-Doing laundry during college is not going to be a priority. That doesn't mean bring more clothes. Trust me.
-You'd be surprised how little you actually need in terms of clothing:
- 4 pairs of pants or jeans
- 4 shirts
- 2 hooded sweatshirts
- 2 or 3 pair of shoes (yes, that seems minimalistic to some)
- 7 pair socks, 7 underwear
- 2 pair pajamas or what passes for pajamas
- jackets, one that's really warm for winter
- winter scarf or hat, mittens or gloves
So much for clothing.
Completely Pointless Items Nobody Ever Uses in College:
- Iron and ironing board (you will use these never....and this carries on into adult life)
- Vacuum (you must be kidding)
- Your own shower curtain (the great majority of dorm showers are multi-stall and not private)
- Set of dishes ...skip these, or buy four plates and four bowls from Goodwill or a garage sale. All you really need. Ditto silverware.
- Sewing kit: Would you actually use it? I thought not.
- A lap desk?? Really?
- A jewelry organizer... for what?
- Bed skirt (that's actually pretty funny)
- Several sets of sheets .... Nope, you need one set, maybe two. See laundry habits above.
- Storage trunk. And this would go where?
- Shoe storage racks. Everyone knows that shoes are thrown on the floor of the closet.
- Lounge seating. Where is this lounge exactly??
- Clothing steamer
- Coffee maker
- Dining table (they actually suggested that)
- Garment Bags
- Skirt hangers (unless you wear skirts all the time, I suppose)
- Closet organizer (ha!)
- Gym bag
- Socks to wear with rain boots
- An upgraded shower head, if your school allows it
- Self Tanning lotion, as well as eye cream, foundation, and concealer
- Formal clutch (that's a purse you use with a formal dress)
- Formal dress
- Little black dress
- Going out purse (??)
- Sleep mask
- Tool kit
Remember, you're sharing the tiny dorm with someone else. Be considerate of your roommate, too.
(drum roll) ****A futon****
Do not, let me repeat, do not purchase a futon for a dorm room
- There's not enough room in the dorm
- They're not fun to carry and wrangle and maneuver into a dorm room
- They're always bigger than you think they are
- They're awful to sleep on even if you could get it into the room
- There's already two or more 'beds' in the room, there is no room for a futon
- Did I mention there's no room?
- Your parent(s) will try valiantly to deliver said futon, and when they've gotten up all 12 floors and realize it won't work, they'll have to bring it back down again. This will not make them happy.
- On a hot August or early September day, the last thing you want to deal with is moving a futon. Trust me.
- Yes, you're probably 'lofting' the beds in your dorm. No, that doesn't mean there's room for a futon underneath. A couple of lawn chairs and a cardboard box for a table, yes.
Here are some things that actually are helpful:
A Fan. The great majority of dorms are not air conditioned, and the end of August/beginning of September is hot.
That's all I can think of. Bring a fan.