Off to College — What to Pack to Make Dorm Life Cheery & Bright

It’s time to start thinking about what your college student needs to pack for the dorm. You want their room to be their comfy home away from home. Here’s what we recommend to really rock out a dorm room.


Dorm Room: Colorful Sheets

Pack two sets of sheets (a clear cue for them to change their bedding from time to time). Most dorm beds require a twin extra-long fitted sheet. We recommend our Jersey-Knit Bedding, Fiesta Percale, Everyday Percale, and Paintbrush Flannel. A set consists of a flat sheet, fitted sheet, and one or two cases. Coordinating duvet covers (especially the Lilly Pulitzer® Sister Florals Duvet Cover Collection) are a great way to protect the comforter and make a bold statement — see, you can make their bed when they are away at school! (Sorry.)


Dorm Room: Lilly Pulitzer Resort

If you are planning to use a duvet cover, go with a lofty white bedding basic so it doesn’t show through the cover. If you want to just unfold and go, choose a color or print. We recommend our Essentials Collection (down or down-free) or the printed Lilly Pulitzer Resort Chic Collection (it’s reversible for two looks in one).


Dorm Room: Basics

When the seasons change, think about how they are going to stay warm. Throws are a great way to wrap up and get cozy for late-night study sessions, and students can bring them to a study lounge. Blankets are great bed layers. Our Cotton Fleece Blanket is soft, toasty warm, and easy to care for — and it also comes in a throw size.

Okay, so the bed isn’t exactly like the one they are leaving at home — and a great night’s sleep can have a positive effect on grades. The right pillows, comforters, mattress pads and featherbeds are excellent ways to customize your student’s comfort. Our crated collection of bedding basics has innovative solutions for every type of sleeper.


Dorm Room: Towels

Again, two sets will accommodate (and encourage) washing their linens. Coordinate bath sheets with hand towels and washcloths to give them exactly what they need. Mix Signature solids and patterns to make a bold statement — and coordinate them with the bedding to make a designer look. Lilly Pulitzer Sister Florals Collection also has towels that coordinate with the bedding (and a shower curtain, too — great for off-campus housing and the complete Lilly bedroom).


Dorm Room: Accents

Nothing brightens and anchors a dorm room like a bold, colorful rug — and it warms up the space (and the floor). Coordinate, but don’t get too matchy with the bedding. Give them a great look that they’ll love for semesters to come. Think flat-weave for an easy floor cover that rolls up and packs neatly — and you can just take them outside and shake to clean. For something really durable, think performance indoor-outdoor rugs.

A key way to organize and manage a small space is the right storage components. We tend to like things that are also pliable and soft-sided. Containers with handles make packing and transporting items to and from school easy (think a mountain of laundry).

Everything from poufs and decorative pillows for the floor to frames for photos of family and friends — don’t forget to decorate the space. It will cozy up the room and help bring all the comforts of home to the dorm.

Most colleges and universities will have a list of what your students can and cannot bring, so make sure you consult the school’s guidelines for what they are allowed to have in their dorm rooms.

What are some of your tips for packing students up for college? Take a peek at our latest collection of items for the home, and women’s fashions that will look great on campus.

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