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College Countdown: Basic College Packing List

In this list I'm not going to go over every single thing.  Throughout this week I will do separate posts on Clothing and Makeup etc.  On Saturday of this week I will post a concise version of this including everything mentioned.  For now I would just like to go over basics such as kitchen items, "school supplies" and other items you may not have thought of!

These are basics that you might need if you are in a dorm and do not necessarily have a kitchen.  I will have a sink, so it will be doable for me to wash dishes as needed.  If you do not have a sink you might consider buying disposable silverware and dishes so you won't have to wash them in the bathroom.
  • Plastic Bowls
  • Plastic Cups
  • Tumblers or Reusable Water Bottles - I recommend this regardless of if you have a sink.
  • Brita Pitcher - The water will probably be different from what you are used to, and this will make the transition easier
  • Ice Cube Trays
  • Plastic Ice Cubes - If the water is just too gross or you don't want your drink watered down.
  • Forks and Spoons 
  • Kitchen Knife
  • Paper Plates - I am bringing reusable dishes, except for plates.  Paper plates are cheap, easy, and you probably won't even go through a pack in a year
  • Travel Mug - For hot drinks
  • Mug(s) - Just not too many!
  • Tupperware - Not a ton, just a few small containers
  • Chip Clips
  • Ziplock Bags
  • Paper Towels
  • Dish Detergent - Very small travel bottle
  • Dish Towels

  • Trash Bags
  • Trashcan
  • Swifter Duster/Dusting Cloths - You might not use them often, but you will really appreciate it when you need them!
  • Broom and Dust Pan
  • Vacuum Cleaner - Ok, this one I'm kind of on the fence about... I kind of wish I had one because our rug is pretty gross, but to a certain degree it also seems impractical. I don't know! 
  • Lysol - What if your roommate gets sick??
  • Fabreze - Dorm rooms stink...
  • Clorox Wipes
  • Windex - If you have a mirror in your room

  • Laundry Bag/Hamper
  • Laundry Detergent - I suggest the pods if you don't have an in room washer
  • Fabric Softener/Dryer Sheets
  • Stain Stick - Must have!
  • Scarf Hangers 
  • Hangers - Like I've said before, many people reccommend the thin felt hangers, but I just use the cheap plastic ones and completely happy with it!
  • Sewing Kit
  • Safety Pins
  • Wrinkle Removing Spray - Who needs an iron when you can just spray your clothes and let the wrinkles fall out!
  • Tide-to-Go Pen

Keep in mind that I am absolutely NOT a doctor, these are just my reccomendations.  Check with your personaly doctor before taking any type of medication
  • Bandaids
  • Ear Plugs - In case your roommate snores
  • Medicine
    • Ibuprofen - Or your favorite type of legal over the counter pain killer
    • Cold Meds
    • Prescription Meds
  • Neosporin
  • Hydrocortisone Cream
  • Cough Drops
  • Vitamins
  • First Aid Kit - Could be a basic one like one from Walmart, or a intense homemade one like mine!
  • Heating Pad - Because cramps are a....
  • Pads and Tampons
  • Bug Spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Aloe

  • Sheets
  • Mattress Cover - Like, bedbug protector
  • Mattress Pad - Because dorm beds are incredibly uncomfortable
  • Comforter Set
  • Throw Pillows - But not too many, they begin to get on your neves when there are too many
  • Pillow
  • Stuffed Animal - Once again, limit yourself!
  • Throw Blanket 
  • Bedside Caddy - In case you don't have a bedside table

  • Backpack
  • School Supplies - All of these are just suggestions, it isn't like elementry school, this isn't a must buy supply list, just feel it out and see what you think you need.  I'll mark the things I highly suggest with a *
    • Pens*
    • Pencils*
    • Pencil Sharpener
    • Highlighters*
    • Sharpies
    • Stapler/Staples*
    • Tape
    • Scissors
    • Notecards*
    • Paper Clips
    • Notebooks*
    • Loose Leaf Paper
    • Composition Books
    • File Folders
    • Binders
    • Flash Drive
    • Blank Cards/Thank You Cards
    • Envelopes
    • Stamps

  • Organizer Baskets - To keep your desk and drawers all pretty!
  • Letter Organizer
  • Pencil Cups
  • Desk Lamp
  • Desk Fan
  • Planner/Planner Stickers
  • Washi Tape - To decorate EVERYTHING! Especially your planner!
  • Post it Notes - I love these... So so much
  • Books - Don't bring a ton of books, I promise you won't spend that much time reading!

  • Journal
  • Bible - This one is necessary though!
  • Devotional
  • Pleasure Reading
  • Textbooks

    • Phone Charging cord
    • External Power Bank/Power Bank Charging cord
    • Laptop/Laptop Charging cord
    • Earbuds
    • Power Strip(s) - Bring MANY of these!  But check your schools restrictions on the number of outlets they are alowed to have and things like that
    • Batteries
    • Flashlight
    • Camera
    • SD Card Converter - To transfer pictures from your camera to your laptop!
    • FitBit/Charging cord
    • TV/DVD Player
    • DVDs - Just not too many

    Room Essentials/Decor
    • Rug
    • Mini Fridge
    • Microwave
    • Under Bed Storage Bins
    • Plastic Three Drawer Sets - These are a life saver, believe me
    • Command Hooks and Strips/Mounting Putty - Buy more than you think you'll need, because you will use them like crazy
    • Bed Risers - I brought them, but decided not to use them.  To each his own
    • Ottoman
    • Step Stool - This is neccessary if you are short like me and have your bed lofted or have a high closet
    • Over-the-door Hooks
    • Big Fan - Especially if you have no air conditioning
    • Full Length Mirror
    • Pictures - Of family, friends, and important memories that you want to hang on your walls, don't bring too many though!
    • Posters/Canvases  - And make sure they are hangable, becuase mine keep falling off the walls...
    • Cork Board/Push Pins
    • Whiteboard/Markers
    • String Lights
    • Plants - Not too many, and preferably things like cacti and succulents that will be ok when you forget to water them... because you will forget


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