8/31 | The Ultimate College Packing List

For some of you college is around the corner! It’s such an exciting new chapter. Sadly along with the good times comes some stress and chaos. If you’ve decided where you want to go then congratulations! I can imagine you all have a thousand things to worry about from what your classes are to how you’ll make new friends, so I am here to save the day! Of course at the top of your list is everything dorm! Here is a list of everything you could ever need or want for your college experience, The Ultimate College Packing List. I hope this helps you de-stress and enjoy more of your upcoming college life!

No matter how great the college life is during the day when you’ve had a long day and you’re ready to get some sleep it’s so difficult to do on hard dorm beds. Here are all the things you’ll need in order to rest, recharge, and get a good night’s sleep!

  • Comforter
  • Mattress Pad
  • 2 Sets of Twin XL Sheets
  • Twin XL Bed Skirt
  • 2 Pillows
  • Pillow Cases
  • Body Pillow
  • Throw Blanket
  • Decorative Pillows

Desk Essentials
With all your college assignments you’re bound to need a nice organized desk area ready for you to dive into your work. Here is exactly what you need to stay nice and organized through the semesters!

  • Laptop
  • Organizers
  • Planner
  • Binders
  • Calculator
  • Stapler
  • Tape
  • Post It Notes
  • White Out
  • Desk Lamp
  • Desk Chair


I have to admit I forget the most in this category. I’m more concerned about my future classes or my dorm color scheme than i am about toilet paper and shampoo. Luckily you don’t have to stress about these items because we’ve got them all listed out for you right here!

  • Toilet paper
  • Shampoo\Conditioner\ Body Wash
  • 3 Towels
  • Washcloths
  • Bath\Shower Mat
  • Hand Towels
  • Shower Caddy
  • Upgraded Shower Head (if your school allows it)
  • Shower Curtain
  • Air freshener
  • Loofa
  • Bathrobe
  • Bathroom Rug
  • Shower Shoes

Kitchen Essentials

I probably forget about these 2nd behind toiletries. Besides the basics most people get lost in trying to figure out what they think they’ll need in their dorm kitchen. Heres some basic dorm kitchen essentials you’ll love.

  • Mini Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Can Opener
  • Toaster Oven
  • 1 Pot
  • 1 Pan
  • Silverware
  • Non Breakable Dishes
  • Britta Filter Pitcher\Water Bottle
  • A Few Good Knives
  • Cutting Board
  • Pizza Cutter
  • Peeler
  • Dish Towels\Rags
  • Dishwashing liquid

Cleaning Supplies
You may under prepare for cleaning. You may not think you get too much dirty, but between the bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen you’ll need an army of cleaning supplies! Lucky for you here’s a convenient list of all the dorm cleaning product musts!

  • Rubber Gloves
  • Paper towels
  • Windex
  • Lysol
  • Ferbreez
  • Small Broom
  • Hand Held Vacuum
  • Mop
  • Bathroom Cleaner
  • All-Purpose Cleaning Spray
  • Floor Cleaner
  • Duster
  • Toilet Brush

I know college is fun and exciting and you want to look good all the time but i promise you that will get old quick. By the 5th week you sweats will be calling out to you, so answer the call. Here are some college clothing musts that every student needs to survive!

  • Shirts
  • Shorts
  • Jeans
  • Workout Clothing
  • Leggings
  • Sneakers
  • Sandals
  • Flip Flops
  • Coat
  • Rain Jacket
  • Underwear

We can’t live without them, no matter how bad we want to. Electronics run the world and we don’t care. You can’t forget all your gadgets, and theres more than you think you need! Think smart and pack too much, I bet you’ll end up needing them at one point or another. It’ better to be over prepared than under.

  • Laptop
  • Extra Phone Charger
  • BlueTooth Speaker
  • Portable  Battery Pack
  • Camera
  • Flash Drives
  • Printer
  • Headphones
  • Multi-Port USB Charger

This is one of the most fun parts. Getting to decorate your new home for a year. You get to be creative and personalize it with pieces of your style, pops of color, and tons of DIY’s! I’ve listed a few staple dorm decor pieces below, so along with them get crafty and make it yours!

  • Rug
  • Photos
  • Canvases
  • Tapestry
  • Posters
  • Lamps
  • Key Hook
  • Command Strips

Now that you’ve got your dorm filled and it feels more like home you can never forget the random items you’ll need. They don’t fit in the other categories, but they are very important. You don’t realize the random things you need on a weekly basis, and you’ll thank me for this list!

  • Board Games
  • Umbrealla
  • First Aid Kit
  • Light Bulbs
  • Extension Cords
  • Batteries
  • Flash Lights
  • Fan
  • Heater
  • Laundry Tote
  • Over The Door Hooks

Be sure to download the printable version below so that you can bring it to the store with you and check things off as you go!