Moving to The Hill? Get Payton Tanner's Must-Have List!

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 2:15pm
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August is finally here, and for our incoming freshman, that means dorm room shopping is on the top of the priority list!

Getting everything you need to make your home away from home as comfortable as possible can be an exciting (and maybe overwhelming) task.

What are those essential items that you’ll need here on The Hill? What should you leave at home and what can you absolutely not live without?

Here is a list of items that we have found to be necessities as you move into Walsh, Toolen or Viragh Hall next week!

Sleep Essentials:

  • Twin XL sheets
  • Twin XL mattress pad
  • Pillow top or foam bed: The mattresses in your dorm may not be like the one you have at home, so this will add comfort
  • Pillows and pillow cases
  • Quilt/comforter
  • Blanket

Bath Essentials:

  • Towels
  • Wash cloth or bath puff
  • Bathrobe: For walking to and from the bathroom
  • Flip flops
  • Shower caddy: to hold all of your bathroom supplies
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Soap: Definitely don’t forget to bring soap
  • Toiletries
  • Razor
  • Tooth brush and toothpaste
  • Hair brush and other necessary hair styling products

Desk Essentials:

  • Laptop and case
  • Floor/desk lamp: Those fluorescent lights can start to get pretty harsh after awhile
  • Alarm clock
  • White board/corkboard
  • Thumb tacks: To tack information and pictures to the corkboard
  • Power Strips
  • Extension cords: These will come in very handy depending how you arrange your room
  • Writing utensils
  • Calculator and batteries
  • Paper clips
  • Stapler and staples
  • Scissors
  • Printer and paper: While you do have a print quota in the library, some students enjoy having their own printer option
  • Tape

Organization Essentials:

  • Shoe hanger: There’s more room in your closet if the shoes are hung

  • Bed risers: You can store more items underneath if you raise your bed

  • Flat boxes: For under the bed
First aid kit

  • Plastic storage drawers: To meet all your extra storage needs

  • Command hooks/strips: These little guys will be your best friend as you decorate/organize your rooms


Laundry Essentials:

  • Landry bag or basket: We suggest something that will be easy to carry to and from the laundry rooms
  • Detergent
  • Stain remover: It’s college; there will be messy situations

Food Essentials:

  • Mini-fridge
  • Microwave: For all of the ramen and frozen TV dinners
  • Food storage: Tupperware makes great bowls as well as storage
  • Plastic and paper cups/silverware/plates/bowls: For the times when you just can’t wake up early enough for breakfast in the Student Center
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks

Clothing Essentials:

  • Rain boots and rain coat: Because it rains A LOT in Mobile, Alabama
  • Sneakers: To exercise and walk around campus
  • Fall/winter coat: They like to keep the academic buildings rather chilly
  • Clothing suitable for summer through winter

BEACH ESSENTIALS (Because let’s be real, we’re only 30 minutes away from the nearest beach and you know you’ll be going there regularly)

  • Swimsuit
  • Beach towel
  • Cooler
  • Portable speakers
  • Frisbee/football/volleyball, etc.

Miscellaneous Items:

  • Fan
  • Stereo/headphones
  • Pictures/poster/paintings: To make your room a bit “homier”
  • Rug
  • TV: We do have basic cable access on campus
  • Full-length mirror
  • Umbrella: For the rainy afternoon walks to and from class

Since the styles of Walsh, Toolen and Viragh differ, here are some extra items to think about bringing depending on the building you live in:


  • Extra basket organizers for the bookshelf
  • Rug: Since the floor in your room is tile
  • Broom/dust pan


  • Curtain: The closet is built into the wall, so a curtain is the perfect way to create a “door” for it
  • Rug: Since the floor in your room is tile
  • Broom/dust pan


  • Small vacuum cleaner: Carpet floors in the rooms
  • Bathroom rugs
  • Shower curtain: The shower liner will already be in the bathrooms
  • Curtain for closet: There is no door on the closet area, so a curtain is a great way to create one


SHC Admissions Counselor Payton Tanner is a 2013 graduate of Spring Hill College. Go Badgers!