What to Bring to College- Ultimate College Packing List Ever

What to Bring to College

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One of the most provocative and best parts of the life of a student who is going first to college is to do packing for college. What to bring to college is interesting as well as stressful too because packing up your life most important things to bring to college or better we can say ‘treasures’ into your really tiny dorm at college can be daunting especially when you’re a freshman.

Welcome to college packing list

This Ultimate College Kackaging List has everything from bedding to food items to medicine for emergency. This complete college packing list is for What to Pack for college and to make sure you have everything you need for your first year at college.

Packing list of things to bring to college has been divided into different categories, making shopping easier for you. You need to checklist the items so that nothing will leave unpacked.

To save the time of your packing or shipping, it might make sense to buy some of items mention in the list after you arrive. You can also pack for one season at a time and switch items when you go home during breaks. One thing which is extremely substantial is to check the list of rules of different colleges (and sometimes even different dorms at the same college) have specific rules on what to bring or what not to bring in your room — especially when it is the matter of kitchen supplies and extra furniture — so before start your college packing definitely make sure to check your college’s website.

Let’s have a look to the Best College Packing List ever for freshman-

Bedding

Bed is where you relax yourself from the all day stress, study, and exertion, basically this is where you spend your good amount of time and calm yourself. So there is nothing is more important than the perfect bedding for your first college bedroom. Bed is where you feel ease, spending a quality time, from late-night eating with your roommates to cramming for your final. So make it a cozy and clean space where you can also take some amazing shots for your memory.

  • Duvet and duvet cover or comforter set
  • Throw blanket
  • Sleeping bag or air mattress
  • Bedbug-protecting mattress cover
  • Foam topper
  • Underbed storage
  • Mattress pad
  • Twin XL sheet set
  • Twin XL bed skirt
  • Pillows
  • Reading pillow
  • Throw pillows
  • Pillowcases 

Room

Your room in college required a killer set-up as this is the entire living space where you spend most of the time after your classes. So don't underestimate the importance of it. It’s totally depending on you that what you want your friends to see in your room when they walking into your room first time. What's the vibe you want to give off? If you are waiting for my suggestions then, here's what I'd get.

  • Alarm clock
  • Bedside lamp
  • Hanging lamp
  • Couch cushion
  • Adhesive hooks and strips (that come off cleanly)
  • Additional space for seating (comfy chair, folding chair, beanbag chair, etc.)
  • Futon
  • Cushion cover
  • Bedside table
  • Dining table
  • Wall clock
  • Floor lamp
  • Bed risers
  • Lampshade
  • Coffee table
  • Area rug
  • Bed net
  • String lights
  • Bulletin board and/or dry erase board
  • Closet organizer
  • Posters
  • Push pins/magnets/whiteboard markers
  • Wall art
  • Photos
  • Picture frames or photo clips
  • Hangers
  • Skirt hangers
  • Over-the-door storage units
  • Space bags
  • Jewelry safe
  • Curtain rods (if needed)
  • Curtains
  • Fan
  • Wall mirror/full-length mirror
  • Jewelry organizer
  • Clothes rack
  • Stepladder
  • Space cooler
  • Plants
  • Decorative baskets
  • Trashcan
  • Drawers
  • Candles
  • Shoe rack
  • Candle holder
  • Water Filter Pitcher
  • Shelves
  • Utility cart
  • Vase

Laundry

Welcome to college, otherwise known as your introduction to doing your own laundry 100% of the time. Want clean leggings? You've gotta wash them yourself. Want to not run out of clothes before the week ends — hey, it happens — throw them in the wash. One more thing which is need to realize that and come prepared for that is, no college laundry rooms actually don't provide you with stain remover or drying sheets.

  • Bleach
  • Laundry hamper or bag
  • Dryer sheets
  • Fabric softener
  • Lingerie bag
  • Laundry detergent
  • Color catchers
  • Stain remover
  • Drying rack
  • Garment bag
  • Sewing kit
  • Iron
  • Lint brush
  • Portable stain remover pen
  • Ironing board
  • Quarters

Food

Some packed or homemade food which we keep for long duration is essential in hostels. Because mess might not be open for you all the time and there are more chances of starving late night when might be you study or completing your assignments? So stock with few of your favourite food items, because bulk snacks are a lifestyle.

  • Granola bars
  • Sugar
  • Bulk snacks (candy, granola, dried fruit, etc.)
  • Ramen
  • Bottled water
  • Cereal
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Coffee
  • Coffee creamer
  • Instant hot chocolate
  • Popcorn
  • Microwaveable mac and cheese
  • Instant oatmeal
  • Soup

Desk/School Supplies

Who doesn't love the fresh smell of school supplies? School supplies are a little different in high school than they are in college, mostly because you'll definitely have one professor who will totally chew you out if you don't own a stapler (trust me). Learn in style is a part of college, so you can impress all of your New Classmates and also inspire yourself via your favourite notebook. Plus, keep your desk as stocked as your closet and you'll never run into an awkward, last minute, "Wait, can I borrow a highlighter?" situation.

