College Checklist

Packing for college can be a pain in the butt!

After all, you can’t take your entire closet with you, so what exactly should you have on your college checklist?

Great question!

Below I’ll share with all of the things that you can’t live without on campus. You should definitely add these items to your list

Ultimate College Checklist

Toiletries

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Towels
  • Washcloth
  • Sponge
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Soap/Bodywash
  • Facial Cleansers
  • Contacts/Glasses
  • Contact Cleaning Solution/Case
  • Deodorant
  • Perfume/Cologne
  • Shaving Cream/Razor
  • Robe
  • Nail Clippers/Nail file
  • Extra Toilet Paper
  • Hair Dryer
  • Shower Shoes
  • Shower Caddy

Clothing

  • Hangers
  • 10-15 Casual Shirts (Long & Short-Sleeved)
  • 5-10 Pairs of Casual Pants (Jeans, Khakis, etc.)
  • 1 Sweatshirt
  • 2 Pairs of Sweatpants
  • 1 Dressy Outfit (Suit or Dress)
  • 1 Pair of Running Shoes
  • 1 Pair of Dress Shoes
  • 2 Pairs of Everyday Wear Shoes
  • 2 Pairs of Sandals
  • 1 Pair of Boots
  • Undergarments
  • Socks
  • Pajamas
  • Belts
  • Slippers

Outerwear*

  • Jacket(s)
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Scarf

*Will vary based on school location (i.e. climate)

Bedding

  • Comforter and Blankets
  • Extra Long Sheets
  • Pillows
  • Pillowcases
  • Mattress Pad
  • Bed Risers (optional)

Electronics

  • Laptop or Desktop Computer
  • Printer
  • Word Processing Software
  • Ethernet Cables
  • Small TV
  • Powersurge Protector
  • Alarm Clock
  • Telephone (or Cell Phone)
  • Thumb Drive

Food

  • Non-perishable Snacks
  • Paper Towels
  • Napkins
  • Plates, Bowls and Cups
  • Knife, Fork, and Spoon
  • Frozen Dinners*
  • Fresh Fruits and Vegetables*

*Only if you have a mini-fridge.

Appliances

  • Mini-Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Small Fan

School Supplies

  • Binder With Plastic Sleeve
  • Subject Separators with Tabs
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Erasers
  • Lined Paper
  • Printer Paper
  • Spiral Notebooks
  • Highlighters
  • Paperclips
  • Stapler/Staples
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Backpack
  • Calculator
  • Dictionary
  • Daily Planner

For Your Health

  • First Aid Kit
  • Prescription Medications
  • Over-the-Counter Medications (Pain Reliever, etc)
  • Umbrella
  • Vitamins
  • Cleaning Supplies

Storage

  • Under-bed Boxes
  • Laundry Bag/Hamper
  • Tupperware
  • Plastic Bins

For Laundry

  • Laundry Detergent
  • Fabric Softener
  • Change for Washer and Dryer
  • Iron
  • Ironing Board

Décor

  • Pictures and Picture Frames
  • Rug
  • Desk Lamp
  • Posters
  • Bean Bag
  • Dry-Erase Board With Pens
  • Wall Calendar

Miscellaneous

  • Bathing Suit
  • Headbands
  • Jewelry
  • Jewelry Box
  • Sunglasses
  • Flashlight

Be sure to make use this college checklist when packing for college. Of course these are just suggestions, so feel free to add/subtract items from this college checklist based on your individual needs.

In order to save on packing/shipping costs, it might be smart to purchase some of these items at the local Wal-Mart or Target when you arrive on campus.

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Lauren Anderson is a certified school counselor who's passionate about helping students all over the world successfully transition from high school to college! After spending 6 years as a business professional, she obtained her Master’s degree in School Counseling and now spends her spare time helping students.
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