Plan For College

Monday, August 15, 2011

107 Things to Pack for College

It's the middle of August, and school is just around the corner. For new college students and even returning ones, the question of "what to pack for college" is a typical one. Below is our full list of things you'll need to bring to college for your dorm room, but make sure to discuss with your roommates before packing. You won't want 3 microwaves. Ones with the * mark next to them are either not essential or should definitely be discussed with your roommates before purchasing. So here is our ultimate list of things to pack and bring to college:

Electrical Stuff
  • Power cords
  • Extension cords
  • *Extra long cable cord
  • Cell phone charger
  • Laptop chargers
  • *Adapters (if you're going to school abroad, you'll definitely need converters and if you're going to school in the United States, you may need 3-pronged to 2-pronged adapters) 
  • *Alarm clock (or cell phone)
  • Printer
Decorative Stuff and Lighting
  • *Posters
  • Desk stuff
  • *Area rug
  • Desk lamp
  • *Light bulbs
  • *Floor lamp
  • *Clip-on reading/bed light
  • *Mirror
  • *Picture hangers
Spacial stuff/Organizers
  • Storage units for below your bed
  • *Door hangers
  • Clothes hangers
  • *Extra storage bins
  • Lock box
  • *Shoe organizer
  • *Trash can (maybe: most college dorms will provide trash cans and recycling bins)
Cleaning Supplies (room)
  • *Small vacuum
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Febreze
  • Rags
Bathroom necessities
  • Body Wash
  • Face Wash
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Flip flops
  • Razor
  • Shaving Cream
  • Shower caddie
  • Toiletries carrying case
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Floss
  • 2 sets of towels
  • Deodorant 
  • Hair dryer
  • Comb/brush
  • Nail clippers
Appliances
  • *Microwave
  • *Small refrigerator
    • Look into renting the microwave/refrigerator combo!
  • *Fan
  • *Television
  • *DVD player

School Supplies
  • Folders
  • Notebooks
  • Pens/pencis
  • Backpack
  • Laptop
  • *USB flash drive
  • Pencils/Pen
  • *Calculator/graphing calculator
  • *Stapler
  • *Printer
  • *Printer ink
  • Computer paper
  • Tape
  • Post-it notes
  • *Scissors
  • Textbooks
Clothing essentials
  • Laundry bin/bag
  • *Dryer rack
  • *Small ironing board and iron
  • Laundry detergent
  • *Quarters (many washer/dryers take quarters)
  • Stain remover
  • *Lint brush
  • *Suit (see below too)
  • Business casual clothes for presentation/interviews
  • *Seasonal clothes depending on the climate and how far from home you are
  • *2 weeks of underwear and socks (this is from personal experience - when I was in college, I would do my laundry every two weeks on average. You need clean underwear and socks each day, so shoot for having enough to carry you for two weeks)
  • *Sewing kit
  • Umbrella
  • Jacket
  • *Gloves
  • *Hat
  • *Boots
  • Sneakers
  • Dress Shoes
  • Casual shoes
Bed Essentials
  • 2 pairs of extra long sheets
  • Comforter
  • Pillows
  • Pillow covers
  • Egg-crate, foam - extra long
  • Blankets
The rest of it (all of these have *)
  • Stereo or speaker system
  • Tools
  • Bathrobe
  • Bottle opener
  • Vitamins and medications
  • Stick pins/thumbtacks
  • Camera
  • Whiteboard 
  • Flashlight
  • Bottled water
  • iPod
  • Sports equipment
  • Bicycle
  • Plastic wear/silverware
  • Insurance information
That is our ultimate list of things to pack for college. If we've missed anything, please let us know below in comments, or join us on Facebook to continue to discussion. Good luck with the packing and don't stress out! 


If you miss something in your packing, you can always buy it at school or have your parents ship it to you later. Good luck!

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