The Ultimate College Packing List

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From California Learning Center:

This packing list is geared for freshman/first-year students heading off to college. It has everything you can think of, and then some. When you customize this list, be sure to:

1) Check in with your roommate about certain shared items (labeled below)

2) Check school website for updated information regarding what is provided/prohibited in dorm room

3) Determine what you already have before you run to the store or start shopping online

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THE ULTIMATE COLLEGE PACKING LIST

Bathroom:

  • Bathrobe
  • Contact lens solution
  • Cosmetics/make-up
  • Cotton balls
  • Curling/flat iron
  • Dental floss
  • Deodorant
  • Eyeglasses/case
  • Feminine supplies
  • Flip flops/shower shoes
  • Hairbrush/comb
  • Hair accessories
  • Hair dryer
  • Lip balm
  • Lotion (hand/body)
  • Nail clippers
  • Q-tips
  • Razor
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Shaving cream
  • Shower caddy
  • Soap (hand/body)
  • Tissues
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Towels (hand, wash & bath, 2-3 each)
  • Tweezers
  • _________________

Bedding:

  • Allergy mattress encasing (XL twin)
  • Bed sheets (XL twin)
  • Comforter
  • Extra blanket
  • Mattress pad
  • Pillows/pillowcases
  • ________________

Clothes:

  • Belts
  • College apparel
  • Dress clothes for special events/interviews
  • Exercise/sports clothing
  • Gloves
  • Hats (different seasons)
  • Jackets (light, rain, warmer)
  • Jeans/pants
  • Jewelry/watch
  • Pajamas
  • Rain/snow boots
  • Scarves
  • Shirts (long sleeve/short sleeve)
  • Shoes (including dress shoes)
  • Shorts
  • Slippers
  • Sneakers
  • Socks
  • Sweaters
  • Sweatshirts
  • Swim suits
  • Underwear
  • ___________________

Dorm Room:

  • Bed risers (gain extra under bed storage)
  • Decorative area rug (check with roommate)
  • Desk or clip-on lamp
  • Dry erase board or bulletin board and accessories (markers, eraser, pushpins)
  • Hand vacuum or dust buster (check with roommate)
  • Hangers
  • Microwave & fridge (check with roommate)
  • Over-the-door hooks
  • Photos of friends/family/pets
  • Small trash can for under desk
  • Under the bed storage containers
  • Wall décor/posters
  • Wall calendar
  • _______________

Electronics:

  • Alarm clock
  • Ethernet cable (check if needed)
  • Earbuds/headphones
  • Extension cord
  • Fan
  • Laptop/case/charger
  • Mouse/mouse pad
  • Phone charger
  • Portable phone charger
  • Power strip
  • Printer/paper/ink (check with roommate)
  • Small flashlight
  • Speakers
  • Surge protector
  • USB flash drive
  • ____________________

Food/Kitchen:

  • Can/bottle opener
  • Cereal
  • Coffee/tea/hot chocolate
  • Chip clips
  • Cup/plate/bowl
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Dried fruit/nuts/trail mix
  • Food storage containers
  • Instant soups/oatmeal
  • Insulated travel mug
  • Paper towels
  • Popcorn
  • Protein/granola bars
  • Reusable water bottles
  • Salt/pepper
  • Sponge
  • Utensils
  • Ziploc bags
  • ____________________

Laundry:

  • Coins for washer/dryer
  • Detergent
  • Dryer sheets
  • Laundry basket or bag
  • Lint roller
  • Stain remover
  • ____________________

Medical:

  • Allergy/cold/flu meds
  • Aspirin or Ibuprofen
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Band-aids
  • Bug repellant
  • Cough drops
  • Decongestant
  • First aid kit
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Pepto Bismol/Tums
  • Prescription medication (and prescription)
  • Retainer/mouth guard
  • Sunscreen
  • Vitamins
  • ____________________

Miscellaneous:

  • Backpack or book bag
  • Bank account set-up
  • Batteries
  • Debit/credit card
  • Deck of cards
  • Driver’s license
  • Earplugs
  • Folder for important documents
  • Frisbee/sports items
  • List of emergency and family contacts
  • Medical insurance card
  • Overnight bag
  • Safety whistle
  • Small sewing kit
  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella
  • ____________________

School Supplies:

  • Calculator
  • Erasers
  • File folders & regular folders
  • Glue stick
  • I>clicker (if needed)
  • Index cards
  • Notebooks (college ruled)
  • Paper clips
  • Pencil holder
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Post-its (big/small)
  • Ruler
  • Stapler/staples
  • Scissors
  • Tape (scotch tape and other for wall mounting)
  • Three-hole punch
  • Writing utensils:
    • Highlighters
    • Markers/colored pencils
    • Mechanical and regular pencils
    • Pens
    • Sharpie
  • ___________________

 

 

 

 

 

  • Print this list
  • Look around for what you already have at home and mark it off
  • Make space in your room for things you start to accumulate and pack them in a box now
  • Label your boxes
  • Arrive for move-in day on time, or early
  • Remember dorm rooms can be small so try not to over pack
  • If driving, can leave clothes on hangers and cover with a garbage bag that has hole cut out on the top
  • If you forget something, it’s OK. Can always have something shipped or get on next trip home
  • If you have access to a dolly, it will be helpful unloading car
  • Allow your family to help you unpack, get organized, and settle in

→   CLICK HERE TO PRINT THE ULTIMATE COLLEGE PACKING LIST   ←

Wendi Ostroff

CLC July 2017