Once you’ve completed your dorm checklist, the next thing to do is to actually go out and buy what you’ll need. Dorm shopping can be pretty hectic, especially when move-in day is approaching. It’s best to do your dorm shopping early on.
Many retail stores will have sales around mid-July and August, and they’ll also stock up more on dorm-related items (such as those pesky extra-long twin sheets) around that time. Keep a close eye on catalogs to know when the best time to shop is. You don’t necessarily have to do it all in one day (though that may be more convenient). If you’re school is on the quarter system, you’ll be tempted to put off your shopping until late August or early September, but many sales will already be over by then. Do your shopping early on.
Where should I do my dorm shopping?
Large retail stores usually work best. Target, Wal-Mart, and K-Mart are normal choices, though Bed, Bath, and Beyond also is a great choice if you’re willing to spend a little bit extra.
Chances are you won’t be able to buy everything in one store — that’s okay. Take your time and hunt around to make sure you find exactly what you want.
When you start preparing to do your dorm shopping, a bunch of ideas will spring to your mind at different times. Even if you already have a checklist of dorm supplies, it’s still very easy to forget to buy one or two things.
When I was beginning to do my dorm shopping, I found the most useful way to keep track of things I needed was by keeping a list. Whenever something would occur to me that I needed, I would immediately write it down.
Over time, more and more items were added to this list, things that I knew I would otherwise forget, things that aren’t immediately apparent to buy (such as a cable to connect a TV to a cable hook-up, or extra hangers).
Even if you think you’ll remember to buy something later on, chances are you won’t. Write it down, and keep everything you write down together. This will save you untold amounts of stress when it comes time to move in.