Genius checklist that college kids (and their parents!) should look at before heading to college

Make sure you have everything you need for your first year at college. This Checklist is just suggestions; please amend list to suit your own situation.

To save packing or shipping, it may be sensible to purchase some of these items after you arrive. Try to pack for one season at a time and bring others when you go home during breaks.
Room Needs/Storage
  • Bedside lamp
  • Mini trash can
  • Desk lamp
  • Fan

Linens/Laundry Supplies

  • Sheets and pillowcases (2 sets. Check with college for size needed — some college twin beds are extra long.)
  • Towels (3 each of bath, hand and face)
  • Pillows (2)
  • Mattress pad (check with college for size needed)
  • Blankets (2)
  • Comforter/bedspread
  • Clothes hangers
  • Laundry bag/basket
  • Laundry detergent, fabric softener and stain remover
  • Lint brush

Office/Desk Supplies

  • Electronic storage media such as memory cards and USB flash drives
  • Stapler and staples
  • Printer paper (if you decide to bring a printer)
  • Pens and pencils
  • Pencil holder and sharpener
  • Notebooks
  • Folder with pockets
  • Labels of various sizes
  • 3 × 5 index cards
  • Sticky notes
  • Paper clips and binder clips
  • Rubber bands
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Highlighter pens (multiple colors)
  • Ruler
  • Stackable desk trays (at least 4)
  • Stamps and envelopes

Electronics

  • Laptop (printer is optional; there are usually computer labs where you can print)
  • Portable speakers (if you want to play music from laptop/MP3 player)
  • HDMI cord, Ethernet cord for computer (check if your room has wireless)
  • Surge protector
  • Extension cords
  • 3-2 prong adapters
  • Headphones
  • Cell phone

Shared Items — Check with roommate(s)

  • Audio equipment
  • TV
  • Coffeemaker
  • Area rug

Toiletries

  •         You can buy as needed when you arrive at College

 

Clothing

  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Pants/jeans
  • Shirts/blouses
  • Sweats
  • Pajamas
  • Slippers and/or flip-flops
  • Sweaters
  • Light/heavy jackets
  • Gloves/scarf/hat (and other foul-weather gear as needed)
  • 1 pair of boots
  • 2 pairs of sneakers or comfortable/walking shoes
  • 1 set of business-casual clothes
  • 1 pair of dress shoes
  • 1 swimsuit

Miscellaneous

  • Umbrella
  • Backpack
  • Sports equipment