College Packing List

June 7, 2011 11:42 am by admin in Dorm Decor, First Years Only

Packing up for college can be just as confusing as moving into a new apartment, so make sure you prepare your own packing list prior to leaving the house. The college packing list below is reproduced primarily from and is meant to serve as a set of suggestions of what to bring. Depending on your school or how far away you’re going to live from home, you may want to switch this up a little. Specifically, if you live close enough to your school, you may not want to pack all of your winter clothing right away.

The List

14 sets of underwear
14 pairs of socks (more if you play sports)
5 pairs of pants/jeans
14 shirts/blouses
4 pairs of shorts
Slippers and/or flip-flops
2 sweaters
Light/heavy jackets
1 pair of boots
2 pairs of sneakers or comfortable/walking shoes
2 sets of business-casual clothes
2 pairs of dress shoes
1 swimsuit
Room Needs/Storage
Bedside lamp
Alarm clock/clock radio
Wastepaper basket
Storage bins
Under-the-bed storage trays
Desk lamp
Drying rack for laundry
Bulletin board and pushpins
Dry-erase wall calendar/board
Picture hangers
Computer and printer
Phone cord/Ethernet cord for computer
Surge protector
Extension cords
3-2 prong adapters
MP3 Player
Cell phone
Linens/Laundry Supplies
Sheets and pillowcases (2 sets. Check with college for size needed — some college twin beds are extra long.)
Towels (3 each of bath, hand and face)
Pillows (2)
Mattress pad (Check with college for size needed.)
Blankets (2)
Clothes hangers
Laundry bag/basket
Laundry detergent, fabric softener and stain remover
Roll(s) of quarters
Lint brush
Sewing kit
Aspirin or other pain relievers
Antidiarrheal medicine
Adhesive bandages, antibiotic ointment
Cough drops
Shower tote
Shampoo and conditioner
Hairstyling products
Bath and face soap
Travel soap container(s)
Toothpaste and toothbrush
Dental floss
Nail clippers
Hair dryer
Razor and shaving cream
Lotion and/or facial moisturizer
Cotton swabs
Sports equipment
Office/Desk Supplies
Electronic storage media such as CDs/DVDs, memory cards and USB flash drives
Stapler and staples
Printer paper
Pens and pencils
Pencil holder and sharpener
Folder with pockets
Labels of various sizes
3 x 5 cards
Sticky notes
Paper clips and binder clips
Rubber bands
Highlighter pens (multiple colors)
Stackable desk trays (at least 4)
Hanging files or folders
Stamps and envelopes
Shared Items — Check with roommate(s)
Audio equipment
TV and DVD/Blu-Ray player
Coffeemaker/hot pot
Microwave/toaster oven/hot plate, if allowed
Small refrigerator, if allowed
Area rug
Household and Kitchen Items
Paper towels
Trash bags
All-purpose cleaner
Plastic storage bags
Food-storage containers
Dish soap
Wet wipes
Bowl, plate and cup
Coffee mug
Can/bottle opener

Content derived from CollegeBoard

9 Responses to College Packing List

  1. Chase June 11, 2011 at 12:45 am

    Good list! Just a note- a lot of things like groceries, school supplies, and other supplies can be purchased when you get to your new dorm or apartment. Just a friendly tip to save the hassle of moving everything from home!

    Chase, Packing for College? Moving Tips and Moving Boxes: San Antonio | College Station | Bryan

  2. Alexandra July 11, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Good good list! ^ truee

  3. Sarah Says August 15, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    A few things to add to the list: 1) deodorant. 2) Also, milk crates are a great way to store books and move in and out.

  4. Packing Boxes November 17, 2011 at 3:23 am

    Packing stuff is really important for everyone, this post can help everyone from that. Thanks you for the information.

  5. Emily January 6, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Thank you for making this list! I’m going off to college in about 6 months and I’ve been trying to think of everything that I’m gonna need for my dorm room, and this list helped a LOT! :)

  6. Ashley February 29, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Most colleges don’t allow people to bring extension cords because they are against fire code.

  7. moving companies Lincoln NE April 13, 2012 at 3:37 am

    Indeed, packing for college is similar to packing for a permanent move. It is important to have a checklist that can be a useful guide in allowing home owners not to forget anything important.

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