What to Bring to Move-in Day!!

It is shocking to think that I am about to finish my first year of my college career. It seems like only yesterday I had moved in. Reminiscing about move in day made me want to blog about what an incoming freshman should bring when they move in. Trust me I know it may seem like you have to bring your whole house since you’ll be away from home, but I have learned from experience that you won’t need your whole house here. Besides your dorm room won’t be big enough to fit all your belongings so, to avoid a cramp space I would suggest choosing wisely. However, if you are like me, it can be hard choosing which items to bring. So, I here is a list that I found from xatal.com with my advice added.

What to Items to bring:


Chances are you’re already fine in the clothing department because you’ll be taking a lot of your current clothes with you, but it’s best to always make sure you have enough of what you need.

  • Pants/shorts
  • Shirts, t-shirts, long-sleeved shirts
  • Sweatshirts
  • Pajamas or other night-wear
  • Robe
  • Sportswear, as needed (basketball shorts, tank tops, etc)
  • Underwear!
  • Plenty of socks
  • Belt(s)
  • A couple good pairs of shoes
  • Flip flops (a college essential!)
  • Rain gear suitable for big downpours
  • Snow gear, if it snows where you’re going to school
  • Quality hat
  • Gloves
  • Watch
  • Plenty of purses (ladies)
  • One formal outfit


Definitely bring clothes that fit the weather. The weather here can be unpredictable, but be sure to limit the amount of clothes you do bring. The closets in the dorms are big enough to fit a good amount of clothes, but you could use that space to store other things. For those students who are from Illinois, I would suggest that you bring clothes for the season with an outfit or two just in case the weather changes. So when move-in day comes there is no need to bring all your winter clothes just an outfit or two just in case. It is much easier to get clothes from home once the weather begins to change and it will save you space. For those who are out of state or international students I would suggest that you bring a good amount of clothes. The closets are big enough to fit a lot of clothes. You could also go to the shopping mall close to campus to shop for clothes.


Ideally, you don’t want to have to do laundry more than once a week. If you buy enough supplies, you can cut down the amount of time you waste doing laundry big time.

  • Fabric softener
  • Bleach (colorsafe is always good!)
  • Laundry detergent
  • Something to put your dirty clothes in. Make sure you’re also able to carry it easily to the laundry room. I got a nice nylon bag that won’t take up too much space nor be too hard to carry.
  • An iron, if necessary
  • Marking pen
  • Stain remover


This basically covers all the supplies you’ll need for laundry. I usually do laundry once a day and since laundry isn’t put into the tuition you will be spending $1.25 per wash and $1.00 per dryer. With this said I would advise that you save up your change and use it for laundry. I have a piggy bank I put all my change in and it usually adds up enough for me to do laundry. One thing I will suggest is bring enough underwear, socks, and undershirts because this will definitely come in use when you have a hectic week and can’t do laundry.


Bathroom Supplies:

This is where it becomes easy to forget something. There are so many little things, you’re likely to forget something. If it’s something that runs out, like soap, toothpaste, etc., it might be best to buy it in bulk now so that you don’t have to worry about it running out on you at the worst of times.

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste
  • Razors and shaving cream
  • Shampoo, conditioner, body wash
  • Soap
  • Floss
  • Hair Dryer
  • Tweezers
  • Band aids and other first aid essentials
  • Tampons, pads (for the ladies)
  • Makeup (also for the ladies)
  • Anything needed for contact lenses or glasses
  • Anything needed for a retainer you might have
  • Deodorant
  • Chap stick
  • Q-tips
  • Brush/comb
  • Fingernail/toenail clippers
  • Gel/mouse/hair spray
  • Perfume/cologne
  • Mouthwash
  • Aspirin and other must-have over-the-counter medications for conditions you may have, like allergies, stomachache, etc. It’s better to have these on hand now than have to get them when you feel awful. Things like vitamins and cough drops are good to have.
  • Lotions, moisturizers, whatever such things you use
  • Towels, hand towels, and washcloths. I recommend having at least 3 towels, 3 hand towels, and 7 washcloths, that way you can go a week without doing laundry if you double up slightly.
  • Flip flops are a great way to prevent athelete’s foot in the showers.
  • Something to carry all this in when you go to the bathroom


I would say this is a good list for bathroom supplies. I definitely have everything on this list and I do use all of it as well. The main item I would suggest you don’t forget is flip flops since you will be showering in showers that are used by many students depending on where you’re living. This will avoid any infections or other medical issues that can arise by walking or showering barefoot.

