My College Packing List

MY College Packing List

Prior to leaving for college last year, I remember constantly scrolling through Pinterest pinning every single college packing list I could find. Many of these lists had overlapping items and some hand pointless items that were totally unnecessary to bring to college.

After going through these lists for a few weeks, I combined and edited a bunch of lists and accumulated my own. This list was critical to my packing. While I may have brought a few other things that are not included on it, it encompasses most of the major things that I brought. Be sure to talk with your roommate(s) about what you are planning on bringing so you do not overlap items!

I have already started to pack for this coming school year and am utilizing my list again. I’m sharing it with you in the hopes that you will find it useful as you begin to pack this year. It may also save you some time and keep you from searching through every list you can find on Pinterest.

Let me know in the comments if you think there is anything important missing from my list or anything you saw that you had not thought of before that is on it!

Oh, and good luck packing!

My College Packing List


  • Twin X-Long Sheets (Two Sets)
  • Blankets
  • Duvet Cover
  • Duvet Insert
  • Mattress Pad
  • Pillow Cases
  • Pillows
  • Body Pillow
  • Throw Pillows
  • Mattress Protector


  • Body Towels
  • Hand Towel
  • Washcloths
  • Towel Wrap/Bathrobe
  • Curling Iron
  • Hair Straightener
  • Hair Dryer
  • Shower Caddy
  • Shower Shoes
  • Hair Brush
  • Comb
  • Lotion
  • Conditioner
  • Shampoo
  • Other Hair Products
  • Hair Spray
  • Nail Clippers
  • Q-Tips
  • Razor
  • Shaving Cream
  • Soap
  • Sunscreen
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Tweezers
  • Scale


  • Tape
  • Stapler
  • Staples
  • Calendar/Planner
  • Desk Lamp
  • Envelopes
  • Stamps
  • Paper Clips
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Post Its
  • Rubber Bands
  • Scissors
  • Alarm Clock
  • Dry Erase Board
  • Calculator
  • Highlighters
  • Note Cards
  • Sharpie Markers


  • Laptop
  • Headphones x2
  • HDMI Cable
  • Ethernet Cable
  • Printer
  • Ink
  • Printer Paper
  • Surge Protectors
  • USB/Flash Drive
  • DVDs/Movies
  • Extension Cords
  • iPod Speakers
  • TV and Remote
  • Phone Charger
  • Computer Cord
  • Camera
  • Power Strip
  • DVD Player
  • JamBox

Dorm Room Necessities

  • Book Light
  • Futon
  • Kleenex
  • Mini Ottoman With Storage
  • Vacuum
  • All-Purpose Cleaner
  • Wipes
  • Steamer
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Broom
  • Lint Roll/Brush
  • Area Rug
  • Floor Lamp
  • Air Freshner Spray


  • Posters
  • Pictures
  • Lights
  • Picture Frames
  • Decorative Pillows
  • Adhesive Hooks


  • Clearisel
  • Face Pads
  • Neosporin
  • Band-Aids
  • Face Wash
  • Deodorant
  • First Aid Kit
  • Aleve/Aspirin
  • Cold Medicine
  • Gas Medicine
  • Cough Medicine
  • Thermometer
  • Vitamins
  • Makeup
  • Makeup Remover
  • Perfume
  • Bobby Pins
  • Hair Ties
  • Headbands
  • Feminine Products
  • Nail Polish
  • Nail Polish Remover
  • Cotton Balls
  • Floss
  • Wipes


  • Plates/Bowls/Cups
  • Can Opener
  • Pizza Cutter
  • Silverware
  • Paper Towels
  • Tupperware
  • Granola Bars
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Bread
  • Popcorn
  • Chip Clips
  • Dish Soap
  • Dish Brush/Sponge
  • Dish Towel
  • Microwave
  • Water Pitcher
  • Filters for Pitcher
  • Ziploc Bags
  • Water Bottles
  • Water

School Supplies

  • 4 Folders
  • 4 Binders
  • 4 Notebooks
  • Loose Leaf
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Sharpies
  • Highlighters
  • Backpack
  • 4 Notebooks
  • Pencil Case
  • Eraser
  • Calculator
  • Laptop Sleeve
  • Textbooks


