When you get to college, your dorm room is everything: a kitchen, a bedroom, a dressing area, a gym, a study space, and more. That's a lot of gear to pack into a small space! And while you can't do anything about the quality of the food in the cafeteria or the late-night habits of your randomly assigned roommate, you can make sure that you utilize every square inch of your dorm room to the best of your ability. But what items on the college packing list are really necessary, and what can you live without? Because the worst thing would be giving over tons of your precious closet space to a bulky appliance you'll use a couple times in the first month and never look at again. (Ahem, iron and ironing board. That's why Downey made the wrinkle release spray.) Before you head off to school, find out what dorm room essentials you'll truly need with this checklists. Many of the items — including the bedding, bath, and electronics/appliances — were top picks from the Good Housekeeping Institute (GHI), which also took the budget-friendly value of the items into account. Stock up, and you'll be ready for school.