77 Things to Bring

Packing for college can be a daunting task. To assist you in the process we have provided you a packing list of items you may need.

This list is not comprehensive, but it should help you get started!

Personal Hygiene/Health

Some of these items should be pretty obvious, because you don’t really want to be known as the smelly kid in class, but you also want to make sure that you can maintain your hygiene beyond just your hair and teeth.

  1. Shampoo/Conditioner
  2. Brush/Comb
  3. Hair product (hair spray, mousse, etc.)
  4. Eye care products (contact solution, lens cleaner, eye drops, etc.)
  5. Toothpaste
  6. Toothbrush
  7. Razors (& Shaving Cream)
  8. Deodorant/Antiperspirant
  9. Cologne/Perfume
  10. Soap (with a sturdy soap case)
  11. Shower Caddy (you don’t want to have to carry bottles, soap, etc. and fumble around)
  12. Mouthwash
  13. Flip Flops/Shower Shoes (you don’t want to know what is on those bathroom floors)
  14. Vitamins (Especially C for your immune system)
  15. Eye Mask (to help you sleep)
  16. Ear Plugs (also, to help you sleep and study)
  17. Kleenex

First Aid/Emergency

It is always good to be prepared in the case of an emergency, and while the staff in your residence hall are likely trained to handle basic emergency situations, it is better to be safe than sorry.

18. First Aid Kit
19. Rubbing Alcohol
20. Prescription Medications
21. OTC Medications (Pain, Allergy, etc.)
22. Flashlight
23. Tools (Hammer, Screwdrivers, Pliers, etc.)

Clothing & Linens

You may plan on going home regularly, but plans change, and laundry can start to pile up rather quickly. If you do go home often, consider leaving seasonal items at home until it gets closer to the time when you need them. However, err on the side of caution, and make sure you bring those seasonal items sooner, rather than later; you wouldn’t want to be caught in the cold without an appropriate jacket.

24. [Extra] Undergarments (Socks, underwear, etc. pack more of these than you need)
25. Dress
26. Towels and Bath Robe
27. Sewing Kit
28. Hamper (the pop-up kind work really well)
31.Walking/Running Shoes (you'llbe walking to class)
32.Extra Bedding
33.Laundry materials (basket, detergent, softener, etc.)

Room Hygiene

Although it is not going to be your favorite activity with in college, it is important to clean your room every once in a while.

34.Cleaning Supplies (window/all-purpose cleaner, etc.)
35.Air Fresheners
36.Febreeze (excellent for quick clean-ups when company is coming)
37.Area Rug (a 4’x6’ rug works well to hide cords, and decorate)
38.Storage Containers (hide your stuff that you don’t want people to see)
39.Garbage can (and bags...and take it out more than once per month)

Office & Organization Supplies

Don’t forget that you came to college to study! Below are some things that might assist in your academic transition.

40.Desk Lamp (so you can study at night without disturbing roommates)
41.Tape Dispenser (with Tape, obviously)
42.Stapler (with staples, obviously)
43.3-Hole Punch
44.Dry Erase/Bulletin Board (for your door...people like to leave messages)
45.Daily Planner (to remember when that 30-page paper is due)
46.Basic School/Office Supplies (pens, pencils, binders, notebooks, etc.)
47.Office Organizational Items (file folders, desk set, etc.)
48.Rack/Bed Risers (so you can fit more junk under your bed)
49.[Large] Backpack/Carrying Bag
50.White Out

Computer Stuff

Today, everything is done by computers, and almost every class will require group work. Make it easier on yourself, and remember to take the following items along with you...your grades will thank you.

51.Flash/USB Drive (using a service such as Dropbox is also quite helpful)
53.Printer (and Paper)
54.External Hard Drive (computer/file backup)
55.Computer supplies (writable CD/DVDs, cleaning supplies, etc)
56.Surge Protector/Power Cords (and cord covers/organizers)

Eating Supplies

It can be difficult to study on an empty stomach, and depending on the dining plan at your school, it could end up being very difficult to not have an empty stomach at times. Make it a tad less difficult on yourself, and remember to grab a few items for yourself.

57.Can opener (non-electric is better, they take up less room)
58.Healthy snacks (granola bars, etc.)
59.Snack Food (popcorn, pretzels, cookies, etc.)
60.Food saving containers (sandwich keepers, Ziploc bags, etc.)
61.Eating Utensils (forks, knives, cups, etc.)62.Microwave safe container


Long night/week/month of studying? Then maybe it is time to relax. Take along your preferred entertainment, and make sure that you never get bored.

63.Television (don't forget the coaxial cable)
64.Sound System/Stereo (may use speakers in conjunction w/ computer instead)
65.Reading Material (books, magazines, etc.)
66.Games (Board Games, Computer Games)
67.Headphones (both for listening to music and avoiding your roommate)
68.Camera (preferably digital, along with extra storage (SD) cards)
69.Seating (bag chairs are excellent for when you have company, but a couch can be nice)

Financial/Personal Information

Many students will get jobs, and most will need to go out and purchase something at a moment’s notice. Make sure you take along all of the paperwork you are going to need to get by. (Note:If you plan on getting a job, you will likely need 2 forms of identification). Also, I want to call attention to the lock box below; this can be extremely important, because you cannot trust everyone in the dorms, so make sure you lock up any sensitive information.

70.Identification (Driver's License, SS Card, Health Insurance Info)
71.Checkbook/Debit Card
72.Credit Card (be careful with this, and only use it in an emergency...no really)

Other Things

73.Umbrella (make sure it is a sturdy one, flimsy ones suck when you are late for class)
74.Cell Phone (you don’t need a smart phone, just some way for people to find you)
75.An 'I Love Me' Repository (plaques, awards, etc. to let people know more about you)
76.Alarm Clock (you don’t want to miss EVERY 8 am class)
77.Fans (a window fan and a desk fan; most campuses don’t allow air conditioners)

Leave at home:

  • Air conditioners
  • Alcohol and other drugs
  • Anything with an exposed heating element
  • Anything with an open flame
  • Candles and candle warmers (eg. Scentsy)
  • Coffee pots without an automatic shut-off feature (brands like Keurig with enclosed heating elements are okay)
  • Contact paper
  • Dry-erase/memo boards are prohibited on room doors (We supply then next to your door!)
  • Fireworks
  • Flammable liquids
  • George Foreman-style grills
  • Grills or griddles
  • Halogen floor lamps
  • Hoverboards
  • Incense
  • Irons without auto shut off features
  • Lava lamps
  • Mattress from home
  • Outdoor antennas or satellite dishes
  • Pets other than fish
  • Space heaters
  • Spider/multi-arm floor lamps
  • Sub-woofers
  • Toasters/toaster ovens
  • Waterbeds and water-filled furniture
  • Weapons (including paintball guns, airsoft guns, stun guns, martial arts weapons, knives, etc.)

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