College First Year Packing List

A list of items I consider essential for starting out in college


  • alarm clock - battery powered, won't have to worry about power outages
  • 2 sets sheets
  • 2 blankets
  • mattress cover
  • slippers


  • 2 washcloths
  • towel
  • hand towel
  • basic toiletries
  • shower flip-flops
  • minimal medicines (ibuprofen, tylenol, etc)

note: buy consumables once you get there

School Supplies

  • 1 3-ring binder
  • stapler
  • 3-hole punch
  • ruler
  • desk lamp
  • calendar
  • surge protector
  • knapsack/bookbag
  • calculators (including a non-graphing for classes that prohibit them)
  • envelopes and stamps


  • your basics that are obvious, just don't overdo it
  • pajamas
  • raincoat
  • broad-brimmed hat
  • sunglasses
  • clothes hangers
  • small sewing/repair kit
  • laundry bag - I like one for lights, one for darks
  • hanger for your kilt (I'll send you one of my extras w/ speakers)


  • tool kit
  • velcro trouser straps
  • nylon straps to tie down large items to your rack


  • checkbook - get one if you don't yet have one
  • a couple of sets of plates, flatware, cups, mugs
  • water bottle
  • headlamp
  • room decorations (photos, houseplant, etc.)
  • portable radio
  • massive 36-inch speakers and 5000W sound system

things to find out if will be provided /shared with housemates

  • phone
  • cookware

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