Packing for college is no joke! I’ve been looking at many dorm room checklists, and they are all a little different. Because of that, I decided to create a Printable College Packing List with categories for all dorm room essentials. If your kids are still k-12, here are some cute First Day of School Printables! Don’t you love FREE Printables?
Edited: You can see my son’s dorm for Dorm Room Ideas!
College Packing List – Printable Dorm Room Essentials
From all the lists that I looked over, they were all either missing items or had items that didn’t pertain to our needs. I figured if I could create one that also allows you to add what you need, it may be really helpful for all those families sending their baby’s off to school!
I recommend shopping and gathering over a couple of months. It’s much less intimidating and you’re much less apt to forget important items.
I’ve broken this printable college packing list into 7 categories that made sense to me.
The Bedding Packing List was my favorite to gather! This is when it’s hard for a boy to have a creative blogger for a mom. I was under strict instructions that I couldn’t “decorate” the room. And that once there, it is requested that I not take a ton of staged photos. I tried telling him that his new roommate and friends would think I was the cool mom for working full-time as a blogger in the creative world. He wasn’t impressed and made me promise to not make it look too decorated.
College Packing List: Bedding for Boys
Here’s what I came up with. I’m so excited to put his room together, it’s allowed me to be in complete denial that he’s going to be gone.
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- Nautica Sebec Duvet Set – I wanted a dark color to hide stains and dirt. Because we know he’s probably not going to be washing it.
- Ticking Stripe Sheet Set – I thought the stripes would be a nice stylish touch that is still masculine. I also bought a solid gray sheet set by Better Homes and Gardens
- Black & White Swiss Cross Pillow Cases – These are my ALL TIME FAVORITE!
- Sweatshirt Sherpa Blanket Throw – This is another favorite! It has college written ALL over it!
College Packing List: Laundry
- Hamper or bag – Be sure to print off my Printable Laundry Tips for College Students. I created really handy tags to attach directly to the hamper. Or see how I ironed them on a laundry bag.
- Laundry Detergent Pods – We’ve decided that laundry pods are going to be much easier and less messy.
- Wrinkle Release spray – This is the best stuff ever! Who needs an iron?
- Color Catcher – These are small little miracles. If he uses them and he accidentally washes a red sweatshirt with his whites, his clothing will not all be pink. Whew!
College Packing List: Bath Essentials
Edited to add: My son is now a Sophmore and in his first apartment. This post for College Apartment Bathroom Essentials is pretty handy too.
- Towels – at least 3 or 4. I like these because they get fluffier with each wash.
- Shampoo, shower gel, face wash etc..
- Shower Shoes – Simple waterproof flip flops or slides are perfect. My son will be sharing a bathroom with all the other boys on his floor. Those showers ….. ick.
- Shower Caddy – This was a tough one. So many shower caddies look so girly. We finally found a small gray mesh one that looks like it will work.
College Packing List: Study
- Desk lamp – We found really cool inexpensive ones at IKEA.
- Extension Cord with USB ports- Power Tower
- Charging Station – We decided to spring for the Nytstnd. This way he can charge everything at once. You will need a charging cord for each item.
- Extra Long phone charging cord
Dorm Room Packing List: First Aid
I included cold meds into this group. Hopefully most items he won’t need to use.
- Cold Care (update: many kids didn’t have cold meds and he ended up being able to help a few friends out)
- Emergen-C Immunity Drink
- Instant ice pack
Dorm Room Check List: Comforts
- Area Rug – I found the cutest rug for his room. It looks like concrete, so it’s not girly at all.
- Essential Oil Diffuser– I really want him to use one with the Thieves oil to help keep his immune system up. He wasn’t really interested but ended up liking the bamboo designed diffuser I found. Now hopefully he’ll use it. This one will also go for 10 hours or so.
- Microwavable Bowl Cup – for those late-night bowls of ramen.
- Twinkle Lights or LED Strip Lights– He’s still fighting me on these. But if we can put his bed up high and we can create a small lounge area underneath, then the lights will be the perfect addition. I’ll let him make the final decision. Edit: He ended up asking if I’d order the LED lights for under his loft bed. They are remote controlled, can change colors and really easy to put up.
- Bean Bag Chair – This was also something we added after a week or so. This was his main study spot. It was large enough to take a nap on but fit under his loft bed.
- Mini-Fridge – Here’s a tip so you don’t have to haul it. We ordered from Walmart for pick up at his local store. You have seven days to pick up any order.
- Mini Microwave – This ended up being very much used like the fridge.
Dorm Room Storage List
I think girls are going to need more in this department. One item I haven’t put on this is a step stool. I ran into a friend of his who started in August and when I asked him what the one item he wished he would have packed, he said a step stool.
- Plastic Stacking Drawers
- Drawer Dividers – we bought the collapsible ones from IKEA. They really helped keep his items organized.
- Over the Door Shoe Organizer – these can be used for more than just shoes.