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What Should I Pack for College?

Posted: June 23, 2022
Two college students packing up their dorm room.

Figuring out what you should pack for college is never an easy task. First you will have to figure out what’s allowed in the dorms. Next you have to figure out what you want to bring from home. Finally, you will need to decide whether you should bring some items and then swap it out with other items when visiting home. 

Moving Help® can make the process of packing for college a little easier with the help of our packing lists or by hiring one of our Service Providers to take care of packing for you. 

What Are Some Dorm Room Essentials?

Packing up your life and moving to your new school can end up meaning you’ll have a lot of things to pack. So that is why we compiled a series of lists to help you stay organized and not get overwhelmed when packing. 


  • Mattress pad or topper 
  • Bedding 
  • Alarm clock 
  • Pillows 
  • Blankets 
  • Mirror 


  • Shower caddy 
  • Shower shoes 
  • Towels 
  • Vanity mirror 
  • Cleaning supplies 

Living Area

  • Mini fridge 
  • Microwave 
  • Coffee maker 
  • Rug 
  • Trash can 
  • Removable hooks 
  • Decorations 
  • Desk lamp 

Other Useful Items

  • Long charging cord for phones 
  • Extension cord 
  • Power strip 
  • Reusable water bottle or water filter 
  • Storage bins 
  • Laundry basket 
  • Backpack 
  • Masks 
  • Laundry detergent 

What’s Allowed in the Dorms? 

Some colleges will allow certain items, and some colleges won’t allow certain items. Every college is different. The best way to find out is to go online and see what your college allows.

Ultimately, you’ll want to make sure every item you’re bringing is allowed because nothing is worse than finding out after all that time you spent packing and travelling just to find out that item isn’t allowed. 

How Can Moving Help Assist Me Moving Into the Dorms? 

The Moving Help Marketplace has Service Providers in many areas. If you need help loading your dorm room essentials at home, a Service Provider can be there to help you load. If you need help unloading at your college, a Service Provider can be there as well to help you unload.

Depending on the Moving Help Service Provider you choose, the Service Provider can also help you with packing. Packing for college can be difficult even after figuring out what to pack, so why not give yourself an extra set of hands or two to help make the loading or unloading process go much faster and smoother. 

Less Is More When You Pack for College

It’s natural to be tempted to bring everything from home, but you’ll most likely move out in a year. That’s why going in with only the essentials will be helpful. You’ll have limited space, and you won’t need everything you think you might need. 

The more items you bring with you means the more items you have to pack when you move out. And when you move out, you’ll be exhausted from dead week and finals week. Luckily, moving in and moving out of dorms doesn’t have to be that exhausting. In short, with Moving Help, you can easily find a Service Provider on the Marketplace that can help you with packing for college.