Packing List

New timer to college? Don’t know what to expect or what to bring? Make sure you  bring everything you will need for undergrad life at Wright State!
Here is a comprehensive list of items you may want to think about bringing!

Bed sheets- Make sure these will fit a Twin XL bed. You can find these at places like Target and Walmart.
Pillow Cases

Mattress Pad – This is just a suggestion. I slept just fine without one my three years in the res. halls
Under Bed Storage- Totes will do just fine. You can use them to move stuff from home to school and they double as storage!

Alarm Clock- Just-in-case your phone alarm messes up or you set the wrong time. I cannot begin to tell you how many times this has happened to me.
Push pins- You cannot use nails in the walls and can only use push pins or command strips.
Bulletin Board/white board- Perfect for making note of assignments , reminders, or putting it on your bedroom door for other people to leave you messages.
Posters/decorations- To give your room some life. Make your room as “homey” as possible and make it an expression of who you are.
Lamp- Spider lamps that have a plastic shades for each light bulb are not allowed. These are fire hazards and are known to melt.
Waste Basket

Desk Lamp
School Supplies- folders, calendars, post its, paper clips, pens, pencils, stapler, scissors, etc.
Desk Organizers
Index Cards

Laptop- All of the on-campus residence halls have computers for your use at all times. There are also a number of computers in different buildings on campus, including the Student Union and the Dunbar Library, so don’t feel like you NEED to buy a laptop to have a productive, successful school year.
Digital Camera- you don’t want to miss out on documenting your freshmen year!
Printer- Check out information on wireless printers here!
Headphones- This is a great idea, especially if you’re going to have a roommate. There will be times you’re both in the room and may not want to watch/listen to the same thing. Having headphones is a great way to avoid any issues.
Paper- You only need to bring this if you’re bringing a printer.
Cables- HDMI cables are good from hooking your computer up to your TV. You can do homework on a big screen or stream Netflix to your TV.
Video Game Console/Video Games
Land Line Phone- if cell phone coverage goes down, you will be able to reach family with a land line
Power Strip/Surge Protector- If you have a lot of things that require plugs, a power strip can allow you to use more things at once.
Cell phone & Charger
Television- ask your roommate who is  going to bring a TV. Two TV’s in a room makes for a more crowded space.
iPod/MP3 Player

USB Flash Drive- I do not know where I would be without my flash drive, these are very necessary!
Extension cords


With the following items, talk to your roommate before you move in to see if there are items you will or can share. This will help save space. My freshman and sophomore year, my roommate and I shared things like a can opener, coffee maker, utensils, bowls, plates, etc.
Coffee Maker
Can/Bottle Opener
Chip Clips
Plastic Food Containers
Water Filter/Filtered Water Bottle
Ziploc Bags
Paper Towels
or Napkins
Dish Soap & Towels
(glassware, plastic, or paper)
(metal or plastic)- If you opt for plastic utensils, I recommend bringing AT LEAST one steak knife.
(glassware or paper)
Cutting Board

Bottled Water
Granola Bars
Microwaveable Meals

Microwave Recipes – Key to eating awesome in the res. halls! Check out our Pinterest account for res hall friendly ideas:
Shelf Stable Food

Shower Caddy
Shower Flip Flops
Hair Dryer
First Aid Kit
- The first time you cut yourself and realize you don’t have band-aids, you will wish that you would have brought one of these.
Vitamins- Vitamins will keep you happy and healthy! These are a must during the winter months!
Condoms/Birth Control
Pain Relievers

Pepto Bismol- After eating so much pizza your first couple of weeks, you will need some stomach relief.

Seasonal Clothing- You will have a chance to go home later to grab your Winter clothes. You do not have enough room to bring your whole wardrobe, believe me.. I tried.
Clothes Hangers
Laundry detergent
Laundry hamper/bag
Stain Remover
Dryer Sheets
Tide Pen

Driving License
Social Security Card
Student ID
Medical Insurance Card
Debit Card
- much needed for studying during the day
Sewing Kit
Safety Pins
Light Bulbs
-Only need these if you’re bringing a lamp.
Bug Spray

Duct Tape- It fixes everything..
Baby Wipes
Lysol Wipes and Spray
Command Strips-
These are great for hanging things on walls that won’t hold tape. You can use them with the plastic hook, or buy the strips individually. I put one with a hook by my bedroom door to hang my keys on so I never lost them, and used the strips individually to hang up posters and picture frames.


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    Hi, I see no mention made of mini fridges? Are they allowed and if so, is there a size or electrically limit? Thanks.

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    Fridges are allowed! As long as they are mini!

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