Going away to college is a rite of passage. For many students, it will mark the first time they have ever lived away from home and most will spend at least the first year in a college dorm. Ensuring they have everything they need for this transition will make college life more pleasant and provide much needed peace of mind for parents.

One essential piece of equipment for modern day college students is a reliable laptop. Having a laptop at college will make it easier to keep work organized and provide a valuable resource when researching information for class. A laptop also provides a great way to stay in touch with the family and can be an appreciated source of entertainment during down times.

The school will provide a bed but students must bring their own bedding. It is a good idea to bring at least two sets of sheets, so there will always be something clean if there is a delay in doing laundry. The same is true of bath towels. Pack extras so students do not have to do laundry as frequently.

Most dorm rooms do not have private bathrooms, so students should have a bathrobe. This allows them to walk to and from the community bathroom without having to get completely dressed every time they walk out of the dorm room.

Dorm rooms are typically very small with extremely limited storage space. Taking along an assortment of baskets and bins for socks, underwear, school supplies, clothing accessories and personal care items will eliminate the clutter and keep the room organized allowing roommates to maximize the available space.

A clothes hamper provides a convenient place to store dirty clothes until laundry day. When it is time to do laundry, the hamper is useful for transporting clothing to and from the laundry room.

A mini refrigerator is a must-have for many students. These small appliances are ideal for keeping snacks and beverages cold.

Students who bring everything they need for the dorm can eliminate the need to go shopping. Instead, they can start setting the room up right away and be prepared to focus on classes.

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