College Packing List

May 2, 2022

You finally made your college decision and the time has come to start packing for college. You’re probably feeling overwhelmed, excited, and nervous all at the same time. There are key things that you will need at college whether you’re living in a standard dorm room or an apartment-style dorm. You will need to make sure you have everything organized and ready to go.

Here are some essentials:

Bath and Bedding

  • Sheets and Pillowcases (2 sets)
  • Pillows
  • Towels
  • Mattress Pad
  • Blankets
  • Comforter
  • Shower Caddy
  • Shower Shoes (important for community bathrooms)

Clothes and Laundry

  • Clothes Hangers
  • Laundry Basket/Bag
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Drying Rack


  • Pictures of Friends and Family
  • Posters
  • Curtains
  • Rugs
  • Desk Chair

School Supplies

  • Backpack
  • Computer
  • Calendar/Planner
  • Pens/Pencils
  • Paper
  • Notebooks
  • Calculators
  • Index Cards
  • Sticky Notes

Food and Snacks

  • Mini Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Plastic Cups
  • Paper Plates
  • Food Storage Containers
  • Water Bottle
  • Napkins
  • Plastic Silverware
  • Ziplock Bags
  • Granola Bars
  • Bread
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Popcorn
  • Cereal
  • Bottle Waters


  • Bedside/Desk Lamp
  • Mini Trashcan
  • Fan
  • Bulletin Board
  • Storage Bins
  • Umbrella

An honorable mention: An IKEA bag

Every college kid says that an IKEA bag is essential. The IKEA bag helps with storage and packing. The bag will surely save space.

These packing items should help you transition smoothly into the college lifestyle.

No worries if you forget any of these items, hopefully there will be a close store (Target or Walmart) near your college campus. If not, your parents will be happy and have a good reason to come back and visit.

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