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What to Pack for College

So, you’re going to college. First off, congratulations! You’re starting a journey that can possibly change your life forever. However, getting ready for college can get a little overwhelming, especially if you’re planning to study far from home.

There are many things to prepare, and you’re afraid you’ll forget something and make living at college difficult. That’s why we wrote this blog post — to make things easier for you!

We’ve made a list of what to pack for college before you ride away from home. So, keep reading!

Personal Care and Toiletries

It’s no secret that it’s essential to keep track of your health and hygiene. Here are a few things you need to help you do so:

  • Shower caddy (for all your bathroom essentials)
  • First-aid kit
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Shaving kit
  • Mouthwash
  • Comb/brush
  • Nail clippers
  • Vitamins
  • Dental floss
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Cotton swabs
  • Bathroom cleaning supplies (if you have a personal bathroom)

Everything starts with hygiene and personal care. After all, no one wants to go to campus without proper hygiene! It’s just the right recipe to not make any friends and ruin your first impressions, something that you’d like to avoid during freshman year.

School Supplies

You’re going to school, so it’s a no-brainer to bring school supplies. Just in case you’re unsure what to get, here are some must-haves for your college checklist:

  • Your personal school bags
  • Binders
  • Pens, paper, and pencils
  • Sticky notes
  • Markers
  • White-out
  • Hole puncher
  • Index cards
  • Calculator
  • School planner or calendar
  • Stapler and staples
  • Highlighters
  • Scissors
  • Notebooks

Legal Documents

Of course, you need to have legal documents by your side in case of an emergency. Now that you’re living away from your parents or legal guardians, it’s important to have the following documents and information on hand:

  • Car registration and insurance
  • Driver’s license
  • Student ID
  • Debit and credit cards
  • Social Security card
  • Financial aid forms
  • Health insurance card and documents
  • List of emergency contacts

Linens and Laundry Supplies

Aside from personal hygiene, you also want your bed to look great. You never know who’s visiting your place, and you’ll want to be a gracious host. It all starts with clean clothes and space. Here are some things you need to have:

  • Pillows
  • Towels for your bath, hands, and face
  • Bedspread and comforter
  • Mattress, if not provided
  • Sheets and pillowcases
  • Clothes hangers
  • Laundry bag and basket
  • Laundry essentials, including detergent, stain remover, and fabric softener

Electronics and Equipment

Lastly, you’ll want to include some electronics on your what-to-pack-for-college list. While everything boils down to preferences, these machines make your work, studies, and life more manageable. Bring these things with you to college:

  • Laptop
  • Cords (such as HDMI and Ethernet)
  • Camera
  • Smartphone
  • Extension wires
  • MP3 player
  • Headphones
  • Surge protector

Final Thoughts

That’s it for your list of what to pack for college! While we’re confident this covers everything you’ll need, we still recommend going through your stuff and determining what else you need to pack. You can use our checklist as a reference and add some things of your own.

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