The Only College Packing List You Need


So you’ve decided to go to college, congratulations!

Whether it’s just your local community college, or a state or even private university, that is an achievement you should be proud of!

Now if you are moving out of your house and into a dorm or a new apartment, you must be wondering, what exactly do I bring? 

What do you ACTUALLY need and will use?

As someone that’s graduated from college pretty recently, I pride myself in knowing the in and out of what your college necessities are. And I made them into a list for you along with some personal recommendations. Pretty cool, huh?

I also created a printable version of this list so if you are not a fan of shopping online like I am, you can always print it out and take it with you to a local store.  


Before we begin…

Many of my recommendations are from Amazon, because who doesn’t love Amazon. Now, as a student, you can get Amazon Prime for 50% OFF, that’s only about $6 a month! Trust me, that is the first thing that I did when I became a college student, that and Spotify of course.

If you click the image below you can sign up for a Student account on Amazon Prime.



If you do decide to shop online, don’t leave money on the table, that is the number one tip I can give you. When you shop online, there are tons of ways to save money not just by shopping on sale. One of those ways is by using Ebates.

Ebates offers cashback by using their website to find the site you want to shop at and going through the link they provide you. The amount of cashback you can earn ranges from 1% to sometimes even 15%! It’s saved me a lot of money in the past.

If you use my link to sign up and make a purchase online, you will receive $10 completely free! They deposit the money into your PayPal account or send it by mail. It’s awesome.


The Ultimate College Packing List



  • Bedding
  • Mattress Topper
  • Pillows
  • Blanket
  • Mattress Protector



  • Towels
  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Q-tips
  • Cotton Rounds
  • Razors
  • Bodywash
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Tweezers/Nail Clippers
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Bath Robe
  • Shower Caddy
  • Flip Flops




  • Power Strip
  • Extension Cord
  • Lamp
  • Laptop
  • Printer
  • Wifi Router
  • Speaker
  • TV
  • Headphones



  • Mini Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Keurig
  • Tupperware
  • Blender/NutriBullet
  • Reusable Water Bottle
  • Coffee Mug
  • Ziploc Bags
  • Toaster
  • Clorox Wipes
  • Paper Towels
  • Trash Can
  • Plates
  • Cups
  • Cutlery
  • Pots/Pans
  • Kitchen Accessories



  • Bike lock
  • Umbrella
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Lint Roller


  • Push Pins
  • White/Cork Board
  • Command Strips
  • Hangers
  • Storage Bins
  • Laundry Basket
  • Shoe Rack



  • Full-Length Mirror
  • Makeup Mirror
  • Fairy Lights

School Supplies:

  • Notebooks
  • Binder
  • Loose Leaf Paper
  • Backpack
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Stapler
  • Print Paper
  • Highlighters
  • Index Cards
  • Calendar Planner
  • Calculator


First Aid:

  • Pain Killers
  • Bandaids
  • Vitamins and Supplements
  • Allergy Medication


Hopefully, this list provides you some insight into what you should be bringing with you to college. You can modify this list based on your personal preference, but this college packing list has all that you will need.