College, What to pack?
Personal Supplies to Take to College

You need lists of the personal supplies to take to college:

  • Clothing

  • Cleaning Supplies

  • Personal, non-clothing items



  • TIP: As you try to organize your personal supplies to take to college: take only what you can fit inside your car, and in the trunk.



    For lists and suggestions for furnishing dorm rooms and apartments, check out our pages on living in dorms and apartments.


    Clothes/Your wardrobe:

    Clothes for all weather.

    • Heavy jacket or coat

    • Light jacket or coat

    • Sweaters, shirts, knit tops, blouses

    • Sweatshirts (not too many, you'll want to buy the ones with the name of your college on the front

    • Underwear: The more you take, the less laundry you have to do

    • Socks (Same as above)

    • Jeans- several pairs

    • Slacks

    • Umbrella, and raincoat

    • Jewelry

    • Assortment of shoes, boots, flip flops, sneakers, and boots if applicable

    • Extreme weather gear if you will be where there is ice and snow

    • About three good outfits

    • Some oddball clothes if you have them: vintage costumes, or clothes for a theme party such as 60s day, or the like


    Personal Supplies to Take to College - Cleaning Items!
    Sad, but true.

  • Cleaning supplies

    • Laundry bag or basket

    • Soap, bleach, fabric softener

    • Rolls of quarters for washer and dryer

    • Disinfectant wipes: If you share a toilet with others, wipe it down before you use it. Some very nasty germs stay alive for hours, including several in the Hepatitis family.

    • Dust cloths
  • Tool kit containing basics such as a hammer, screwdriver and pliers

  • Supplies to take to college: personal items

  • Wallet

  • Social Security Card - be careful with your number. By law, only the U.S. Government, your employer, and financial institutions have the legal right to require that you furnish the number, so you can decide if you want to use it as your I.D. number in college, or whether you want to get a different I.D. number. I recommend NOT using your Social Security number unless it is required by law.

  • Medications and a copy of the prescriptions. (Better yet, fill it at home with a pharmacy that has branches in your college town,)

  • Copy of eye glasses and contact lens prescriptions

  • Pictures of home and friends, family

  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste

  • Hairdryer

  • Hair-Care Products

  • Makeup, supplies, lotions, sunblock

  • Shaving items

  • Towels

  • Hangers

  • Deodorant

  • Plastic bucket or shower caddy for carrying all these things to shared bathrooms

  • Hobby items: Sports equipment, exercise equipment, art supplies, musical instruments (Drums are usually frowned on.)

  • Cameras

  • Computer, printer, cell phone, iPod/Walkman and headphones

  • Calculator

  • Alarm Clock

  • Stuffed animals

  • Iron and extension cord. (Our recommendation is to buy an iron that automatically shuts off after a few minutes of non-use.)
  • Bedding"

    • Sheets: Take at least two sets, and call the dorms to find out matress sizes

    • Pillows, including extra to toss on bed for lounging

    • Blankets

    • Bedspread (may want to coordinate with roommate)
  • Towels, washcloth, bathrobe

  • Bike

  • Glasses and a couple of dishes
  • Chances are you can buy the things you need for less money at home, where you know the stores, and their prices. Think Wal-Mart, Target, Penneys, Cosco, Rite-Aid, Walgreen's.


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