College Guide 101: What to Bring With You to College?


Amy Denaj

College season is coming up, and soon we will be ready to pack our belongings. Whether you’re dorming or commuting, there is still a need to make sure you have your campus essentials. So what are the “essentials?” Well, you have come to the right place because the Rampage is here to give you advice! 

Essentials for students who are dorming: 

Comfortable Bedding

Locations: Bed Bath and Beyond, Amazon, Target, Walmart, Kohls, Dorm Co, Dormify

Cost: $40+

Bedding purchased online can also come in sets including towels.



Storage Containers

Locations: Walmart, Target, The Container Store, The Home Depot

Cost: $15+



Reading Lamp

Locations: Amazon, Target, Walmart, HomeGoods, IKEA, Lowes

Cost: $8+





Mini Refrigerator 

Locations: Walmart, Amazon, Dorm Co, BestBuy, Home Depot, Lowes, Target

Cost: $200+





Power Strip

Locations: Amazon, Target, Lowes, Home Depot, Belkin

Cost: $5+




Collapsible Laundry Basket 

Locations: Sears, Walmart, Target, Menards, Amazon, Home Depot

Cost: $20+



Bedside Shelf  

Locations: Amazon, Walmart, Target, Dorm Co, Sears, Etsy

Cost: $20+



Essentials for students that are commuting: 


Emergency Car Kit

Locations: Amazon, Lowes, Home Depot

Cost: $25+




An Extra Set of Clothes

Locations: Your closet

Cost: $0, unless you want to buy new clothes.




Rain Gear, Especially an Umbrella 

Locations: Amazon, Home Depot, Walmart, Target, Bed Bath and Beyond

Cost: $!+



Locations: Walmart, Home Depot, Lowes, Target

Cost: $10+


This list may seem hectic, and maybe even overwhelming, as we transition into a new chapter of our lives, but its purpose is to make you feel prepared. Good luck in the fall incoming freshmen!