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Whether you just got your acceptance letter, or you’re moving into your dorm in two weeks, it’s never too early - or too late - to shop for college essentials. Moving away for the first time can be stressful and having a thorough checklist on hand can make the process so much easier. What are you going to need? What should you bring and what should your roommate bring? What are those little items that everyone always forgets? How are you even supposed to know all of this? Don’t panic. Bed Bath & Beyond has taken care of everything.

From big things like Twin XL bedding, laundry baskets, and area rugs to little things like dishes, batteries, and wastebaskets, Bed Bath & Beyond's college dorm checklist covers everything you'll need to make your dorm feel like home. When creating your college wish list online, reference our college dorm checklist, or print it out to bring to your local Bed Bath & Beyond store.

You can certainly begin crossing items off your checklist, but first here are just a few examples of the things everyone should consider purchasing new for their dorm room, aside from the obvious stuff. Bed risers, for example, are a great idea. Dorm beds are typically low and boosting them up a few inches gives you more storage space underneath. Mattress toppers and protectors provide both extra comfort and protection from any critters that come from living in close quarters. Aromatherapy diffusers are great for stress relief and also cover up any stinky dorm issues. Mesh shower totes help prevent mildew from getting in your stuff and keep it organized at the same time. And there’s so much more! Ask one of our experts for help if you need guidance.

Once you have your college checklist on hand and ready, it’s time to shop - and then pack. No worries; we have some time-tested expert advice to plan and organize your move to campus. First, check with your college or university to make sure the items on your checklist are allowed (i.e., microwaves or mini-fridges). Adjust the list accordingly. Inventory the stuff you already have at home and cross those off your list if you don’t need new ones. Then, to avoid lugging dorm items from place to place, check out Bed Bath & Beyond's Pack & Hold™ service to make the moving process just a little simpler. Don’t forget to number your boxes and write the corresponding number on your checklist as you pack each item. It will be so easy to unpack once you arrive on campus!