We are coming to that time of year when college students have to pack up their homes lives and head to their dorm rooms. While being away from home can be stressful, it is important to pack the right things so that you can adjust to your new environment. Check out these six things that you need to have on your back to school checklist to make your stay in your dorm room comfortable.

1.  A mattress pad

Just because you are paying a ridiculous amount of money for an education doesn’t mean your university will gift you with a soft mattress. Many dorm beds are hard and unless you want to sleep on top of what feels like a brick, you may want to invest in a mattress pad. Your best bet is to get it in a Twin XL as it is the standard size of beds in most colleges.

2. School supplies

This may be the age of technology but that doesn’t mean you don’t need a pen and paper. From folders to binders to calculators and index cards, be prepared. You never know when your computer may crash, so having some old school materials may go a long way.

3. A mini fridge and microwave

Yes, you will be in a place that has a dining hall and other restaurants that offer you delicious foods and drinks but they are not open 24 hours a day. Just like the restaurants in your hometown, the student union closes at night so if you don’t have a fridge or some chips, your hunger pains will just have to wait until the morning. Some mini fridges come with a microwave attached to it so you can heat up your food without having to leave your room.

4. Shower shoes

When it comes to student housing, in most cases you will be sharing a bathroom with an entire floor and no matter how clean you think your fellow dorm mates are, that won’t stop the spread of bacteria. Shower shoes will protect your from stepping on the same floor somebody did God knows what on 20 minutes before you got there.

5. Shower caddy

Chances are you will not have your own personal shower in your dorm room so leaving your shampoo, condition, shower gel, razors and other personal items in the bathroom is no longer an option. A shower caddy will come in handy because it will allow you to keep all of your shower stuff together and in your possession at all times.

6. Important documents and cards

Your driver’s license, passport, credit card, debit card, insurance cards, an emergency contact list and a copy of your birth certificate and social security card are all important items that you need to have in your dorm room. Put them away for safe keeping but always be aware of where they are located.

There is still time to get your check list items in order so take your time, pack and get ready to enjoy the best years of your life at college.