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What do You Really Need?

Clothing You’ll need a variety of clothing for different occasions, including classes, social events, and the weather. Be sure to pack some comfortable clothes for lounging around your dorm room, too.

  • Clothing for classes: You’ll need clothes that are comfortable and appropriate for class. We have found it is all about sweats, sweatshirts, leggings and then “MIGHT” include jeans, khakis, skirts, dresses, and sweaters. Like I said, “MIGHT”. We recognize, you might just roll out of bed, throw on your backpack and go!

  • Clothing for social events: It is important to pack some clothes that you can dress up or down for social events. You might be in Kelly and require your business attire. Maybe you are doing RUSH. Maybe you are an artist and express yourself through artistic fashion forward choices….GO FOR IT! This is the time in your life to define some of your style choices. This might include dresses, skirts, blouses, scarves, kimonos, and pants.

  • Clothing for the weather: Be sure to pack clothes that are appropriate for the weather in your college town. This definitely includes shorts, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and coats. Indiana weather in an Indiana town. One way to save space is to decide when to bring cold weather items. You will not need them too much before Thanksgiving. You will see Summer end and then some cold and then a late Indiana summer again.

Linens You’ll need sheets, pillowcases, a mattress pad, and a blanket. You may also want to pack a comforter or bedspread if you get cold easily.

  • Sheets: Bring two/three sets of sheets for your bed. Twin XL sheets are the most common size for college dorms. If you are sending in your sheets to be cleaned, it is important to have another set to change your bedding to since we deliver the next day.

  • Pillowcases: Bring two pillowcases for your pillows. Also, bring your favorite pillow!

  • Mattress pad: A mattress pad can help to protect your mattress and make it more comfortable to sleep on. We recommend a tufted one. We have also seen, as a way to manage space, had students use their comforters and blankets as mattress pads. They then rotate out as the weather vhanges.

  • Blanket: Bring a blanket to keep you warm at night. Reminder, bring a light summer blanket.

Laundry Supplies-We have those! TLC has a multitude of laundry detergents, fabric softeners, stain remover, and a laundry bag for your preferences and needs. We think about organic, fragrance free, whitener etc….. We also can facilitate a seamstress or tailor. Maybe consider a Steamer: If your student is concerned about wrinkles, having a steamer handy will make their clothes look crisp. We will also, occasionally, use wrinkle release if something is highly wrinkly….Please feel free to ask us to send a small spray bottle back with your garments. Organization and Storage It is so important to organize your belongings. You are living with a person you might not have ever lived with before. It is very important to have a way to organize your belongings, so bring some storage bins, under-the-bed trays, and a desk organizer. You may also want to pack a bulletin board and pushpins to decorate your walls.

  • Storage bins: Storage bins can help you to keep your clothes, toiletries, and other belongings organized.

  • Under-the-bed trays: Under-the-bed trays can be used to store shoes, books, and other items that you don’t need to access on a regular basis.

  • Desk organizer: A desk organizer can help you to keep your desk clean and organized.

  • Bulletin board and pushpins: A bulletin board and pushpins can be used to decorate your walls and display photos, mementos, and other items.

  • A toiletry organizer: If you are using a community shower and bathroom, it is important to keep all of your items together and organized.

Electronics You have already started planning to bring your laptop, phone, charger, and any other electronics you use on a regular basis. You may also want to pack airbuds, portable speaker or headphones so you can listen to music or watch movies in your dorm room.

  • Laptop: Bring a laptop computer so you can do your schoolwork, surf the internet, and watch movies.

  • Phone: Bring a cell phone so you can stay in touch with your friends and family.

  • Phone Charger: Bring a charger for your laptop and phone so you can keep them powered up. Find a charger that is small and light enough to carry around and can quickly recharge your smartphone or tablet,

  • 3 Port USB Wall Charger: It is important to “always be charged.” With so many things that need power (phone, laptop, etc.) and so little outlets, this handy device is a lifesaver that can charge 4 devices at once.

  • Extra Long Charging Cords: Students use their phones for everything these days and want them close by at all hours. Most dorms don’t have a lot of outlets, so best to make sure they have a LOOONG cord for being able to have their phone as an alarm to wake up on time.

  • Other electronics: Bring any other electronics you use on a regular basis, such as a gaming console, tablet, or e-reader.

Appliances Let your student bring some mini appliances to help them make food and drinks whenever they have the urge. These are some popular items students bring with them:

  • Mini fridge: A mini fridge is a must-have for any college student. It will allow you to store food and drinks, which can be helpful for late-night study sessions or when you’re feeling homesick.

  • Microwave: A microwave is another helpful appliance for college students. It can be used to heat up food or make quick meals.

  • Coffee maker: A coffee maker is a great way to start your day off right. It can also be helpful for late-night study sessions or when you need a pick-me-up.

  • Water filter pitcher: A water filter is a great item to have in your dorm room. Easily refillable, they also cut down on the amount of plastic water bottles you’re tossing out.

Unusual Items There are a few unusual items that you might want to pack for college. These items might not be essential, but they can make your college experience more comfortable and enjoyable.

  • Surge protector: This is essential for keeping all of your electronics charged and protected from power surges.

  • A first-aid kit: This is always a good idea, especially if you’re living in a dorm with other people.

  • A plunger: This is one of those things that you hope you never need, but it’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it

  • Shower flip flops: It is best to invest in a good pair of waterproof shoes or sandals to wear in and out of the shower to keep your student’s feet safe and healthy.

  • Air purifier: An air purifier can help to remove allergens from the air, such as pollen, dust mites, and pet dander. This can help to reduce allergy symptoms, such as sneezing, coughing, and wheezing.

  • Dust-mite-proof bedding: Dust mites are tiny creatures that live in dust and can trigger allergic reactions in some people. Dust-mite-proof bedding can help to reduce the number of dust mites in your dorm room, which can help to reduce allergy symptoms.

  • Ultra Slim Velvet Hangers – Pack of 30: WE LIVE BY THESE in our own closets. Closet space is scarce in college dorm rooms, so make the most of it by using the slimmest hangers possible.

  • Command Hooks: These hooks are amazing—strong, can be placed almost anywhere, and don’t leave marks on the wall when you remove them. Amazon has an amazing selection of these hooks in a variety of sizes, strengths, and styles.

Tomorrow we will attach a checklist as well as some of the different closet and drawer orgainzers we use with our own students.

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