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How To Prep For College Dorm

By A. MIRANDA, CBS Houston
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This list contains essentials  you need to survive your first year of college in a dorm. Your degree plan, life style and personality should be considered while following the list.

Room Supplies

  • Bedside touch lamp
  • Alarm clock with battery back-up
  • Small trash can
  • Stackable crates
  • Plastic storage bins
  • Cedar trunk
  • Clothes pins and mini-drying rack
  • Mini ironing board and iron
  • Push pin bulletin board
  • Dry erase calendar

Computer Electronics and Accessories

  • Surge protector – Premium
  • Laptop Computer w/ wifi, ethernet cord and camera
  • Extension cords (outdoor type)
  • Headphones with mic for cell phone
  • Cell phone with camcorder, camera, texting , internet
  • Flash drive and back up external hardrive for PC/MAC  (as big a storage drive as you can get)

Clothing and Clothing Care Items

  • Portable small sewing kit
  • Plastic hangars
  • 2  Lint brushes, 2 shoe horns
  • Detergent, dryer sheets, stain removers
  • Coins for laundry machines
  • 14 Pair of pants
  • 14 Pair of shirts
  • 30 Pair of underwear
  • 30 Pair of socks
  • 5 Sets of thick sweats
  • 5 Sets of  regular sweats
  • 1 Long trench coat w/ heavy liner
  • 1 Heavy coat
  • 5 Pajamas
  • 2 Sets of  slippers
  • 5 Footies
  • Sandals
  • Beach shoes
  • 2 Swim suits
  • 2 Pair of canvas shoes
  • 3 Pair of tennis shoes
  • 1 Business casual, tie
  • 1 Suit

Bath Needs

  • Shower shoes
  • 7 Bath sheets/ Towels
  • 7 Hand towels
  • 7 Face towels
  • Laundry bag , netting, and hamper
  • 4 Bed sheets ( college long fit)
  • 4 Fitted bed sheets (college long fit)
  • 2 Comforters
  • 1 Thermal blanket
  • 2 Light quilts

Personal Toiletries

  • Mouthwash
  • Hand sanitizer (refill bottle and small personal travel bottles)
  • Antacids
  • Pain relievers
  • Muscle relaxers
  • Antinflammatory medicine
  • Antidiarrhea
  • Cough and cold meds
  • First aid kit
  • Bandaids of various sizes
  • Hair grooming and cleaning products
  • Bath soap (16 bars or one bar for every week in attendance.)
  • Bath soap container or baggie
  • Two tooth brushes
  • Cup for rinsing and  mouth wash
  • Manicure / pedicure kit
  • 6 Floss packs and 1 dental pick
  • Safety razors and shaving cream/oil
  • Lotion
  • Q-tips, ear wash, cotton swabs
  • Deodorant
  • Body powder, shoe powder

School Supplies

  • Pencils, pens, highliters, washable/dryerase markers(various colors)
  • Ruler (containing various measurements)
  • Paper clips, bull dog clips, stapler
  • Postits of various sizes and colors
  • Binders
  • Small note books
  • Index cards(3×5)
  • Dividers
  • Battery voice recorders/camcorders (capable of 3+ hours recording)
  • 3 Hole  plastic zipper cases
  • 3 Hole paper protectors
  • Back pack
  • Rolling suit case styled backpack
  • Water tight computer case
  • Weather gear
  • Long rain coat
  • Golf umbrella
  • Mini umbrella
  • Golashes or hiking boots
  • Shades w/  UV protection
  • Sun hat or Baseball cap
  • Sunblock
  • Chapstick
  • Portable water bottles

Grocery Items

  • All purpose cleaner
  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Various-sized storage bags
  • Wet wipes
  • Cleanser wipes
  • Plastic microwaveable food containers of various sizes
  • 4 Sets of dishes
  • T.V.  trays
  • Bottle opener / can opener

Kitchenette  & Living Items  ( If Allowed )

  • Microwave oven
  • Coffee/ tea maker
  • Toaster oven
  • Small hot plate
  • Dorm size fridge
  • Small dvd player w screen
  • Rug or area carpet
  • Wall art, motifs, decorations and family pictures

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