The Ultimate College Packing List

On Saturday I promised you the ultimate college packing list, so here it is. After looking at every list on Pinterest, blogs, tumblr, and interviewing friends in college this is the list I'm using to pack for college in three weeks. It's pretty long so let's get started.


  • Two Pillows
  • Comforter
  • Two blankets
  • Sheet set
  • Mattress pad/mattress protector
  • Booklight
  • Slippers
  • Ear plugs
  • Decorative pillow
  • Backrest Pillow


  • String Lights
  • Two Boards/frames for pictures
  • First Name Initial "A" - (Look at this post to see what I'm talking about)
  • Door Mirror
  • Desk Lamp
  • Desk Organizer
  • Posters


  • Food Storage (Something that will go under the bed is best)
  • Seat Storage
  • Hangers
  • Shoe Organizer
  • Stand alone organizer (Look at this post to see what I'm talking about)
  • Laundry Bag


  • Laptop/Charger
  • Laptop Case
  • Internet Cord (If your dorm doesn't have wifi - mine doesn't)
  • Lilly Pulitzer Flashdrive (It's a keychain also which is very convient)
  • Computer Paper
  • Notebook Paper
  • Pencils
  • Pens 
  • High Lighters
  • Jansport Backpack
  • Lilly Pulitzer Agenda
  • 3 Right Binders
  • Notebooks
  • Calculator (Scientific)
  • Ruler
  • Glue
  • Markers
  • Stickies
  • Thank You notes
  • Folders
  • File Folders
  • Books For Pleasure
  • Textbooks


  • Gross Flip Flops
  • Shower Caddy
  • Two towels
  • Wash Cloths
  • Loofah
  • Hair Wraps
  • Robe
  • Summers Eve
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body Wash
  • Shaving Cream
  • Razors
  • Make up
  • Make up Mirror
  • Glasses/Case
  • Contacts/Solution
  • Acne Wash
  • Hair Dryer Straightener
  • Hairspray
  • Brush
  • Retainer
  • Pads/Tampons
  • Tissues

  • Paper Towels
  • Sponge
  • Detergent
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Air Freshener
  • Dish Soap
  • Broom/Pan
  • Iron
  • Stain remover
  • Chip Clips
  • Water Bottles
  • Tumblers
  • 2 Plates
  • 1 Bowl
  • 2 Forks
  • 2 Spoons
  • 1 Butter Knife
  • Keurig

  • Fan
  • Batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Tape
  • Light Bulbs
  • Stamps
  • Envelopes
  • Pepper Spray (!!!)
  • Rainboots
  • Command Stips/Command Hooks
  • TV (and everything that goes with that)
  • Headphones
  • Bandanas
  • UMBRELLA (!!!!)
  • Overnight bag
  • DVDs
  • Cellphone Cases
  • My Blog Binder
Wow that's a lot. I have no idea how I'm going to fit all of that into my parent's car. But almost everything is necessary to have a comfortable time in college/in the dorm rooms. If you check out my Dorm Supplies post, I go into a little more depth of what I already have to give you some ideas. 

What should I bring for college that I already haven't mentioned?


  1. great list, Ally!
    i am currently writing mine on paper ( i love writing on paper) so i can get organized! i forgot some of the things listed here, so reading it will help me!
    thanks again for sharing,Ally

    1. Thanks! I wrote my list on paper too! I love to be able to highlight to mark it off!

  2. Ally, this is such an awesome list! I went about writing mine the same way (via Pinterest and everything). Your list had some things I was missing, but mine had a few extras I thought you might want to look at:
    curling iron, deodorant, perfume, tweezers, nail clippers/files, body and hand lotions, sunscreen, bandaids, alarm clock (unless you use your phone), disinfectant wipes (I'm a clean freak, so I NEED these), and all of your personal info (!!! driver's license, student ID, insurance info, social security card, etc).

    Thanks again for sharing!

  3. This post seems familiar so I may have posted before... but i saw it in the college advice link up so im going to comment again lol. heres my advice: dont bring silverwere. I sniched mine from the cafeteria then returned it at the end of the year lol. Also a glass pryex glass (like a liquid measuring glass) is awesome. I used it to microwave everything, heat water, and cook ramen.

    1. Lol! I might just have to do that! Awesome suggestion! I'll have to look in to getting one of those!


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