Packing list for college bound students

By Beth Ziehmer

May 01, 2017

If you've ever left your lunch at home when you left for school or work or forgot something when shopping at the grocery store, then you know the importance of a list. Packing for college is an exciting time, but it can be challenging to know what to pack, and easy to forget something important.

The Mapping Your Future "Packing list for college students" is now available in printable format for your convenience.

When reviewing the suggested packing list, consider how the list fits your needs. You may be able to come home fairly regularly, so you won't need to take all your cold weather clothing at once or a trip to get a few items after you move in can be a good way to bond with your new friends.

Other considerations include:

  • What type of dorm room/suite arrangement you will have. For example, if you will have a suite-style room with a bathroom, you will need more paper products and cleaning products.
  • What is already provided, such as a small refrigerator or a microwave.
  • Communicate with your roommate or suitemates to try to coordinate any larger items.
  • Review a sample room in person, if possible, or online, so you are aware of the storage available in the room and the layout of the room.

Finally, make sure to review the school's dorm policies to avoid any disallowed items, like lamps with plastic shades or bed risers.

Let us know your suggestions for the list at feedback@mappingyourfuture.org.