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The Ultimate College Packing List

Jesse Alexander For Students, Fun Facts

15 College Essentials

The Ultimate College Packing List

Preparing for college can be an overwhelming process. With so many items to purchase and pack, you’re bound to forget something crucial if you don’t make a list beforehand. Below, we’ve shared the ultimate college packing list, so you have all the essential items to survive your freshman year.

School Supplies

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Backpack

Choose a comfortable and stylish backpack that will last for your entire college education. We recommend buying a waterproof backpack with multiple pockets, so your expensive textbooks stay dry.

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Notebooks

Simple lined notebooks with tear-out pages are perfect for college lectures.

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Writing Implements

Everyone has a favorite writing tool. If you love blue pens, stock up on your favorite brand before school starts.

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Post-It Notes

These small adhesive squares are a lifesaver in college, especially if you have a daunting to-do list. Use them to set daily goals, or remind yourself about upcoming events.

Dorm Essentials

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Bed Cover

Insects and illnesses can spread quickly through a college campus, so we recommend investing in a bed bug-resistant mattress cover.

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Sheets & Pillows

Most college dorms have a specific mattress size called “Twin XL.” Make sure that you find the right bedding or your sheets won’t fit properly.

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Desk Lamp

There’s a lot of late-night reading and writing in college. Choose a lamp that brightens your entire desk, without disturbing your roommates.

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Clothes Hangers

Depending on your dorm configuration, you may be sharing closet space with other people. Bring enough hangers for your jackets and dressy clothing, and then store the rest of your wardrobe in a dresser.

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Laundry Detergents

Liquid detergent is easier for laundry novices, and it takes up less space in a dorm. If you want to be fancy, add dryer sheets to your college packing list as well.

Bathroom Items

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Towels

We recommend investing in two high-quality bath towels that you can enjoy for your undergraduate years. Light colored towels are less of a hassle than dark ones because the lint doesn’t show on your skin.

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Shower Caddy

When sharing a bathroom with a dozen people, it’s helpful to have a personal caddy that you can carry into the shower. This way, you won’t take up any shower space with your toiletries, and your roommates won’t use your shampoo.

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Cleaning Supplies

Many colleges have a cleaning staff that scrubs the bathrooms on a weekly basis, but you may want to purchase some all-purpose cleaner (just in case).

Decorations

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Posters

Your dorm is a space for personal expression. If you’re a huge hip-hop fan, don’t hesitate to hang a few posters of your favorite artists. Likewise, if you love cute animals, you should buy some kitty and puppy posters.

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Painter’s Tape

Here’s a practical and fun addition to any dorm room. Leave a note for roommates, play a doodle game, or come up with a collaborative shopping list.

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Whiteboard

Many colleges have a cleaning staff that scrubs the bathrooms on a weekly basis, but you may want to purchase some all-purpose cleaner (just in case).


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