So here are some things that I suggest having for your dorm room.
Most dorms have unique rules on what you can and can't have so check your school's website.
Before you get started, contact your roommate. See who has a TV, a fridge, a rug ect. Agree whether to share or not.
Step #1: Think of everything you do on a regular day to get ready for school and bring all of that stuff.
Step #2: Pack the clothes you need, based on your circumstances. For example, If you are going to school close to home, there's no ned to bring 100% of your wardrobe. Or if you are going to Montana, don't bring a bunch of shorts.
Step #3: Storage solutions: Hanging closet things, bed risers, storage cubes, sacks. If you know you have a lot of something, think of a way to store it.
Step #4: Don't worry about forgetting something, wherever you are going has stores too.
Step #5: Try to pack as compactly as possible. If your family has a hand-truck, bring it. Move-in day will be crowded and hectic you want to make as few trips up and down stairs as possible.
Bed set with 2 sets of sheets and a mattress pad
Computer and charger
Your ID, Social security card, birth certificate, insurance info and bank info
*(your phone can serve as an alarm clock, you can buy food when you get there)
*(these can be bought when you get there, but if you like a particular brand you may want them ahead of time)
Pouf/bath gloves (no wash cloth)
Large bath towels (and or) Robe*
(2 Bottles each) of shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, razors and body lotion.
2 toothbrushes and toothpaste, mouthwash, and floss.
Face wash and moisturizer.
Hair products including styling products, tools, accessories (hair ties), and deep treatments.
Cotton balls, makeup remover swabs/Q-tips, nail care, etc.
A shower Caddy and 1 storage bin to hold them all
(in a co-ed dorm, anyone could be on your hall when you get out of the shower, so it’s a good idea to be covered up )
(all of these can be bought on arrival)
Your favorite non-perishable items
Something to eat/drink them out of
Box of plastic spoons & forks
A Brita pitcher
1 bin for extra toiletries
1-2 for food and Cups, plates ect.
Closet hanging shoe/jeans rack
An under bed unit. Plastic or cloth*
A large duffel bag/suitcase/ can act as a storage unit too*
A large nylon laundry bag *
(depending on how many/few clothes and shoes you are bringing, don't buy suitcases unless you are going on a plane)
Dry Erase board
Iron & mini board
TV w/ cable cord
DVD player and dvds
Gaming Console and controllers
Scissors and tape
Large shoe racks
All your clothes/shoes/accessories
5 and below