College Shopping & Packing List

A college packing list is nothing new; they’re all over the internet. I myself have spent countless hours looking through the ones on Pinterest and blogs. When it came time to go shopping, I couldn’t pick just one list to follow so, I made my own. It might be too thorough for some but I don’t want to risk forgetting anything. Of course, lists aren’t for everyone but they certainly are helpful, even if just looked over and not used. Last year, when one of my friends was moving in she didn’t make a list then forgot all of her makeup so, her parents had to drive over an hour home and over an hour back to get it for her. I hope to avoid any situations like that so, a list is a necessity for me. Here’s the list I used for college shopping and will use for packing! Happy shopping!

Green, italicized items should be discussed with your roommate to see who will bring it

For more information on the items listed, including why I chose them and where to get them, and for more items that I’ll be bringing to college see my blog post “Dorm Haul”:


  • Bed Pillows
  • Pillow Cases
  • Accent Pillows
  • Throw Blanket
  • Sheet Set (One cotton, polyester or any other material, one flannel for colder months)
  • Duvet
  • Duvet Cover
  • Blanket for Bed
  • Backrest Pillow
  • Mattress Topper
  • Bedside Caddy
  • Bed Clip Light


  • Cups (4)
  • Plates (4)
  • Bowls (3)
  • Forks
  • Spoons
  • Knives
  • Brita Water Pitcher  (the one pictured below)
  • Can Opener
  • Tupperware (for food)
  • Plastic Water Bottles
  • Travel Mug (I don’t drink coffee but I do enjoy warm apple cider and hot cocoa)
  • Ziplock Bags




  • Towels (6)
  • Wash Cloths (2 packs of 6)
  • Hair Towel
  • Flip Flops for Shower
  • Shower Caddy
  • Robe
  • Shower Puff
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body Soap
  • Face Soap
  • Razor





  • First Aid Kit
  • Screw Driver
  • Advil
  • Flashlight
  • Sewing Kit
  • Thermometer


    First aid kit I’ll be bringing with me

Room Decor


This section is extra detailed because I would hate to forget anything in this area



  • Black Pens
  • Blue Pens
  • Red Pens
  • Mechanical Pencils
  • Wooden Pencils
  • Erasers
  • White Out
  • Highlighters
  • Notebooks
  • Folders
  • Colorful Pens
  • Pencil Bag
  • Sharpies
  • Calculator
  • Calculator Charger
  • Loose Leaf Paper
  • Computer Paper
  • Binder
  • Binder Divider Tabs
  • Planner
  • Book Bag

Personal Care/Toiletries

Move In Day

  • Trash Bags
  • Screw Driver
  • Small Cooler (for snacks and water bottles)


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