Annie’s College Packing List

If you have a child leaving for college, you know what this month means. Dorm shopping! With Annie being our fourth child going to college, I think I have the shopping list down. Of all my kids, her dorm room is the smallest. (I have a love seat on our list and I don’t think she actually has room for it!) Annie is going with bright neutrals to make the space feel bigger, and we’ll make sure that everything has its place so that it feels roomy, too.

Let’s do this!



Mattress pad

Sheets (most college dorm beds are twin XL…this was news to me!)




Body pillow (My daughter Grace had this because her bed was right up against a cement wall and this gave her a little cushion)

Headboard (this is more decorative than functional)

Under bed storage


Shower caddy

Shower shoes (flip flops or slides)


Rug for in front of room sink

Toiletries (including hand soap and dish soap for room sink if there is one)

First aid: Bandaids, cold medicine, pain reliever, vitamins


Makeup mirror

Custom light with Annie’s name

Table lamps

9-drawer dresser (will double as a nightstand as it will be tall enough for Annie’s lofted bed)

Rug (this one) or this one

Mini fridge

Trunk for all the stuff that doesn’t fit anywhere else

Love seat or futon (Facebook Marketplace is also great for this)

TV (Facebook Marketplace is great for this, too)

Collapsable hamper

Laundry basket 

Tide pods (kids seem to like this over the big jug of detergent) and Color Grabbers (in case those reds get washed with those whites–my friend Jen told me about these)



Fan (even if the dorm has air conditioning, this seems to come in handy)


Stackers for sweaters

Shoe rack or over-the-door shoe bag



School supplies

Desk lamp

Extension cords

Surge protectors


Backpack/book bag


Water bottle

Coffee maker

Travel coffee mug

Place setting (or plastic and paper ones that they can just throw away work great, too)


Cleaning items (paper towels, disinfectant, Swiffer sweeper)

A good winter coat if they’re going somewhere cold



Pro Tips:

–If you are driving, we bring all of the clothes already on hangers and then we could just hang them right up when we get into the room.

–Last year, I asked Eddie if he could give me his “must-have” ideas for school and they were pretty funny. These might be helpful, too.

–And one more little story I put together last August after I moved Grace in for her senior year.

As always, just holler if you have any questions. Good luck!


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My name is Ann Marie Scheidler and I'm thrilled you've decided to check out my blog. I'm a pearl-loving yogi with a thing for travel, a weakness for beautiful bags, and a passion for storytelling. In this space, I'll be sharing stories about my family, go-to recipes, my wellness journey, fashion and beauty favorites, and my love for Chicago’s North Shore. I find new inspiration wherever I go. Thanks so much for coming along for the ride!


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