College Packing List: A Printable List for Any Student

Packing to go away anywhere seems to always be a tedious chore unless you’re one of the few who derive joy and excitement from folding clothes and stuffing shoes into a bag. Even going away for a weekend can be tiresome for most.

Unfortunately, packing for college is on a whole other level! This isn’t just packing to go somewhere to visit for a few days like most packing occasions. For college, this is packing to go somewhere to live for almost a year! So, I’m sorry to say that just some T-shirts, your lucky socks and a pair of sneakers just won’t do!

There’s a lot to prepare for, I know, but there is no time to panic! Especially since, being a college student myself, I’ve created a very thorough college packing list, a comprehensive list of things to bring to college, good for any college student to use.

To make it simple for you, I’ve divided everything into different sections just so that you’ve covered the basics. It’s a perfect college packing list that’s easy to print and clear to follow!

However, I would like to preface this by saying that things like kitchen items are included in the mix just for those college students living in apartments or off-campus housing.

There are also items on this college packing list such as dresses and skirts, so if you’re a boy or if you live in a dorm, then feel free to just edit the list for all your different needs!



_duvet cover


_throw pillows




_throw blankets



_socks (knee, thigh and ankle and foot socks)



_shirt and pant warmers (for the cold!)

_underwear (panties, boxers, briefs, etc.)

_sports bras





_pants, jeans


_pajama shorts/boxers

_pajama pants

_pajama t-shirts and tank tops





_boots (short boots, long boots, rain boots)




_formal shoes







_elastic bands

_hair clips

_hair pins

_earrings (studs, dangly)

_necklaces (long, short)










_makeup bag (for girls)


_makeup remover wipes

_face wash pads (all extras in bathroom cabinet)

_acne creme

_anti-biotic creme


_contact solution


_extra toothbrushes



_towels (big, hand towels, face towels)

_towel robe


_glasses case



_razor blades


_shampoo and conditioner

_body wash




_toenail clipper


_toiletry case/bag or shower caddy







_ipod charger


_laptop charger

_laptop case


_external hard drive

_cords for external hard drive

_cell phone

_cellphone charger

_cellphone memory chip

_digital camera

_camera case

_camera charger

_blank CDs





_school ID card


_credit card/debit card


_books for reading

_personal book list

_tea and coffee mugs


_coffee mate


_quarters for laundry

I know this list of things to bring to college seems like so much to pack and carry but to make the load a little lighter I’ve created an extra college packing list for things to buy once you get to school.

Every student goes out with their parents to places like Target, Walmart, Office Max, etc. for the last minute school supplies or basic needs.

There are also items included that people usually forget about such as food, your own plastic-ware to use, zip-lock bags, or hangers for your dorm or apartment closet.




_peanut butter

_olive oil and canola oil

_salt and pepper

_pam (butter flavor)

_smart balance (butter substitution)

_better than eggs (the faux eggs)

_toilet rolls

_paper towels

_cleaning fluids

_laundry detergent

_dishwasher detergent and fluid

_zip-lock baggies (small and large)







_drinking cups

_plastic cups

_tissue boxes

_bottle of febreze spray

_soap dish

_toothbrush holder



_letter paper

_lined paper

_printer paper







_extra light bulbs

_reading lamps

_alarm clock


I hope this college packing list helps all the college students who, like me, need a way of organizing their whole life into just a few bags.

Perhaps this college checklist will make packing seem less scary because it shouldn’t be! Have fun with it and get excited for college!

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Nina Reichenberg, a junior at Syracuse University spent her first two years in the Communications Design Program but is now currently working towards a degree in Computer Art & Animation. Whilst at school, Nina spends most of her time animating, watching films, and working as a design intern at SYR Outside of SU, she enjoys traveling, singing, dancing, spending time outside and collecting thimbles.

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