College Packing List

With college starting soon, use this packing checklist as reference when determining what to bring.

Notes about what to bring to college:

  1. Coordinate with your roommate on who is bringing what so you don't end up with two of the same thing. There is only so much room in a dorm.
  2. Check with your college and see what items are allowed. Some dorms prohibit certain small appliances.

Quick tips for purchasing items for college:

  1. Check campus classifieds and Craigslist. Buying used is obviously going to be cheaper.
  2. Shop thrift stores and places like Target for more affordable items.
  3. Order from Amazon.com and get it shipped for free with Amazon Prime (free for students for the first 6 months).

College Packing List: Items to Bring


  • Band-Aids
  • Birth Control/Condoms/Contraceptives
  • Body Lotion
  • Body Wash
  • Cold/Cough/Allergy Medicine
  • Comb/Hairbrush
  • Cotton Balls
  • Cotton Facial Pads
  • Deodorant
  • Eye Drops
  • Face Wash
  • Floss
  • Hair Bands/Hair Pins
  • Hairbrush
  • Hairspray/Styling Cream
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Kleenex
  • Lip Balm
  • Make-up
  • Mirror
  • Mouthwash
  • Multi-vitamins
  • Nail Clippers
  • Nail File
  • Nail Polish Remover
  • Neosporin
  • Perfume/Cologne/Body Spray
  • Q-Tips
  • Razor, Shaving Gel
  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Soap
  • Suntan Lotion
  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste
  • Tweezers

  • Address Book
  • Cell Phone and Charger
  • Clothes
  • Earplugs
  • Glasses
  • Headphones
  • iPod/MP3 Player
  • Sandals/Flip-Flops
  • Travel Mug
  • Water Bottle


  • Broom and Dustpan
  • Bucket
  • Cleansers: Windex, Lysol
  • Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
  • Dish Detergent
  • Fabric Softener
  • Febreze
  • Laundry Basket
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Paper Towels
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Scrub Brush
  • Sponge

Here are some more print-friendly versions of this college packing list for both Guys and Girls.

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