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Tips for Moving into Your Dorm Room

Moving into a Dorm Room- The Ultimate Checklist

Dorm room living can be cramped, but it is an experience you will always remember. Living in such a small space, often with a roommate, can be challenging so it’s important to bring everything you need without overcrowding the room. You should make sure to discuss your packing list with your roommate before you arrive, so you guys can eliminate duplicate items that you both can share. Here are some tips for moving into a dorm from your local Columbus movers!


Your own bedding is a must. Remember that dorm rooms often have extra-long twin beds, so you’ll need sheets that are in that size. Make sure you bring your pillows and pillowcases, along with a blanket and comforter if the nights get chilly. Most dorm rooms have uncomfortable beds, so a mattress pad is a great idea to stay comfortable throughout the school year. You’ll want to buy some bed raisers or blocks to lift your bed up higher for valuable storage space underneath it. Packing a sleeping bag for guests who might spend the night is also a great suggestion.


Some dorms provide bathrooms in each room, while others are considered public or shared. Find out what kind of bathroom facilities you will end up with in case you need to bring items like a bath rug and shower curtain. Be sure to bring new clean towels, a bathrobe, and all your essential toiletries. Make a checklist of the things you use on a regular basis including your toothbrush and toothpaste, bathroom cups, your own comb or brush, cosmetic items, deodorant, soap, body wash, shampoo, and conditioner. Do not forget grooming essentials like tissue, nail clippers, mouthwash, dental floss, and hair tools like curling irons or hair dryers. A pair of flip-flops is recommended to wear in and out of the shower, especially if the bathrooms are public. This will help to protect your feet and prevent athlete's foot. A bath caddy is an important accessory that allows you to carry your small bathroom items with you down the hallway and keep them organized in your dorm.


College students attend all kinds of different events. From the party down the street to a school function, it's a great idea to be prepared when it comes to clothing. You will want to find out how much drawer or closet space you have so you do not end up bringing too much, but a wide variety of clothing, from day to evening, casual, workout gear, etc. Don’t forget some business attire for class presentations, interviews, off campus jobs, etc. A good winter coat is also suggested if you're in a winter area.

Computer/School Supplies

Make sure you bring your laptop with Microsoft Office installed. You’ll need this for all your classes and your dorm should have access to the campus internet for you to be able to get your work done and surf the web. Determine if you will have to buy or rent your textbooks, and get a general price list. College books can be quite expensive, so plan. Make sure you have a backpack or tote bag that can carry your books, laptop, and other items to and from class and around campus.


Some dorms have a refrigerator, stove, and microwave. Get information on what kind of appliances your dorm room will have. If there is nothing included, a micro fridge is a great way to keep your food cold. Most students who live in the dorms also buy food plans, so they eat most major meals at the school cafeteria. For every day food items, be sure to bring some bottled water, snacks like cereal, granola bars, popcorn, and things like Easy Mac and Ramen noodles, so you will have a quick meal on the fly. You can also bring popcorn, soda, soups, juice boxes, and chips or some of your other favorite snacks so you have something to munch on when studying or relaxing. 


Many dorms have in-house laundry facilities, but it costs you some money. Find out if you need quarters or need to add money to your student ID to access the machines. Bring plenty of quarters so you can do your laundry whenever you need to. Have a hamper or clothes bag available for your dirty clothing, and bring along some hangers for your clean clothes. Bring along your own detergent and dryer sheets so you don't have to pay extra. An iron and mini ironing board and drying rack can also come in handy if you have the space.

Living in the dorms can be tight, but if you plan, coordinate with your roommate, and maximize your space you can make the most of your small home. Our long-distance movers at All My Sons Moving & Storage are always on hand to help with your move, no matter the size. We hope these tips for moving into a dorm were helpful!