Preparing for college can be pretty hectic. There are so many things to do and so little time to do them. Then, to top it all off, you still have to pack! Don’t worry, though. We put together this checklist so that you wouldn’t forget to pack anything essential in all the craziness.

Stuff to Wear

Don’t forget to pack enough clothes for any unexpected occasion that might pop up. You’ll want to be prepared in case you have a date, job interview or if the temperature suddenly drops. Here are a few things you’ll want to be sure to pack:

  • Shoes for all occasions (sneakers, flip flops, dress shoes, etc.)
  • Clothing for all occasions (sleep, casual, class, work out, going out, formal, etc.)
  • Seasonal clothing (jackets, t-shirts for layering, bathing suits, rain boots, sunglasses, etc)
  • Jewelry and accessories

Stuff for Your Room

You don’t want to move across the state (or country!) and find yourself in an empty apartment or dorm room. Make sure to pack enough decorations and personal belongings to make your new place feel like home.

  • Posters and artwork
  • Pictures of friends and family
  • Trashcan and recycling
  • Laundry bin
  • Pillows
  • Sheets
  • Safe box
  • Hangers
  • Blankets/quilts

Stuff for School

Don’t show up to your first college class unprepared since you’re here to get an education, after all. Here are some essential school supplies you won’t want to forget:

  • Computer (preferably a laptop)
  • Notebooks
  • Organizer
  • Pens/pencils
  • Backpack

Stuff for the Bathroom

Nothing is worse than getting out of the shower and realizing you forgot to grab a towel. Here are a few essential toiletry items you will probably want to keep on hand:

  • Towels/washcloths
  • Soap
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Shaving cream and razors
  • Shower caddy
  • Tissues and toilet paper

Stuff for the Kitchen

Cooking your own meals is a great way to save money on food and build up your culinary skills. If your dorm room or apartment has a kitchen area, you might want to consider keeping some of these items on hand. Be sure to check with your landlord or RA first to make sure you are allowed to install appliances.

  • Pots and pans
  • Plastic tables sets (plates, bowls, glasses, etc.) [Pro tip: getting only two sets of each may force you to wash your dishes]
  • Silverware (forks, spoons, knives, etc.)
  • Dish towels
  • Dish soap
  • Sponges
  • Hand soap
  • Appliances (microwave, coffee maker, toaster, etc.)
  • Mini fridge
  • Water jug with filter

Stuff That is Good to Have

A house is not a home until you have a junk drawer. This is the place you keep all the things you don’t use but still need to have. You probably wouldn’t think to pack any of the items below, but you will sure be glad you have them when you need them.

  • Credit card and debit card
  • Storm kit (Poncho, umbrella, flashlight, batteries, etc.)
  • Camera
  • Snacks for your room
  • Laundry supplies (detergent, bleach, dryer sheets, etc.)
  • Batteries
  • Medicine (allergies, cold, flu, headache, etc.)
  • First-aid kit (bandages, gauze, disinfectant, etc.)
  • Personal fan/heater

Good Luck!

Now that you have the official unofficial college packing checklist, you can get started designing the coolest apartment or dorm on campus! Of course, not all these items need to be packed. It might be easier and more affordable to buy some things after you move in.



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