What To Pack For College: Super Checklist

Do you really need to move your parent’s entire house with you to college? If you are bound for college then you must get your things in order. I mean, only the essentials. I will help you to identify just what you need and help you in not leaving the most needed.

Be sure to check out what it is that comes in your dorm room and what you are allowed to have in your room. Some universities have dorm kitchens and require you to use those appliances instead of your own.

You are free to add or subtract to this checklist. Based on your area of study you may need to bring subject area items. Take for example going to study nursing. The school may not provide all the items you need such as a stethoscope, lab coat or a blood pressure monitor (sphygmomanometers). Then there are some things you can get on campus at the bookstore or grocery shop. 

I have placed the essential items that you will need to take with you into categories below:

What To Bring


  • Laptop and charger
  • Laptop case or bag
  • Earphone
  • Cellphone and charger
  • Extension cord
  • Portable speakers
  • HDMI cord
  • Mini fridge
  • Electric kettle
  • Microwave
  • Iron


  • Bag pack
  • Memory card/ USB Flashdrive
  • Stapler
  • Sticky notes
  • Glue
  • Pens and pencil
  • Notebook
  • Desk organizer
  • Ruled paper
  • Blank paper
  • Scientific Calculator
  • Scissors
  • Binders
  • Folders
  • Geometry set
  • Index cards
  • Erasers
  • Whiteouts/liquid pen
  • Highlighter
  • Markers
  • Pencil case
  • Sharpener


  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • A professional outfit (interview)
  • Rainboots
  • Gym clothes
  • Casual Wear
  • Belt
  • Bathrobe
  • Gloves
  • Scarfs
  • Hats
  • Sweater or jacket
  • Tops for class
  • Bottoms-jeans 
  • School Shoes
  • Pajamas
  • Dress shoes
  • Flip flops
  • Swimwear
  • Eyemask


  • Plates
  • Bowl, plate, and cups
  • Pots and pan
  • Garbage roll
  • Dish towel
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Plate sponge
  • Blender/small Nutri-bullet
  • Food storage containers
  • Paper towel
  • Can opener
  • Utensils-spoon, knives, and fork
  • Dish liquid

Household Items

  • Light bulbs
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Small vacuum cleaner
  • Flashlight
  • Mop
  • Underbed storage containers


  • Tissue
  • Body wash/soap
  • Hand soap
  • Bush or/and comb
  • Sunscreen
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Glass cleaner
  • Mouthwash
  • Shower caddy
  • Hand mirror
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Twizer
  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste
  • Dental Floss
  • Hair products
  • Vitamins
  • Shower cap
  • Pain killers
  • Nail care set
  • Insect repellant
  • Shaving cream and razors
  • Face scrubs and creams
  • Lotion or Moisturizers
  • Hair equipment- dryers, curling irons, electric shaver, etc
  • Washcloth or shower puff
  • Prescription medicine

Laundry Linens

  • Laundry bag
  • Hamper
  • Curtains
  • Laundry detergents and softners
  • Bleach
  • 2 Blankets
  • Comforter
  • Mattress cover
  • 3 Towels
  • Clothes hangers
  • Lint roll
  • 3 Sheets and pillow case
  • Pillow

Temporary Food 

  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Hot chocolate packs
  • Granola bars
  • Ramen
  • Dried fruits
  • Instant oatmeal
  • Crackers
  • Cereal

Your Room

  • A fan
  • Desk lamp
  • Small trash can
  • Bulletin and whiteboard


  • Photos from home 
  • Potted plants
  • Poster
  • Small area rug
  • Doormat

Vital Information

  • National ID
  • Passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Enrollment documents
  • Student ID
  • Bank cards
  • Health Insurance card
  • Drivers license
  • Lease agreement if renting 
  • Emergency contact information
  • Financial aid information

Miscellaneous Items

  • Games
  • Musical Instrument
  • Weekend bag
  • Printer
  • Sports gears
  • Umbrellas
  • Bike, bike lock, and helmet
  • Calendar
  • First aid kit
  • Sewing kit

So, there you have it. You should be all set for the trip and to face your first day in college. Nothing beats being prepared but to prepare. Ensure you have the space to carry all that you packed. Additionally, if you should move while in college you should not require a moving truck.

If you think that I have left out something that is definitely a must or you believe I have included something that is not needed. Leave your comments in the feed below. Let me know what are your thoughts.



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