Making a packing list for college might seem
overwhelming at first, which is why we’ve taken the time to compile a list for
you! When you’re thinking about packing for college it can be easy to pack more
than you need, but remember, you’ll likely be living in a dorm or a small
space, and will be living with others who are also bringing things, things you
can potentially share to save some space, and still have enough room to hang
out in your new place!
You might think it impossible to live without all the creature comforts you have at home, however, moving to your new small space with just the things you need, means you can spend less time cleaning or tidying up and more time having fun and focusing on your studies. Using a college packing list helps you be more efficient!
for Packing for College:
Most likely you’ll have a roommate, talk to them
in advance, see what you can share. If there are things you’re willing to share
with your roommate, that opens up a lot of space in your dorm.
Think about where your college is versus where
you’re coming from when you’re packing. Maybe you’re moving from the midwest to
a southern school, or from the east coast to the PNW. If you are moving out of
state, be sure to do some research to find out what kinds of clothing you’ll
need. Whether you’ll be ditching winter jackets or adding in rain gear, you’ll
thank yourself for preparing for long walks through campus!
It might seem obvious, but try to start your
packing well in advance, we recommend at least a month. By packing for college
in advance, you can think about it day to day, allowing you to consider what
Packing the Right Bedding
Before you head off to college, make sure you
know exactly what size bed linens you’ll need. Whether you’re moving from full
size to a twin or your regular twin bedding won’t work with your extra-long
mattress, you’ll want to make sure what you pack will fit.
Choosing Decorations & Furniture
Even though dorm rooms are small spaces, they’re
spaces you get to call your own! When you’re packing for college, don’t forget
the fun part, decorating your new home.
You’ll need some basics, check with your
college to see what will already be there. Things like comfortable seating,
lamps, and decorations to make the dorm feel homey.
Wall hangings – Tapestries,
posters, and photos are a great place to start! Check with your school about
what you’re able to hang on the wall, some schools have rules regarding fabric,
for fire safety, as well as how you’re allowed to hang your decorations.
Push pins and/or hanging supplies
TV – this may be something you
share with your roommate
Packing Clothing for College
When you’re thinking about what to pack for
college, think about where you’re going to be living, and also if you’ll be
traveling. Is your college located somewhere similar to where you’ve been
living? Will it be raining a lot? Snowier? Warmer? All things to consider!
Your college packing list might need to
include swim trunks for a spring break trip, skiing equipment for a ski club,
or hiking boots for a weekend road trip to the mountains. Chances are you might
not have time to run back to your parent’s house before a trip, so it’s best to
be prepared when you’re working on your packing list!
Underwear (and bras)
Jackets – lightweight, rain,
Boots – winter or rain
Warm layers – gloves, hats,
You’ll also want to consider
bringing at least one special occasion outfit for events.
Do you Need Kitchen & Cooking Supplies?
It’s important to check with your college
while you’re packing to see what items are allowed or banned, some colleges
allow hot plates and microwaves, others have stricter rules.
Microwave safe plates
Microwave safe bowls
Food – Once you’re all moved in,
you’ll probably be starving! It can be fun to go out right away but just in
case you’re exhausted, make sure you’ve brought along some small,
non-refrigerated foods you can snack on right away.
One thing that can be hard to get used to when
you’re moving to a dorm is the bathrooms. We promise you will get used to
sharing, but having the right setup makes things a lot easier!
Bath towels x 2
Hand/face towels x 2
Mirror for in your dorm
First Aid and health –
medications, pain relievers, neosporin, bandaids, feminine care products, cough
Glasses or contacts and solution
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Shampoo and conditioner
Body and face wash
Razor and shaving cream
When you’re thinking about what to pack for
college, it’s easy to get caught up in what you’ll need daily in terms of fun,
comfort, and cleanliness. However, you can’t forget the number one reason
you’re going to school, to study!
People organize and study differently, so
everyone’s school-related college packing list will look a little different!
Laptop and charger
When you’re packing for college, it’s easy to
forget that your move-in ready dorm room will need to be cleaned sooner than
Whether you’d like to pack a football to toss
on campus, a skateboard to get to and from class, or you’re favorite gym
equipment you’ll be glad you brought a few extra items with you.
Gym bag, yoga mat, or equipment
Bike, bike lock, and helmet
Earplugs and sleeping mask
Luggage or duffel bag
Important documents – whether you
need your passport to go abroad, your medical card for a doctor visit, and of
course your ID
Fun extras – things like a soccer
ball, deck of cards, boardgame, gaming consoles, headphones etc.