  • Hangers
  • Fabric Softner
  • Hamper
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Stain Remover
  • Tide Pods


  • Under Bed Storage
  • Stacking Drawers
  • Shoe Storage
  • Closet Organizer
  • Duffle Bag
  • Waste Basket
  • Desk Organizer
  • Over the Door Organizer


  • Batteries
  • Duct Tape
  • Fan
  • Safety Pins
  • Sewing Kit
  • Umbrella
  • Soccer Stuff
  • Scooter
  • Board Games
    • Cards
    • Catchphrase
  • Lanyard


  • Hoodies
  • Jackets
  • Jeans
  • Rain Boot
  • Pants
  • Shorts
  • Skirts
  • Snow Boots
  • Sweaters
  • Sweatpants
  • Swimsuit
  • T-Shirts
  • Winter Wear
  • Shoes
  • Workout Clothes
  • Pajamas
  • Belts
  • Dresses
  • Gloves
  • Hat
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Coats
  • Scarves
  • Jewelry
  • Purse/Wallet
  • Sunglasses


  • Drivers License
  • Debit Card
  • Credit Card
  • Medical Insurance Card
  • Financial Aid Info
  • Bank Info
  • Checks
  • Student ID
  • Social Security Card

Here is a document version of my checklist if you want to print it out and use it or edit it!


Don’t Forget These 10 Items When Packing for College

10 Items

It’s about that time to start planning your list for heading off to college. These can be long lists and while searching for futons and microwaves you may forget the little things that are most definitely some of the most important items that should be on your list.

Here are 10 things that you should add to your list of things to pack if they aren’t already there:

  1. Paper Towel: There will be spills. Just bring it. Please.
  2. Command Strips: Of all types and sizes. Hanging your things up allows you so much more space in your small room. Make sure you have both heavy duty strips for heavier objects coats and backpacks and lighter strips for hanging up accessories like hats and necklaces.
  3. Kleenex. Srsly though. You’d be amazed at all the people who don’t have kleenex in their rooms, especially when the floor plague comes around (it’s a real thing, and beware of it). Using toilet paper is NOT FUN. Just bring a starter box at least!
  4. Vitamins and Emergen-C: like I said, the floor plague is real. Be ready to combat it early with vitamins and Emergen-C.EmergenC_OriginalFormula_Tropical_cupAndPacket_mini.jpg
  5. Tide Pods: the best thing that you can do for yourself to help get through doing your own laundry. They make it so easy. Throw one in for a light load and two for a heavy or particularly dirty load. Bam. You’re done.
  6. A scissors: they come in handy and you might be the only one around on your floor with a pair of them. You’ll be famous.
  7. A vacuum. Either a handheld or a small stand-up vacuum is a must have in college. If you are living in the dorms, you’re front desk will most likely have one. In my experience though, these vacuums are not well maintained and usually do not work. Having your own will make cleaning so much easier and quicker. Trust me!
  8. Hanging Wall Lights: If you are sharing a room with a roommate these are a must have! Not only do they serve as a pretty decoration, but they are the perfect lights to leave on for your roommate when you decide to go to bed early and they are out late. Instead of leaving all the lights on, leave these on instead, they give off just enough light for your roommate to come in and get ready for bed without waking you up. Here is a cheap option from Target:
  9. Mini Storage Ottoman: You can find these at Target or Bed Bath and Beyond and let me tell you they are SUPER HANDY. They serve as storage, a table, a foot rest, or extra seating. I used mine almost daily last year and it is where I kept my extra blankets for when friends came to stay overnight.ottoman.jpg My choice is this ottoman for $14.44 from Target:
  10. Dish Soap and a Sponge: this is actually really important. Don’t forget it! I was amazed by some of my friends who didn’t have any of their own and rarely cleaned their dishes. Don’t let this be you. Be cleanly. (I prefer a Dobie Pad:


Do you think I’m missing something really important? Or has one of these items come in handy for you in the past? Let me know in the comments below.