Is your child getting ready to leave the cozy nest in The Woodlands to go to college? This is an exciting and nerve-wracking time for everyone involved. You’re proud of your student for furthering their education, but you’ll miss having them around at home. Because you can’t go to college with your child to ensure a smooth transition, the next best thing you can do is make sure they are prepared for success. To help the transition, provide your student with the essentials. Here’s what to bring to college.


What to Bring to College

If this is your child’s freshman year, he or she is probably living in a dorm. Follow this dorm room checklist to make sure your student has all of the necessities:


  • Sheets
  • Pillows
  • Mattress pad
  • Blanket


  • Toiletries
  • Towels
  • Flip-flops/shower shoes
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Shower caddy

School Supplies

  • Laptop
  • Notebooks
  • Lamp
  • Pens and pencils
  • Stapler
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Highlighters
  • Index cards


  • Mini fridge
  • Microwave
  • Forks, knives, and spoons (plastic may be easier)


  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Laundry bag
  • Storage bin
  • Storage hooks
  • Sticky tack (for posters and hanging things on the walls)
  • Hangers

For a more extensive college move-in checklist, go here.


What NOT to Bring to College

Don’t send your student to college with the following items. They take up much-needed space and aren’t necessary.


There are printers all over campus, and probably in the dorm building as well.

Iron and Ironing Board

We guarantee your student will not use these.


It’s hardly worth lugging a television up the stairs when your student can easily watch Netflix on a laptop.

Kitchen Appliances

You really don’t need a toaster or blender in a dorm room. Your student can find the essentials in the dining hall.

A Year’s Worth of Clothes

Just pack for the season. Plus, this gives your child a great excuse to come home to The Woodlands to pick up more clothes!

Tip: Make sure your student keeps in touch with his/her roommate before the move to figure out who’s bringing what. Two mini-fridges take up a lot of space in a small dorm room. Also, keep in mind that you are packing for a basic dorm room, not an apartment.


The Next Step

Now that you know what to bring to college, the next step is getting your student there! First of all, consider where your child is attending school. Is your child going to an out-of-state school? That will be a major lifestyle change, but your student will relish and grow from the independence. You may want to consider a long-distance moving company to help.

Or, is your student going to one of the Houston universities? If so, that’s great news! When your Woodlands son or daughter attends a Houston university, they get the best of both worlds. They get to experience living on their own while still being an easy drive away from home.

If your child is moving from the Woodlands to a Houston university, Ameritex Movers can help ensure a smooth, stress-free transition. We understand student moves are sensitive, which is why we handle them with special care and efficiency. Get your student’s college experience started off on the right foot by knowing what to bring to college and helping them have a stress-free move.