The Ultimate College Packing List

Some college packing lists out there are a bit intimidating to say the least. While I am a girly girl and own more lip glosses than one probably should, I do know how to pair-down to only the necessities. While everyone has different ideas on what a necessity is, I hope that this list gives you good ideas as to what you need to move to your dorm and what you should pick up for your dorm. While what food items you like to keep around might be much different, feel free to print off this list and make changes to it as needed. I hope I’ve at least provided a base for what you need.

Bedding

  • Mattress cover
  • Memory foam topper
  • Comforter or duvet with a duvet cover
  • Mattress pad
  • Pillows
  • Pillow Cases
  • Twin XL sheet set (with an extra sheet set if you want)
  • Extra Blankets

Food

  • Coffee
  • Coffee creamer
  • Tea
  • Hot chocolate
  • Milk
  • Bread
  • Dry Cereal
  • Yogurt
  • Popcorn
  • Soup
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Oatmeal
  • Bottled Water
  • Granola bars

Kitchen Supplies

  • Can opener
  • Blender
  • Plastic forks, spoons, and knives
  • Paper plates and bowls
  • Coffee Maker
  • Microwave
  • Mini fridge
  • Tupperware
  • Plastic Bags
  • Water filter pitcher
  • Coffee mugs
  • Glasses
  • Toaster
  • Paper towels

Laundry

  • Laundry Bag or Hamper
  • Stain remover
  • Drying rack
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Fabric softener
  • Detergent

Clothing

  • Two or three-piece suit
  • Button up top
  • Nice heels
  • Bras
  • Underwear
  • Athletic socks
  • Tank tops
  • T-shirts
  • Sports bras
  • Athletic tops
  • Athletic shorts
  • Leggings
  • Yoga pants
  • Cardigans
  • Blouses
  • Trousers
  • Jeans
  • Sweatshirts
  • Jean shorts
  • Sandals
  • Tennis shoes
  • Wedges
  • Sundress

Room

  • Command Hooks
  • Dry Erase Board
  • Trashcan
  • Additional Seating
  • Alarm clock
  • Under-the-bed Storage
  • Hangers
  • Step stool
  • Photos
  • Over-the-door storage pieces
  • Hanging closet organizer

Desk and School Supplies

  • Stapler
  • Staple remover
  • Tape dispenser
  • Pencil holder
  • File folder
  • White out
  • Binders
  • Folders
  • Notebooks
  • Loose leaf notebook paper
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Easers
  • Calculator
  • Dry erase markers
  • Planner

Tech

  • Portable phone charger
  • Phone charger
  • Ear phones
  • Headphones
  • Laptop with charger
  • IPad with charger
  • Flash drive
  • Camera with memory cards

Bathroom

  • Towels
  • Shower caddy
  • Loofah
  • Bath robe/wrap
  • Shower cap
  • Shower shoes

Toiletries

  • Body wash
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Face wash
  • Moisturizer
  • Eye cream
  • Face mask
  • Tooth brush
  • Tooth paste
  • Mouthwash
  • Floss
  • Hairspray
  • Sunscreen
  • Nail polish
  • Nail polish remover
  • Shaving cream
  • Make-up
  • Make-up remover
  • Lip balm
  • Tampons/pads

Personal Care

  • Hair straightener
  • Curling iron/wand
  • Blow dryer
  • Razor
  • Sunglasses
  • Tweezers
  • Contracts with solution and case
  • Nail clippers
  • Nail files
  • Cotton pads
  • Hair brush
  • Hair Ties
  • Tissues

Medical

  • Small First-Aid kit
  • Any prescription medicines
  • Band-Aids
  • Sore throat drops
  • Throat spray
  • Allergy Medicine
  • Eye drops
  • Bug Spray
  • Condoms
  • Retainer
  • Vitamins (multivitamins and supplements)
  • Pepto Bismal
  • Over-the-counter pain medicine

Cleaning Supplies

  • Dish soap
  • Glass Cleaner
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Broom
  • Dustpan
  • Hand soap
  • Mini vacuum
  • Swiffer
  • Sponges
  • Trash bags
  • Air freshener
  • Drain cleaner
  • Shower cleaner
  • Toilet cleaner
  • Toilet brush
  • Small vacuum

Other

  • Sleeping bag
  • Air mattress
  • Tide To-Go Pens
  • Lint roller

Are you going into your freshman year of college? Are you planning on using this list for your packing list? If you have already moved to college, what would you add or take away from this list? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

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