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What to pack for Freshman year of College

About a year ago, I was preparing to move into my freshman dorm my first year of college. I looked at one to many Pinterest lists of “Things to pack”. There were definitely things on one list that the other was forgetting and things on that list that weren’t on this one. Needless to say, I never ended up finding one list the exclusively told me everything I would need to pack. Being the perfectionist that I am (and I guess being slightly OCD), I put together my own list. I couldn’t possibly deal with looking in several different places to know what I needed. I needed my list to be organized and inclusive of everything that all the other lists were forgetting.

Needless to say, here was my freshman year college checklist. I promise, I didn’t forget anything that I needed.

For school supplies…

  • Backpack
  • Calculator
    • Batteries for it
  • Pencil erasers
  • Planner or agenda
  • Folders
  • Glue sticks
  • Markers
  • Sharpies
  • Expo markers
  • Notebooks
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Ruler
  • Duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
    • Staples
    • Stapler remover
  • Paper clips
  • Binder clips
  • Elastics
  • Post its
  • Index cards
  • Index card holder
  • Textbooks
  • Hole puncher
  • Whiteout
  • Tape dispenser
    • Tape to refill
  • Journal
  • Safety pins
  • Envelopes
  • Stamps
  • Tacks

For hygiene and beauty…

  • Bath robe
  • Conditioner
  • Shampoo
  • Q-tips
  • Dental floss
  • Deodorant
  • Hair brush
  • Blow dryer
  • Bobby pins
  • Hair elastics
  • Curling iron
  • Feminine products
  • Face wash
  • Lotion
  • Hair spray
  • Mousse
  • Mirror
  • Nail polish
  • Nail polish remover
  • Body soap
  • Bath scrubby
  • Shower caddy
  • Cleaning wipes
  • Makeup
    • Lip gloss
    • Chap-stick
    • Abreva (if you get cold sores)
    • Mascara
      • I don’t really wear much for makeup so your list may be longer here
  • Cotton balls
  • Nail clipper
  • Nail file
  • Shaver
    • Razor refills
  • Shower shoes
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Shower towels (approximately 4)
  • Pool towel

For the dorm room…

  • Bedding
    • Blanket
    • Comforter
    • Mattress pad
    • Mattress protector
    • 2 pillows
    • Body pillow
    • XL sheets
  • Rug
  • Vacuum
  • Desk lamp
  • Step stool
  • Bedside caddy
  • Shoe hanger
  • Under bed storage (for clothes and food)
  • Febreeze
  • Fan
  • Hangers
  • Picture frames
    • And photos
  • Wall calendar
  • Bulletin board
  • Storage trays (for inside your desk drawers)
  • Waste basket
    • Trash bags
  • Safe with a lock
    • The keys to the lock
  • Cork board

For kitchen type needs…

  • Bottle/ can opener
  • Disposable plates
  • Disposable silverware
  • Microwave
  • Mini-fridge
  • Coffee maker
  • Food storage
  • Refusable plates, bowls, utensils
  • Plastic cups
  • Reusable water bottle or jug
  • Zipbloc bags
  • Water filter (I ended up returning mine but I know people that used theirs often)
  • Paper towels
  • Sponge
  • Dish soap

For laundry needs…

  • Hamper
  • Detergent
  • Dryer sheets
  • Fabric softener
  • Instant stain remover
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Lint roller

For electronics & fun…

  • Cell phone
    • Charger
  • Camera
    • Charger
  • Headphones
  • Laptop
    • Charger
    • Anti-virus
    • Flash drive
    • Netflix
    • External hard drive for back up
      • Cords
  • Portable phone charger
  • Music speaker
    • Charger
  • 2 5 plug power strips
  • Tv
    • Cords
    • Remote
      • Batteries
  • Games (board games or tv games/consoles)
  • Wall adapters
  • 2 Extension cords

For health…

  • Band-aids
  • Cough drops
  • Tissues
  • First aid kit
  • Sewing kit
  • Tool kit
    • Mainly a screwdriver
  • Neosporin
  • Nyquil/ Dayquil (I never ended up needing this but my cousin swore by it)
  • As well as cough medicine
  • Prescription medications
  • Claritin D (or allergy medication)
  • Purell
  • Sunscreen
  • Vitamins

For other miscellaneous things…

  • Join Amazon student (but be sure to un sign up after 6 months or you will get charge for it)
  • Batteries (especially AA)
  • Ear plugs (I never got these and just used my headphones instead)
  • Umbrella
  • Command strip hooks
  • Extra hold command strips
  • Duffle bag
  • Flashlight
    • Batteries
  • Decorations
    • Lights
    • Posters
    • Paintings
    • Pictures
    • Etc
  • Pepper spray
  • Bed desk
  • Gym membership money

For clothes and accessories…

  • Casual clothes
    • Jeans
    • T-shirts
    • Shorts
    • Long sleeve shirts
  • Formal clothes
    • Skirts
    • Dresses
    • Cardigans
  • Swim wear
    • Bikini
    • Cover-ups
  • Gym clothes
    • Sports bras
    • Athletic shorts
    • Spandex
    • Yoga pants
      • Cropped
      • Leggings
      • Shorts
      • Regular
  • Winter boots
  • Winter jacket
  • Dress up jacket
  • Sweatshirts
  • Jewelry
  • Pj’s
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Bras
  • Hats (winter and regular caps)
  • Gloves
  • Scarves
  • Rain coat
  • Rain boots
  • Shoes
    • Dress shoes
      • Heels
      • Flats
    • Sneakers
    • Sandals
    • Flip flops
  • Sunglasses
  • Wallet
  • Watch

For documents…

  • Copies of important documents
  • Driver’s license or state ID
  • Health records
  • Insurance information
  • Social security number
  • Student ID
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