List of Must-Haves For College Students

List of Must-Haves For College Students – Preparing for college can feel like a daunting experience. It is a transit to a new facet of life where the initial style of life changes to a more rigid and structured pattern. 

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This preparation requires a multifaceted approach since it has to do with different challenges faced by students. 

Even though these unending challenges can look like a big mountain, all you need to do is: Slow down and breathe deeply because you can do this! 

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One of the best ways to tackle the seemingly endless list of things you need to do to prepare is to break them into manageable categories and focus on one chunk at a time.

Use this checklist to make sure you have everything you need for your first year at college. 

These are just suggestions; you should adapt this list to suit your situation. 

Looking at Clothes and Laundry

When it comes to laundry, most students dread the thought of doing it, whether it be loading and unloading hampers or folding clothes afterward.

 While we can agree that doing laundry isn’t the most exciting thing you’ll experience in college, it’s a necessary one. 

Your dorm room storage probably isn’t the biggest, so instead of wishing you had a little more closet space for your garments, think about investing in a clothing rack! 

They’re a great way to display your most loved pieces of clothing while also helping to keep everything organized. 

While most students don’t usually pay much mind to the brand of detergent they use, it maintains a great balance between thoroughly washing and maintaining the structural integrity of your clothes. 

Investing in a good detergent pays off when your clothes last much longer than they would’ve used a harsher formula. 

These, along with other items listed below, can help you gain a greater appreciation for caring for your clothes—a habit that will serve you well beyond your first year in 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. 

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 the college for size needed), Blankets (2), Comforter/bedspread, Clothes hangers, Laundry bag/basket, Laundry detergent, fabric softener, and stain remover, Lint brush, Mini sewing kit. 

Looking at School Supplies

Set yourself up for success in your classes with some office essentials. 

Regardless of whether or not you’re a STEM major, chances are you’ll probably need a calculator at some point in college. 

While your laptop works just fine for taking notes, studies have shown that writing notes by hand can improve your understanding of the content and help retain information.

 Grabbing a pack of writing pads is a solid investment, especially in classes that require revisiting notes often. 

Pages are also easy to pull out and don’t snag on other things in your backpack like those pesky spiral notebooks from high school. 

Classes will be hard to adjust to, especially for freshmen, but it’s the little things like supplies that make learning a lot more easy and enjoyable.

A sturdy backpack or book bag for everyday use, computer, and any necessary supplies/accessories.

 Some schools also offer great discounts on or provide computers, printers, and other electronic necessities, Calendar or planner, Pens, Paper, Pencils, Notebooks, Binders, Paperclips, Tablets, Sticky notes, Highlighters,  Ruler, Calculator, Stapler, Earphones, Extension cord, Envelopes, Stamps, Markers, Computer Mouse, Desk Storage, Index Cards, Pencil, Sharpener, Whiteout, Scissors, Tape, Hole punch, Printer paper. 

Looking At Room Needs

Bedside lamp, Alarm clock/clock radio, Mini trash can, Storage bins, Under-the-bed storage trays, Desk lamp, Fan, Drying rack for laundry, Bulletin board, and pushpins, Dry-erase wall calendar/board, Mini toolkit (including a screwdriver, hammer, wrench), Picture hangers (double-sided tape for concrete walls).

Household and Kitchen Items

Paper towels, Trash bags, Lightbulbs, All-purpose cleaner, Plastic storage bags,  Food-storage containers, Dish soap, Wet wipes, Tissues, bowls, plates and cups, Coffee mug, Water bottle, Silverware, Can/bottle opener. 

Looking At Electronics and Equipment. 

While a laptop and a good Internet connection are important, they are now more essential to succeeding in college than ever. 

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Especially with many universities transitioning to online learning for the upcoming school year, it’s important to have a device that can keep you connected to your virtual classrooms.  

Between your phone, laptop, and other electronics, two outlets may not be enough to keep everything charged and ready to use when you need it.

 In times like these, you may find yourself in need of a power strip. They can also be useful for cords that just don’t seem to be long enough to reach your desk or bed.

 A quality headset is important for online lectures, as you won’t get distracted by white noise and other hindrances that are bound to happen when living in a college dorm. 

A mouse is another great investment that can save your wrist the pain of using a trackpad all the time.

 Remember: wireless is the way to go! 

While these should be on your dorm room packing list, here are a few other things that can help your next school year run smoothly.

Laptop (printer is optional; there are usually computer labs where you can print)

Portable speakers (if you want to play music froma laptop/MP3 player)

HDMI cord, Ethernet cord for computer (check if your room has wireless)

Surge protector, Extension cords, 3-2 prong adapters, MP3 player, Headphones, Camera, Cell Phone.

Looking At Food and Snacks

Your dorm room is probably going to provide a less than satisfactory kitchen area if any at all. 

There are lots of great add-ons you can bring to make cooking much more feasible. 

If you’re not already into coffee, midterms week might change your mind. Keeping some at hand at all times may be what gets you through a homework marathon or a long night of cramming before an exam. 

If you’re feeling fancy, you can even bring a milk frother to level up your morning fix. 

Grabbing a box of individually packaged snacks is great for eating in between classes, especially when you don’t have a gap for lunch. 

Although your dorm’s kitchen may not feel like the one at home, don’t let it deter you from making healthy meals for yourself. There are lots of options that are easy to use and convenient to store!

Small rrefrigeratorsare also needed. During the first week of school, schools may have refrigerators and microwaves to rent or buy.

Microwave, hot plate, coffee maker, etc. 

Check first–many schools have especially strict safety regulations about these items. Also, find out what communal kitchen space may be available

Plastic cups, Microwave-safe bowls, Food storage containers, Coffee mug, Water bottle, Dish soap, Scrubber, Small dish towel, Foil, Napkins,  Disposable forks, and spoons,  Can Opener, Oven mitt, Pot & Pan, Ziplock bags, Popcorn, Chips, Sodas, Bottled water,  Cereal, Granola bars, Soup,  Condiments, Juice boxes, Peanut butter & jelly,  Sandwich meat, Bread, Fruit snacks. 

Looking At Toiletries

Antacid, Aspirin or other pain relievers, Vitamins, Antidiarrheal medicine, Adhesive bandages, antibiotic ointment, Cough drops, Shower caddy, Shower shoes (flip-flops), Shampoo and conditioner, Hairstyling products, Bath and face soap, Travel soap container(s), Toothpaste, and toothbrush

 Dental floss, Comb/brush,  Tweezers, Nail clippers, Hair Dryer/straightener/curling iron, Razor and shaving cream, Lotion and/or facial,  moisturizer, Cotton swabs. 


 The List of must-haves can not be quantified but we need to make sure that what gives us comfort and strength is our list. 

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