101 Things – What to Bring to College

Going to college marks an important new period in your life. Some huge changes will be happening, one of them being moving away from home. Living on the university campus will be a lot of fun but you’re also going to miss some of the conveniences available at home. This is why you have to bring a number of essentials. Here’s what to pack and why bringing certain items to your dorm room is so important.


This one is an obvious but many students commit the mistake of not bringing enough clothes. You need garments that will correspond to all kinds of weather conditions and that will make you feel comfortable. Versatile pieces that can be combined easily with each other are best.

Some of the clothing essentials that you must have include the following:

  • Comfortable shoes you can use on a daily basis
  • A pair or two of jeans
  • T-shirts – probably the most versatile garment in the world
  • Workout clothes and shoes (chances are that the campus will have athletic facilities)
  • A sufficient number of undergarments and sock pairs
  • A heavy coat or jacket
  • A pair of winter boots
  • Mittens, scarves, hats
  • Comfortable clothes for hanging around in the residence hall
  • For summer: a few dresses and skirts, shorts, tank tops, bathing suit, etc.
  • Sandals and light shoes for the summer


You may want to check with the college to figure out what’s going to be available in the room. Most colleges will provide a pillow and a blanket. The rest will be up to you. If you prefer to, you can bring a pillow from home. A few pairs of sheets will also be required.

Some of the other bedding items that you may want to bring from home include:

  • BA mattress cover
  • A comforter
  • A mattress pad (if you prefer a certain level of mattress softness/support)
  • A throw blanket
  • Throw pillows
  • A duvet cover
  • Towels and washcloths (not exactly bedding but these can be grouped in the same category)


We’ve become heavily dependent on technology. It plays an important role in nearly every aspect of life, including education. The university will most definitely have a computer lab but bringing your laptop on campus will give you more freedom to write assignments and study in the park, in a café or any other place you deem appropriate.

A few other pieces of technology you’ll probably need and enjoy during your college years include:

  • A music player
  • An ebook reader
  • Your smartphone or a tablet
  • All of the needed cables and chargers

Toiletries and Hygienic Products

Sure, you can buy such items upon your arrival. Until you get used to the new surroundings and shopping opportunities, you may want to bring some of the toiletries and hygienic essentials from home:

  • A bathrobe and flip-flops
  • Soap, shampoo, shower gel, conditioner, hair masks, exfoliants, etc.
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • A manicure set
  • Shaving cream and razors
  • Band aids and a first aid kit
  • Tampons, pads, menstrual cups
  • Cleaning supplies – detergent, dishwashing soap

Items You’ll Need in School

Many school supplies can be bought from the campus bookstore but getting a few essentials at home could prove to be cheaper. You’ll also get access to a bigger range of options. The key school supplies to consider bringing with you are:

  • A sturdy backpack
  • Binders, folders and notebooks
  • A good dictionary or thesaurus
  • Calculators
  • Paper
  • Stationery supplies (paper clips, pens, pencils, erasers, correctors, glue, tape, sticky notes, etc.)

A Few Additional Items You’ll Need for Your Room

We’ve already covered the essentials but there are certain other items you may want to consider bringing. These will make the room feel a bit more comfortable, transforming it in your home for the next few years. Here are a few suggestions (though most of the items are optional):

  • Framed pictures of loved ones
  • Rugs, carpets
  • An alarm clock and a bedside lamp
  • A bulletin board or an erase board
  • A jewelry organizer or a jewelry safe (that you can use to store valuables)
  • Underbed storage units or any other type of storage that will be functional in the respective living space
  • Wall art, posters, paintings
  • A closet organizer
  • A mirror
  • Curtains
  • A shoe rack

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