  • Paper clips
  • Backpack
  • Binder clips
  • Binders
  • Business cards
  • Desk chair
  • Tote bag
  • Desk organizer
  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Clicker
  • Folders
  • Desk lamp
  • Envelopes
  • Cards/notes to send home
  • Notebook paper
  • File folder for important documents
  • Desk storage box
  • Glue
  • Stamps
  • Notebooks
  • Notepads
  • Journal
  • Laptop fan/stand
  • Pencil case
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Sticky notes
  • Index cards
  • White out
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Pens/colored pens
  • Rubber bands
  • Permanent marker
  • Highlighters
  • Planner
  • Lunchbox
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Portfolio/portfolio case for interviews
  • Tape
  • Textbooks
  • Stapler
  • Staples
  • Staple remover
  • Three-hole punch

Kitchen Supplies

Depending on where you end up going to school, your kitchen could be anything from a microwave and a mini-fridge to a legit kitchen you're sharing with your roommates. Your college kitchen has to serve your needs whether you're trying to save money by making your coffee at home and taking it to go, or trying to dabble a bit in being a college foodie.

  • Toaster (if your school allows it)
  • Oven mitt
  • Blender
  • Microwave (if your school allows it)
  • Coffee maker
  • Water boiler
  • Mini fridge (if your school allows it)
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Bottle opener
  • Water filter pitcher
  • Travel mug
  • Water filters
  • Utensils
  • Dishes
  • Can opener
  • Chip clips
  • Knives
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Napkins
  • Food storage containers
  • Mugs
  • Dish towels
  • Plastic wrap
  • Paper plates
  • Sealable plastic bags
  • Tinfoil
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Paper towels
  • Hand soap
  • Glass cleaner
  • Duster
  • Broom
  • Mop
  • Dustpan
  • Sponges
  • Mini vacuum
  • Trash bags

Tech

Once you enter in college and start with your classes, definitely you require a new category i.e. tech. You'll have emails to write, papers to send, assignments to submit, projects, and endless photos to take. With mention below tech essentials you can keep your documents fresh.

  • Lap desk/stand
  • Laptop
  • Keyboard
  • Chargers (phone, laptop, camera, etc.)
  • Wireless mouse
  • Laptop Case
  • Flash drives
  • HDMI cable
  • Camera
  • External hard drive
  • E-reader
  • Tablet
  • Portable phone charger
  • SD card for camera
  • Ethernet cable
  • Extension cords
  • Headphones and spare headphones
  • Printer
  • Speakers
  • Printer ink
  • Adapters (HDMI, ethernet, etc)
  • Surge protectors
  • Cord organizer
  • Router
  • Printer paper
  • TV
  • TV stand
  • Batteries

Bathroom

  • Bathroom rug
  • Shower organizer (if your school allows it)
  • Air freshener
  • Shower curtain and rings (if needed)
  • Shower cap
  • Shower mat
  • Upgraded showerhead (if your school allows it)
  • Loofah
  • Shower shoes
  • Bathrobe
  • Shower caddy
  • Bath pouf
  • Washcloths
  • Hand towels
  • Tumbler/cup
  • Bath towels
  • Bathroom cleaning supplies (if you need them for your dorm: i.e., rubber gloves, toilet brush, drain cleaner, glass cleaner, shower cleaner, sponges, toilet cleaner)
  • Scale

Toiletries

While borrowing toiletries from your roommates can be fun, it gets a little awkward when you have to ask for shampoo the third time around. Shopping for toiletries is kind of an adventure, so grab this list of products and supplies and make an afternoon out of it.

Products  

  • Conditioner
  • Shampoo
  • Moisturizer
  • Self-tanner
  • Bar soap
  • Body scrub
  • Lotion
  • Hair Color
  • Body wash
  • Hair removal cream
  • Cleanser
  • Mask
  • Hair Treatments
  • Deodorant
  • Acne medicine/cream
  • Shaving Cream
  • Waxing strips
  • Sunscreen
  • Foundation
  • Blush
  • Primer
  • Bronzer
  • Highlighter
  • Concealer
  • Mascara
  • Makeup remover
  • Eye cream
  • Eyeliner
  • Eyebrow pencil
  • Eyeshadow
  • Hairspray
  • Lip balm
  • Lipstick
  • Hair gel
  • Hair mousse
  • Nail polish remover
  • Toothpaste
  • Nail polish
  • Mouthwash
  • Antibacterial gel

