The Ultimate College Packing List

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While packing and buying things for college may seem straightforward it can often be an overwhelming part of getting ready for college. It’s hard to think of everything you will need, after all, it’s a new experience and you don’t know exactly what to prepare for. That’s why I have created the ultimate college packing list so you get organized and be prepared.

Whether you’re a freshman or a returning college student some essentials will make college life easier and more comfortable. When life is easier you are less stressed and a better student. I want you to be the best student you can be so you can focus on your classes and get through college as quickly as possible. I also want you to enjoy your college experience as it only lasts for a short time.

Being Prepared For College

Everyone’s living situation will be different. Depending on your choice of college, you may have a few options to choose from. However, no matter where you end up, in a dorm, an apartment, a house with roommates, at home, or with a family member there will be certain items you won’t want to live without.

Living at home or with a family member is one of the biggest money savers while you’re in college. Also, your living situation can affect your learning situation. These are important factors to consider.

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Create A Checklist Of Items You Will Need

Having a physical checklist is an effective way to pack for college. It can help you stay organized throughout the packing process, and it will ensure you don’t forget anything. It makes delegating easier too. If you have family members that are helping you buy items, you can divvy up part of the checklist so they know exactly what to get and there aren’t any duplicates.

The Ultimate College Packing List

Download and look over the Your College Sensei packing list for all the essential items college students need. Remember these are just suggestions. Each student will have their own specific needs and preferences for their specific living arrangement.

I’ve broken down what college students need the most into 9 categories. If you are living in a dorm, be sure to check if there are any restrictions. Dorms are notorious for having strict policies about what you are allowed and not allowed to have in your room.

I’m all about saving money. Buy only what you need. If you’re not sure, wait and see if you need it. You don’t want to have a bunch of items you’re not going to use taking up space. Also, if you’re living with roommates or at home there will be some items that can be shared or you may already have.

  • Studying Essentials
  • Bedroom and Bath
  • Storage and Organization
  • Backpack Essentials
  • Study Space
  • Personal Items
  • Cleaning
  • Kitchen
  • Optional Extras

Starting college is a crazy mixture of excitement, stress, challenge, and exhaustion. However, it’s so rewarding. A little preparation and planning can go a long way to reduce anxiety and simplify the process.

Don’t forget, 15 Items Every Student Should Have In Their Backpack. Having everything you need with you and at your fingertips will save you time and money. You’ll always be prepared for whatever is required and needed daily.