The Ultimate College Packing List

Anyone who knows me knows that my world would stop if it wasn’t for my calendar and my plethora of categorized lists. Here’s a look at what I used this summer when I was packing for my freshman year at college. Remember, this list is what worked for me, but be sure to check out the recommendations that your school makes in addition to other lists out there. Happy shopping!

Bedding

  • Duvet/Quilt/Comforter
  • Mattress protector
  • Mattress pad/topper
  • Blanket
  • Sheets (2 sets)
  • Pillow(s)
  • Throw pillows
  • Throw blanket
  • Bed risers

Closet

  • Underbed storage
  • Stackable drawers
  • Hangers
  • Shoe rack
  • Jewelry organizer
  • Over-the-door hooks

Laundry

  • Laundry bag
  • Drying rack
  • Lingerie bag
  • Lint roller
  • Detergent
  • Detergent pen

Decoration

  • Photos
  • Artwork
  • Bulletin board
  • Command strips

Eating

  • Refrigerator
  • Cups (plastic)
  • Plates/bowls (plastic)
  • Silverware (plastic)
  • Water bottle
  • Dish soap
  • Small garbage bags
  • Snacks

Desk

  • Clock
  • Desk lamp (with light bulbs)
  • Pencil holder
  • Magazine holder/letter tray
  • Academic planner
  • Folders
  • Notebooks/binders
  • Lined paper
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Highlighters
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Stapler (with staples)
  • Tape dispenser (with tape)
  • Binder clips
  • Paperclips
  • Printer paper
  • Sticky notes
  • Erasers
  • Sharpies
  • Markers/colored pencils
  • Whiteout
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Three-hole punch

Toiletries

  • Towels
  • Washcloths
  • Hand towels
  • Bathrobe
  • Shower caddy
  • Shower shoes
  • Makeup
  • Makeup remover
  • Cotton rounds
  • Makeup organizer
  • Makeup mirror
  • Tissues
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Face Wash
  • Moisturizer
  • Razor (with razor blades)
  • Tweezers
  • Deodorant
  • Sunscreen
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Hairbrush
  • Comb
  • Blowdryer
  • Hair ties
  • Glasses/contacts
  • Nail clippers/file
  • First aid kit
  • Prescriptions
  • Pill boxes
  • Over-the-counter meds (Tylenol, benadryl, etc)
  • Thermometer

Misc.

  • Fan
  • Paper towels
  • Surge protector
  • Headphones
  • Speaker
  • Printer (with ink)
  • External hard drive
  • Full-length mirror
  • Trash can
  • Umbrella
  • Flashlight
  • Screwdriver
  • Hammer (with nails)

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