The master list of college packing is now at your fingertips

By Kennedy Werner

Heading off to college can be quite pricey and not to mention, overwhelming. Whether you’re staying in state or heading thousands of miles away, there’s always the anxiety of “did I forget something?” But considering the needs like textbooks and the wants like cable television, the panic is not uncalled for.

The following is a master list of the essentials and the extras to haul along with you on your journey. Just a few tips to remember before you pull out the boxes: be precise in your packing because you’ll most likely be sharing a small space with another person, coordinate with your roommate so you don’t end up with doubles of things, and have fun taking Costco by storm!

 

Sleeping arrangements:

  • 2 bed sheets sets
  • 2/3 pillows
  • Heavy blanket
  • Light blanket
  • Mattress pad
  • Pillow cases

Laptop supplies:

  • Charger
  • Ethernet cable
  • Ink, paper
  • Keyboard
  • Laptop case
  • Mouse
  • Mouse pad
  • Printer (check with roommate)
  • Software required for specific school
  • Surge protector
  • USB flash drives

Desk supplies:

  • Backpack
  • Calculator
  • Comfortable desk chair
  • Desk lamp
  • Desk organizers
  • Erasers
  • Garbage can
  • Index cards
  • Notebooks/folders/binders/loose-leaf paper
  • Pens, pencils, sharpies, highlighters
  • Planner
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Scotch and masking tape
  • Stapler/staples
  • Stickey notes
  • Three hole puncher
  • White out

Bathroom supplies:

  • 3 bath towels
  • Air fresheners
  • Bath mat (check with roommate and suitemates)
  • Bath robe
  • Cosmetics
  • Hair brush
  • Handheld mirror
  • Light bulbs
  • Personal hair essentials
  • Personal toiletries
  • Shower caddy
  • Shower curtain (check with roommate and suitemates)
  • Shower shoes
  • Slippers
  • Sunscreen
  • Toilet paper
  • Washcloth

Medical supplies:

  • Antibacterial hand sanitizer
  • Antibacterial ointment
  • Band-Aids
  • Bug spray
  • Earplugs
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Insurance card
  • Pain relief medicine
  • Pepper spray
  • Vitamins

Laundry supplies:

  • Hangers
  • Laundry hamper
  • Lint roller
  • Sewing kit

Transportation:

  • Bicycle/helmet/lock
  • Student ID card

Dorm food supplies:

  • Cereal
  • Chip clips
  • Granola bars
  • Instant coffee
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Microwave (check with roommate)
  • Mini fridge (check with roommate)
  • Noodles
  • Paper products
  • Plastic utensils
  • Popcorn
  • Reusable travel bottle
  • Soup
  • Tupperware

Décor and organization supplies:

  • Additional seating (room permitting)
  • Area rug
  • Batteries
  • Christmas lights
  • Cleaning products
  • DVDs
  • Extension cords
  • Extra phone chargers
  • Handheld vacuum
  • Message boards
  • Photos from home
  • Speakers
  • Storage bins
  • Toilet brush (check with roommate and suitemates)
  • TV (check with roommate)
  • Wall décor

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