Supplies

  • Tweezers
  • Hand mirror
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Razor
  • Hairbrush
  • Toothbrush
  • Diffusers
  • Comb
  • Bobby pins
  • Floss
  • Hair straightener
  • Blow dryer
  • Hair curlers
  • Contacts, solution, and case
  • Curling iron
  • Hair ties
  • Hair clips
  • Cotton balls
  • Headbands
  • Eyeglasses and case
  • Cotton swabs
  • Tissues
  • Makeup brushes
  • Eyeglass cleaner
  • Toilet paper
  • Nail clippers
  • Pumice stone
  • Nail files
  • Tampons and pads

Clothing

The fun part: your closet. Prepare for every single girl's night in, party, tailgate, formal, and that really fun time of year where your professor makes you dress up to give a presentation. Don't forget your favorite high school sweatshirt for when you're feeling nostalgic.

  • Shapewear
  • Pajamas
  • Underwear
  • Sports bras
  • Bras
  • Going-out clothes
  • Little black dress
  • Formal dress
  • Long-sleeve shirts
  • Short-sleeve shirts
  • T-shirts
  • Semi-formal dresses
  • Shorts
  • Belts
  • Tank tops
  • Casual dresses
  • Professional dress-up (button-down shirts, dress, blazers, dress pants, skirts, shoes, purse)
  • Tights
  • Jeans
  • Pants
  • Leggings/Yoga pants
  • Skirts
  • Sweaters
  • Fleece
  • Sweatpants
  • Raincoat
  • Athletic sneakers
  • Gloves
  • Sweatshirts
  • Jackets
  • Winter coat
  • Workout clothes
  • Boots
  • Casual shoes
  • Flip-flops
  • Heels
  • Scarves
  • Rain boots
  • Snow boots
  • Socks
  • Socks for rain boots
  • Slippers
  • Sunglasses
  • Slipper socks
  • Bathing suits
  • Hats
  • Watch
  • Wristlet
  • Formal clutch
  • Going-out purse
  • Change purse
  • Gym bag
  • Everyday purse
  • Jewelry
  • Costume clothing for theme parties/extracurricular events

Documents

You're a grown-up, now. Carry your own stuff. The fun part? You'll be ready to jet-set come spring break without panicking about your parents being able to get your passport in the mail on time.

  • Debit card
  • Driver’s license
  • Student ID
  • Bank documents
  • Passport
  • AAA Card
  • Credit card
  • Cheques
  • Renters insurance (if you have an apartment)
  • Financial aid documents
  • Car registration and insurance information
  • Emergency contact list
  • Copy of birth certificate
  • Lease (if you have an apartment)
  • Copy of Social Security card
  • Health/dental insurance cards
  • Product warranties

Medical

Sadly, college is a breeding ground for germs. I know, I wish it wasn't the case. But that many people in such a small space? Boom. Suddenly everyone has that same weird cough-sneeze-combo. Dorms definitely don't come with stocked medicine cabinet, so come prepared and save yourself, and your roommates, a rush trip to the drugstore.

  • Antiseptic wipes
  • First aid kit
  • Allergy medicine
  • Bandages
  • Blister bandages
  • Aloe lotion
  • Cold medicine
  • Cortisone cream
  • Throat drops/lozenges
  • Eye drops
  • Vaseline
  • Humidifier
  • Menstrual pain medication
  • Decongestant
  • Insect repellent
  • Throat spray
  • Prescription medicine
  • Hot and cold packs
  • Multivitamins
  • Supplements (iron pills, etc.)
  • Retainer/mouthguard
  • Over-the-counter pain medication
  • Prescription refill information
  • Upset stomach medication
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Thermometer
  • Thermometer covers

Extras that make college better

Are you a Weekend Adventurer or more of a stay-at-home gal? Either way, you'll want to grab the below to make sure you can handle whatever random moments pop up. Because college is all about little moments, random, and turning them into memories.

  • Bike helmet
  • Books to read for fun
  • Beach towel
  • Bike
  • Video game console
  • DVDs
  • Bike lock
  • Board games
  • Art supplies
  • Musical instruments
  • Safety pins
  • Religious materials
  • Earplugs
  • Sleep mask
  • Playing cards
  • Tool kit
  • Flashlight
  • Lightbulbs
  • Safety whistle
  • Travel organizer for toiletries
  • Pepper spray
  • Duct tape
  • Luggage tags
  • Weekend bag
  • Sports equipment
  • Suitcase/duffel bag
  • Umbrella
  • Yoga mat
  • Vacuum
  • Hand weights

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