Bedroom Supplies:

  • Bed sheets. Colleges always seem to use extra long sheets, so when you go shopping, look for “Extra Long Twin” if that’s how your school goes. I recommend buying two sets.
  • Blankets. Make sure you have enough to keep you warm, and it’s good to have an extra, for whatever reason.
  • Mattress pad
  • Posters & pictures to decorate your dorm
  • Storage containers, as needed
  • Hangers to put all of your clothes on
  • Bulletin/white board
  • Flashlight
  • Febreeze or some other odor remover
  • Curtains, if not already provided
  • Night light
  • Post-It notes
  • Rug if you have hardwood floors
  • Calendar
  • Maybe a broom and a dustpan?
  • Waste basket IF your school doesn’t supply one.


This list is basically what you make it especially when talking about decorations. Every student has a different way of decorating there room. Have fun decorating your room since you will be living there for the school year. I would say a calendar does come in handy especially when you have numerous assignments due or numerous events coming up. It is much easier to put them all up on a calendar and look at it when you need to. I wouldn’t suggest bringing another storage container because you are provided one already however, some dorms are bigger than others so for the bigger dorms I don’t think it would be much of a problem in regards to space.

School Supplies:

Sorry, just because you’re out of high school doesn’t mean you can get out of good ol’ Back to School shopping! Luckily, because you’re older, you no longer need as much of the other things like glue, colored pencils, and so forth.

  • Pens and pencils
  • Plenty of binder and printer paper
  • Paperclips
  • Index cards
  • Ruler
  • Stamps and envelopes
  • Notebooks and/or binders
  • Folders
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Stapler and staples
  • Highlighters
  • Scissors
  • Backpack
  • Calculator
  • Hole punch
  • Tape, both scotch and masking tape


Most of these items aren’t truly necessary, but rather handy. You can find all these things in the library or other similar buildings. However, it is nice to have your own. I will say that I do use many notebooks and pen and pencils to take notes. I also utilize folders to stay organized. I would bring these items just because they are helpful to have when you do end up using them.


Electronics and Appliances:

  • Computer. Laptops are preferable (how to pick a good computer & quality free software)
  • Printer
  • Ethernet cord
  • Some way to secure your laptop, like a lock
  • A carrying case for your laptop
  • Alarm clock
  • Speakers for your computer and/or a stereo
  • USB drive. Most sizes are fine, but I recommend at least one gigabyte.
  • Blank media, like CD-Rs or DVD-Rs.
  • MP3/CD(/tape?) player and headphones
  • Desk lamp
  • Power strip with many outlets. Find one with a surge protector!
  • Extension cord.
  • Camera
  • Phone for using on the land line. You never know when your cell phone might be on the fritz.
  • Small fan and/or heater depending on what the climate is like
  • Chargers for anything that uses one: cell phones, iPods, electric razors, cameras, etc.
  • Batteries for anything that needs them: remote controls, alarm clocks, MP3 players, etc. It’s always better to have too many than not have any when you need them most.
  • 2/3 prong adapters.


All these items I have used at least once while I have been up here. I enjoy having a printer since I don’t have to go to the library or the computer lab to print a paper out. However, if you don’t feel like having a printer the dorms do have their own library and computer labs. There is a cost for each sheet of paper you print, but even then this fee is very minimal. DEFINITELY bring a fan if you are in a dorm that does not have air conditioning. You will thank me for this advice once the school year starts. It gets very hot especially during the first few months of the school year. I actually had three fans running to cool my room. The rooms have heating for the winter so, you’ll be fine once winter comes along.

Other Advice:

Talk to your roommate about certain items such as a T.V., refrigerator, microwave, etc. These items can be expensive and it would be less costly if you communicated with each other to see who will bring what. If you prefer to have your own of any of these items that is fine as well. My roommate and I both have separate refrigerators.

Hope this helps J

Until Next Time,

Luis Miguel Alanis


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March 22, 2011, 3:03 pm

Great and helpful information!



April 3, 2011, 5:45 pm

This is a helpful list, thanks!

Two questions:

1) Does the university hand out student planners? If not, that would be a great addition to the list right next to a calendar.

2) Do the dorm rooms get cable television?


Cesar Chavez

May 8, 2011, 11:19 pm

1. The University does not hand out planners. However, you can find the iBook throughout the year in any of our three bookstores here on Campus. They are really not expensive and can help a lot. They include information about the University, a map, coupons to different little restaurants here on campus. It is basically as if you pay for the iBook and get it free in the end because you get free foo.