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What To Bring To College: The Best Packing List

What To Bring To College:

The Best Packing List

Freshwoman looking at her new college dorm
If the first day of freshman year doesn’t scare you enough, we don’t know what else will. Just kidding! Moving into a new place and meeting new faces is exciting but we know it can be scary.  Let’s start with the basics first to help calm the nerves — packing!

Here’s a checklist you’ll want to check off before moving into your new dorm. Download or print it here.

ROOM ESSENTIALS

Room essentials you need to bring inside your new dorm for college

  • ☑ adhesive hooks

  • ☑ alarm clock

  • ☑ bedside lamp

  • ☑ beanbag / foldable chair

  • ☑ coffee table

  • ☑ corkboard

  • ☑ curtains

  • ☑ fan / space cooler

  • ☑ foldable drying rack

  • ☑ long mirror

  • ☑ picture frames / photos

  • ☑ pushpins

  • ☑ rug

  • ☑ shoe rack

  • ☑ small trash can 

  • ☑ space bags / ziploc

  • ☑ desk lamp / desk chair

  • ☑ storage trays / under bed storage

  • ☑ EzPacking Cubes (great for storage / packing / organization)

 

BEDDING

Pillows, mattress cover, and other bedding items you need for your new dorm

 Pillows, mattress cover, and other bedding items you need for your new dorm

  •  bed sheets

  • ☑ comforter / duvet set

  • ☑ mattress cover

  • ☑ mattress pad (check which size is needed)

  • ☑ futon

  •  pillows

  • ☑ pillowcases

  • ☑ reading pillow

  •  throw blanket

  • ☑ throw pillows


LAUNDRY

best laundry bag for college

 KITCHEN SUPPLIES

Turquoise Aqua Coffee Maker Toaster and Stove Top is great for college dorms


FOOD / DRINKS

Apple, cereal, oats, coffee and other healthy food and drinks you need in your college dorm
  • ☑ coffee / tea

  • ☑ coffee creamer

  • ☑ cup of noodles

  • ☑ cereal

  •  granola bars

  •  dried fruit

  • ☑ mixed nuts

  • ☑ instant hot chocolate

  • ☑ milk

  • ☑ peanut butter

  • ☑ salt & pepper

  • ☑ soup

  • ☑ sugar


SCHOOL SUPPLIES

Ruler, notebook, scissor, and other school supplies you need in college
  • ☑ binders / folders

  • ☑ binder clips

  •  notebooks

  • ☑ 3x5 index cards

  • ☑ calculator

  • ☑ calendar / planner

  • ☑ envelopes

  • ☑ eraser

  • ☑ file organizer

  • ☑ glue

  •  highlighters

  • ☑ laptop fan / laptop stand

  • ☑ dry erase board

  • ☑ pencils /pens

  • ☑ pen holder

  • ☑ permanent markers

  •  sticky notes

  • ☑ printer paper

  • ☑ rubber bands

  • ☑ ruler

  • ☑ scissors

  •  sharpener

  • ☑ stapler & staples

  • ☑ tape

  • ☑ wite-out / correction tape


ELECTRONIC / ENTERTAINMENT

Laptop, book, magazines, and other entertainment and electronic supplies you need in college

  • ☑ art supplies

  • ☑ batteries

  • ☑ books / magazines

  •  board games

  • ☑ waterproof  camera

  •  external hard drive

  • ☑ flash drives / usb

  • ☑ memory card / sd card

  • ☑ headphones / earbuds

  • ☑ ipad / tablet

  • ☑ extra keyboard

  • ☑ laptop / charger

  •  wireless mouse

  • ☑ musical instrument

  • ☑ portable phone charger

  •  portable speakers

  • ☑ printer (optional)

  • ☑ printer ink (if you have printer)

  • ☑ religious materials

  • ☑ sports / gym equipment

  • ☑ video game console

  • ☑ yoga mat

  • ☑ weights


BATHROOM

bathroom organizer for small college dorm

HAIR ESSENTIALS

Hair iron, shampoo, conditioner, and other hair products you need to bring in your college dorm
  • ☑ shampoo / conditioner

