Mapping Your Future: Packing list for college bound students



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Packing list for college bound students

By Beth Ziehmer

April 27, 2016

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Are you off to college in the fall? Use the following checklist as a guide to help ensure you have everything you need:

Kitchen needs:

    Plastic plate, bowl, and cup
    Coffee cup
    Fork, knife, spoon
    Can/bottle opener
    Water bottle
    Small bottle of dish soap
    Snacks

Room needs:

    Alarm clock
    Wastepaper basket
    Hangers
    Desk lamp
    Small personal fan
    Adhesive hooks, tacky adhesive, and mounting tape (check what is allowed)
    Small personal toolkit
    Push pins
    Small area rug

Electronics:

    Laptop and power cord
    Laptop case
    Headphones
    Surge protector
    Extension cord
    Cell phone and charger
    Portable cell phone charger
    USB flash drive

Linens/laundry supplies:

    Two sets of sheets (may need to be extra-long twin) and pillowcases
    Towels (three each bath and hand)
    Washcloths (six)
    Pillows (two)
    Mattress pad
    Blanket
    Comforter and duvet cover (makes laundering easier)
    Laundry bag/hamper
    Laundry basket (with comfortable handles for carrying)
    Laundry soap and fabric softener
    Laundry stain remover
    Lint remover
    Sewing kit

Toiletries/Miscellaneous

    Aspirin or ibuprofen
    First aid kit®
    Neosporin®
    BAND-AIDS®
    Cough drops
    Shower tote
    Shampoo and conditioner
    Hair-styling products
    Bath and face soap
    Hand soap
    Toothpaste and toothbrush
    Dental floss
    Comb/brush
    Tweezers
    Nail clippers
    Hair dryer and other styling aids
    Razor and shaving cream
    Lotion and/or facial moisturizer
    Cotton swabs
    Tissues
    Feminine hygiene products (if appropriate)

Desk supplies:

    Stapler and staples
    Pens and pencils
    Notebooks
    3 X 5 index cards
    Post-it®notes
    Paper clips
    Rubber bands
    Scissors
    Highlighter pens (multiple colors)
    Ruler
    Contact information for family, friends
    Health and immunization records

Clothing

    Underwear (minimum 14 pairs)
    Socks (minimum 14 pairs, dress socks, and athletic socks)
    Seven pairs of pants/jeans
    14 shirts/blouses
    Two sets of sweats, gym clothes
    Pajamas
    Slippers and/or flip-flops
    Two sweaters (if appropriate)
    Light/heavy jackets
    Gloves/scarf/hat (if appropriate)
    One pair of boots
    Two pairs of sneakers or comfortable walking shoes
    One pair of dress shoes
    One set of business attire clothes
    One set of semi-formal attire (optional)

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