What to take to college: Your Ultimate Freshman Year Packing List

Going away for college is a fantastic experience.But making your freshman packing list can be an overwhelming experience.

Whether you will be living in college dorms or off-campus apartments, you will need items to make a comfortable living space. 

That’s why we put together the ULTIMATE Freshman year packing list to help you get prepared for your first year of college!

Health and Personal Hygiene

  • Painkillers
  • Cold medicine
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush 
  • Mouthwash 
  • Floss
  • Body wash 
  • Shampoo  
  • Conditioner
  • Vitamins
  • First Aid kit
  • Thermometer
  • Heating Pad
  • Hair grooming tools 
  • Eye drops 
  • Q-tips 
  • Lotion
  • Air freshener
  • Shaving kit
  • Makeup (If suitable)
  • Nail clippers
  • Loofah
  • Portable mirror 
  • Medicine prescriptions

Bed and Bath 

  • Shower shoes 
  • Shower caddy 
  • Bathrobe 
  • Towels
  • Toilet paper 
  • Pillows
  • Pillowcases
  • Bedsheets
  • Mattress pad 
  • Comforter or quilts
  • Throw blanket
  • Alarm clock
  • Under-bed storage

Clothes and Laundry 

  • Hangers (A lot of them!)
  • Sweatpants
  • Sweatshirt
  • Jackets 
  • Coats (If suitable)
  • Jeans
  • Shirts
  • Socks 
  • Pajamas
  • Sandals 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Jewelry 
  • Shorts
  • Hat 
  • Watch
  • Belt 
  • Sneakers
  • Boots
  • Suit and tie (If suitable)
  • Dresses (If suitable)
  • Underwear
  • Professional attire 
  • Dress shoes 
  • Winter attire
  • Rain jacket
  • Swimwear
  • Lint roller
  • Laundry basket
  • Laundry detergent 
  • Bleach
  • Dryer sheets
  • Iron or steamer
  • Ironing board

Food and Beverages 

  • Your favorite snacks 
  • Cereal 
  • Milk
  • Your favorite drinks 
  • Coffee
  • Fruits
  • Microwave-safe bowls
  • Microwave-safe plates
  • Spoons 
  • Tupperware 
  • Condiments 
  • Coffee
  • Coffee mug 
  • Plastic cups
  • Scrubber 
  • Forks 
  • Butter knives
  • Dish soap 
  • Water
  • Water filter 
  • Paper towels 
  • Can opener

School Supplies

  • Notebooks
  • Pencils 
  • Pens
  • Binders
  • Loose leaf
  • Calculator
  • Ruler
  • Sticky notes
  • Highlighters
  • Markers
  • Folders 
  • Printer paper
  • Index cards 
  • Scissors 
  • Tape 
  • Hole punch 
  • Envelopes
  • Textbooks
  • Backpack 
  • Calendar 
  • Planner 
  • Paperclips 
  • Stapler
  • Calculator 

Electronics

  • Fan
  • Laptop
  • Desktop
  • Tablet 
  • Computer mouse
  • USB Drive 
  • Ethernet cord 
  • HDMI cord
  • Printer 
  • TV
  • Microwave
  • Earphones
  • Extension cord
  • Speakers 
  • Game systems 

Decoration (Optional)

  • Curtains
  • Frames 
  • Wall art
  • Rug 
  • Wall Lights
  • Plants
  • Closet organizer 
  • Desk lamp
  • Floor lamp
  • Bed riser
  • Trashcan 
  • Door mirror 
  • Step ladder 
  • Clock
  • Curtains and spring rids (if permitted by the school)
  • Personal photos or items
  • Posters
  • Bean bag

Miscellaneous

  • Your car’s documents
  • Driver’s license 
  • Student ID 
  • Social Security Card 
  • Passport (If suitable)
  • Debit/Credit card 
  • Donor card
  • Health insurance card 
  • Financial aid forms (If suitable)
  • Umbrella
  • Bike 
  • Bike lock 
  • Scooter 
  • Skateboard 
  • Flashlight

What you should take to college is not limited to this packing list. Everyone has different needs, so if you think of anything else, be sure to include it. 

We know that college tuition alone is costly; therefore, we don’t expect you to buy everything on this list. Only purchase essential items and what you can afford. 

As a college student, you can save money on your first-year college essentials by budgeting and using store discounts. 

We included forgetful and apparent items in this ultimate freshman year packing list along with fun extra items. We hope this article gave you a clear idea of what you should take to college!