  •  dry shampoo

  • ☑ hair comb / brush

  • ☑ curling iron / flat iron

  • ☑ hair dryer

  •  hair defrizzer

  • ☑ hair spray

  • ☑ hair ties / clips / headbands

  •  leave-in conditioner / curling cream

  • ☑ shampoo / conditioner


TOILETRIES

Floss, toothbrush, toothpaste, and other toiletries inside Extra Small Cube
  • ☑ toothbrush / toothpaste

  • ☑ mouthwash / floss

  • ☑ body soap / shower gel

  •  facial cleanser

  • ☑ lotion / moisturizer

  • ☑ makeup / remover

  •  deodorant / perfume

  • ☑ nail clippers

  • ☑ razor & shaving cream

  •  sunscreen

  • ☑ tweezer

  • ☑ cotton swabs

  • ☑ q - tips

  • ☑ pads / tampons


VANITY KIT

Makeup essentials inside EzPacking Small Cube

MINI FIRST AID KIT

Band aid, neosporin, and ther first aid kit essentials you need in your college dorm
  •  antibacterial wipes

  •  aspirin

  • ☑ band-aids

  • ☑ contraceptives / birth control

  • ☑ eye drops

  • ☑ insect repellent

  • ☑ medications

  • ☑ motion sickness medication

  •  pain reliever

  • ☑ prescription medicine

  • ☑ rubbing alcohol

  • ☑ thermometer

  • ☑ vitamins


CLOTHING


FOR HER

College girl holding a notebook and books with backpack
  • ☑ bras / sports bras

  • ☑ underwear

  • ☑ socks / thermal socks

  •  casual shirts

  • ☑ tank tops

  • ☑ formal skirts

  • ☑ long-sleeve shirts

  •  dress pants

  • ☑ jeans / pants

  • ☑ casual shorts

  • ☑ casual skirts

  • ☑ casual dress / little black dress

  • ☑ semi-formal dress / cocktail dress

  •  formal dress

  • ☑ sweatpants

  • ☑ blazers

  •  cardigan / jacket / sweater

  • ☑ raincoat

  • ☑ swimwear

  • ☑ scarves

  • ☑ gloves / mittens (for cold places)

  • ☑ ear muffs (for cold places)

  •  flip flops

  • ☑ formal shoes

  • ☑ snow boots (for cold places)

  • ☑ heels / wedges

  •  sneakers

  • ☑ sandals

  • ☑ belts

  • ☑ sunglasses

  • ☑ hats / caps

  • ☑ jewelry


FOR HIM

College boy reading a book and taking a coffee
  • ☑ underwear / briefs

  • ☑ socks / thermal socks

  • ☑ polo shirts

  • ☑ casual shirts

  •  long-sleeve shirts

  • ☑ dress shirts

  • ☑ dress pants

  • ☑ jeans / pants

  • ☑ casual shorts

  •  sweatpants

  • ☑ suit / formal shirts

  • ☑ cardigan / jacket / sweater

  • ☑ raincoat

  •  swimwear

  • ☑ gloves / mittens (for cold places)

  • ☑ ear muffs (for cold places)

  • ☑ flip flops

  • ☑ formal shoes

  •  snow boots (for cold places)

  • ☑ sneakers

  • ☑ belts

  • ☑ sunglasses

  •  watch

  • ☑ hats


PURSE & BAGS

College freshman wearing EzPacking duffle bag


IMPORTANT

Passport laptop and other important items you need for college

  • ☑ aaa card

  • ☑ bank documents

  • ☑ cash / credit card / debit card

  • ☑ change / coins for vending machines

  • ☑ car registration & insurance information

  • ☑ driver’s license

  • ☑ emergency contact list

  • ☑ financial aid documents

  • ☑ health insurance / dental insurance

  • ☑ passport

  • ☑ photocopy of birth certificate

  • ☑ student id

  • ☑ apartment lease contract (if you have one)

  • ☑ product warranties


OTHERS

Extra light bulb you can bring on your college dorm

Now that you know what to bring for your “new home”, get excited for this new chapter of your life! College is all about meeting new people, experiencing new challenges, and taking a step towards to your goals.

Don't forget to download this What to Bring to College Checklist here!

Good luck! You got this.

College essentials checklist



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