Index Cards
  • Backpack
  • Calculator
  • Scissors/Stapler
  • Tape
  • Dictionary/Thesaurus

For Cleaning

  • Carpet Sweeper
  • Small Trash Can
  • Trash Bags
  • Antibacterial Cleaning Wipes
  • Broom and Dustpan
  • Paper Towels
  • Hampers
  • Detergent
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Drying Rack
  • Fabric Softener
  • Iron
  • Ironing Board

For Organizing

  • Underbed Storage Bins
  • Rhino Armor Trunk
  • Hangers
  • Over the Door Shoe Organizer
  • Hanging Closet Organizer

For Playing

  • Laptop
  • Laptop Lock
  • Headphones
  • Printer & Ink Cartridges
  • Computer Paper
  • TV
  • HDMI Cable & Adapters
  • Carbonite Online Backup
  • Power Strip with Surge Protector (UL approved)
  • Extension Cord
  • Batteries
  • Ethernet Cable
  • DVD Player
  • Gaming System

For Eating

  • College Kitchen Pak
  • Bowls
  • Cutlery
  • Dish Soap
  • Dish Towels
  • Dish Sponge
  • Can Opener
  • Reusable Containers
  • Dorm-Safe Coffee Maker
  • Dorm-Safe Refrigerator
  • Water Filter Pitcher
  • Coffee Mugs

Personal Supplies

  • Ear Plugs
  • First Aid Kit
  • Thermometer
  • Prescription Medications
  • Flashlight
  • Umbrella
  • ATM Card
  • Checkbook
  • Credit Cards
  • Driver’s License
  • Insurance Cards
  • Passport/Visa
  • Social Security Card
  • Lock Box

We’ve helped over 3,000,000 families (and counting) take the plunge into college life. We’ve compiled the absolute, hands-down best college dorm room checklist to make shopping this summer easier. We know that through the excitement of prepping for freshman move-in day, everyone is bound to neglect adding at least a few dorm essentials on their college packing list. While our checklist includes the easy to remember supplies like dorm bedding and towels, we’ve also included items only dorm life veterans would remember to bring. Happy shopping!

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Katherine Carpenter

Katherine Carpenter

Hi I'm Katherine! I love DIY projects, especially ones that I can use to make my dorm room pop! My favorite flavor of ice cream is mint chocolate chip, especially when it's on a cone. I love hanging out with my sorority sisters and giving back to the community. Always remember to live, laugh and love!