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The College Apartment/Dorm Starter List

If you're heading to college for the first time, there's a lot to bring.

Here's the "Essentials" list (not in any particular order) from freshmen and parents who've done this before.

It's geared for apartments, so there are some that can eliminated if you're living in the dorms.

Click Checklist -Dorm Room/Apartment for a pdf form. (Get the free Acrobat Reader here.)

WHN Reader Tip: Start a "College Box" senior year and buy a few extra items from the list every time you shop. It won't make such a dent in your budget when you spread it out over nine months!

Linens

  • Dish cloths and towels
  • Towels and wash cloths
  • Sheets, mattress pad and pillowcases

WHN Reader Tip: Don't Short-Sheet!
Verify the size and length of the mattress. Some dorms have extra-long mattresses, requiring longer sheets and mattress pads.

Kitchen Supplies

  • Baking pans
  • Blender
  • Bottle opener
  • Canister set
  • Can opener
  • Coffee maker
  • Colander
  • Cooking utensils
  • Cutlery
  • Cutting board
  • Dishes, plates, bowls, cups, silverware
  • Dish drying rack
  • Gallon pitcher
  • Hand mixer
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Microwave
  • Toaster oven
  • Mixing bowls
  • Oven mitts/pot holders
  • Four pots and pans

Household Items

  • All-purpose and special-purpose cleaner
  • Clothes detergent, stain spray, non-chlorine bleach
  • Dish soap, sponges
  • Hanging laundry bag or hamper
  • Over-the-door towel bar
  • Paper products (tissues, paper towel, and toilet paper)
  • Shower caddy
  • Shower curtain
  • Toiletries carry-all
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Waste basket
  • A few cleaning rags (for dusting ... yeah...right...)

Home Office/Study Items

  • Laptop
  • Printer and paper
  • Cross-cut shredder
  • Dictionary and thesaurus
  • Folders
  • Pens and pencils
  • Paper (notebook and printer paper)
  • Tape (adhesive, masking and packing)
  • Scissors
  • Stamps and envelopes (No. 10, 9x12 yellow envelopes)
  • Stapler and paper clips

First Aid

  • Antiseptic and anti-itch lotion
  • Bandages and gauze pads
  • Cold remedies
  • Cough drops
  • Elastic bandage
  • Medications and prescriptions for refills
  • Pain reliever
  • Thermometer
  • Tweezers

Miscellaneous

  • Cell phone
  • Alarm clock
  • All-purpose fire extinguisher (just a little one ...)
  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Desk/floor lamps
  • Dry-erase board and markers
  • Extension cords and power surge protectors
  • Fan
  • Flashlight and supply of batteries (all sizes)
  • Floor/throw cushions
  • Full-length mirror
  • Light bulbs
  • Rugs
  • Smoke detector
  • Sofa/chairs/beanbags
  • Stepstool/ladder
  • iPod speakers
  • Storage bins/shelves
  • Toolbox (hammer, screwdriver, level, etc.)
  • TV
  • Photos of family and pets

WHN Tip: Buy a combination night light/emergency light. If the power goes out, the light is ready for use.

E-mail us your items and advice!

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