My Packing List for College

Hi everyone! I have been busy getting everything ready for move in (which is actually tomorrow) and I wanted to share my packing list for college!  Last summer I was busy trying to find things for my dorm room. I kept searching and searching different blogs and pins on pinterest to try to make sure that I had everything that I would need. This year is very relaxed since I have pretty much everything already. I want to make it easier for everyone going to college in the fall and share my packing list of everything that I brought with me to college. I’m also going to share tips for move-in at the bottom of this post.

*I will be posting a dorm room tour soon! 🙂

Here’s my packing list:


  • Fan
  • Command Hooks
  • Mirror
  • Bedding
  • Pillows
  • Butterfly chair
  • Laundry basket
  • Hanging t-shirt/shoe closet organizer
  • Plastic storage cubes
  • Desk lamp and/or floor lamp
  • TV
  • DVD player

Room decorations-

  • Smal pillows
  • Picture frames
  • Pictures
  • Printed out quotes
  • Small wipeboard
  • Wipeboard calendar with dry erase markers
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Command strips


  • Detergent
  • Dryer sheets
  • Laundry basket
  • Clothe bag for dirty clothes

Kitchen/food items-

  • Mini-fridge
  • Microwave
  • Plastic containers
  • Filtered water pitcher
  • Utensils
  • Plates
  • Cups
  • Bowls
  • Paper towels
  • Dish washing soap
  • Dish washing clothes
  • Towel to dry dishes
  • Tub for dishes (easier for carrying dishes to wash them)
  • Small trash can
  • Small trash bags


  • Shower caddy
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Moisturizer
  • Face wash
  • Liquid shower soap
  • Razor
  • Feminine products
  • 4-6 wash clothes
  • 4 towels
  • Hair bands
  • Head bands
  • Bobby pins
  • Deodorant
  • Tooth paste
  • Tooth brush
  • Nail clippers
  • Tweezers
  • Shower flip flops
  • Makeup
  • Jewelry
  • Hair brush
  • Contacts/glasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Hair straightener
  • Hair dryer
  • Curling wand


  • Backpack
  • Laptop
  • Notebooks/binders
  • Pencils/pens
  • Highlighters
  • Post-it notes



  • T-shirts
  • Tank tops
  • Exercise clothes
  • Jeans
  • Sweatshirts
  • Shirts
  • Sweatpants
  • Underwear/socks
  • Pajamas
  • Swim suit
  • Sweaters


  • Sandals
  • Flats
  • Boots
  • Running shoes
  • Flip flops


  • Phone
  • Phone charger
  • Ear bud
  • Laptop
  • Laptop charger
  • Portable charger


  • Umbrella
  • Vitamins
  • Box of tissues
  • Ibuprofen/Advil
  • Bandaids
  • Book to read for fun
  • Movies
  • Running watch



  1. If you know you will be home before it starts getting colder, don’t pack all of your clothes. This frees up some space when taking everything to college and it frees up space in your dorm room.
  2. Keep any clothes in you closet at home on their hangers. Take a garbage pack and put it around the clothes (so just the hangers are visible at the top) so its easier to put away in your dorm room.
  3. Print out inspiration quotes and tape them to your walls. This is an inexpensive way to make your room feel more like home and can help improve your mood during the school year!
  4. If you don’t have a lot of clothes to hang up in your closet, buy hanging t-shirt or shoe organizers and put them in your closet. Its a great way to use up the extra storage in your closet.
  5. Pack your items in laundry baskets from home, this makes it easier to carry everything up to your dorm room.
  6. Don’t worry about organizing your whole dorm on move-in day. Move-in day can be stressful and you have plenty of time to organize/decorate your room in the days after move-in.



I hope this list and tips help you when you move it to college!



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