When heading off to college for the first time it’s an exciting time but also a challenge to know exactly what you will need. Let’s start with the basics of clothes, shoes, laptop, and grooming items. You will also need bedding such as sheets, blankets, comforter and pillow. The nice things to have are also your ipod, stereo and a microwave. If your dorm has kitchens you may want a couple of pots and a frying pan for cooking on weekends. This might not be necessary if you are on the meal plan. Talk with your roomate before packing to make sure on big items that you are not both bringing them as space will be tight. If you can bring a small TV it’s a nice to have since the lounge TV is always shared by everyone.