What you Need at College: A Survival Kit List

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When going off to college, it is often a daunting task to know what to bring and what to leave at home. Since dorm rooms are so small and often shared with other students, space is important, so bringing extra stuff can be burdensome.

Also many times we forget about those items that we never had to buy before, because we would always use our parents or our teachers, but now you are to use your own, which means you need to buy your own, such as printer paper or toilet paper.

Other items you may forget, because your mom had always presented it, like your health insurance card.

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Cleaning Supplies

  • Portable vacuum
  • Toilet Bowl scrubber
  • Sponges
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Soap Scum Remover
  • Dish soap
  • Dish soap scrubber
  • Swiffer
  • Broom
  • Dustpan

Back To School Supplies

  • Backpack
  • Pens
  • Notebooks
  • Folders
  • Pencils
  • Stapler and Staples
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Erasers
  • Paper for printing
  • White Out
  • Post-it notes
  • Highlighters
  • Index cards
  • Scissors
  • Three Ring Hole Puncher
  • Rulers
  • Calendar
  • Homework organizer
  • Pencil holder (Mug)
  • USB plug
  • Stapler and staples
  • Laptop
  • Printer
  • Graphing Calculator (based on major)

Laundry Supplies

  • Laundry basket
  • Detergent
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Quarters ($10)
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Hangers

Medicine

  • Allergy medicine
  • Bandages
  • Cold and flu medicine
  • Decongestant
  • Eye drops or Contact solution
  • First aid kit
  • Insect repellent
  • Multivitamins
  • Over-the-counter pain medication
  • Prescription medicine
  • Retainer/mouth guard
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Supplements (iron pills, etc.)
  • Thermometer
  • Thermometer covers
  • Throat drops/lozenges
  • Upset stomach medication
  • Vaseline

Miscellaneous

  • Cell Phone
  • Phone Charger
  • Batteries
  • Health Insurance Card
  • Address Book
  • Stamps
  • Envelopes
  • Extension cords
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • Air Freshener
  • Umbrella
  • Small Sewing Kit
  • Radio
  • Camera
  • Frames and photos
  • Clothes for all weather
  • Jacket
  • Kleenex
  • Safety Pins
  • Bank documents
  • Car registration and insurance information
  • Checks
  • Copy of birth certificate and Social Security card in a lock box
  • Credit card
  • Debit card
  • Driver’s license
  • Passport
  • Student ID

College Dorm List

Bedding and Bedroom Needs

  • Alarm clock
  • Bed
  • Pillow
  • Blanket
  • Comforter
  • Fan
  • Hangers
  • Laundry Basket
  • Mattress pad (extra long twin)
  • Night lamp
  • Pillowslip and case
  • Sheets(extra long twin)

Bathroom Supplies

  • Towels (3)
  • Washcloths (3)
  • Face wash
  • Moisturizer
  • Shower mat
  • Soft toilet paper
  • Soap holder
  • Hand Soap
  • Bar of soap
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental Floss
  • Shower caddy
  • Soap sponge
  • Band-aids
  • Robe
  • Hair dryer
  • Hairbrush
  • Comb/ Pic
  • Curling iron
  • Razor
  • Hooks
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Hair gel
  • Toilet Paper
  • Deodorant
  • Make-up
  • Hair ties
  • Cotton Balls
  • Q-tips
  • Tylenol/Motrin
  • Nail clippers and file
  • Bathroom Tote
  • Bathroom cleaning items

Living Area Supplies

  • Wastebasket
  • Desk lamp
  • Surge protector
  • Extension cords
  • Storage bins
  • Bulletin board
  • Frames
  • Phone (cordless)
  • Chairs
  • TV
  • Floor Lamps
  • Clock

Kitchen Supplies

  • Cup (4)
  • Plates (4)
  • Bowls (2)
  • Flatware/plastic utensils(4)
  • Water bottle
  • Chip clips
  • Bottle opener
  • Mini refrigerator
  • Water filter
  • Dish soap
  • A scrubber for dishes
  • Paper towels

Clothes

  • Bathing suits
  • Belts
  • Bras
  • Casual dresses
  • Shoes (flats, flip flops, dress, sneakers)
  • Everyday purse
  • Formal dress
  • Gloves
  • Purse
  • Gym bag
  • Hats
  • Jeans
  • Jackets
  • Jewelry
  • Leggings
  • Little black dress or Suit
  • Long-sleeve shirts
  • Pajamas
  • Pants
  • Professional clothing (dress, dress pants, button-down shirts, skirts, blazers, shoes, purse)
  • Boots
  • Scarves
  • Semi-formal dresses or dress shirts
  • Short-sleeve shirts
  • Shorts
  • Skirts
  • Slippers
  • Socks
  • Sports bras
  • Sweaters
  • Sweatpants
  • Sweatshirts
  • T-shirts
  • Tank tops
  • Tights
  • Underwear
  • Watch
  • Coat
  • Workout clothes
  • Yoga pants

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angela_michelle 5 years ago from United States Author

This list is the list I made when I left for college, and it helped immensely!


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

These lists are always helpful for students getting ready to start college. Thanks for putting one up on HubPages!


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

Thanks so much for stopping by, I'll have to look into netspend. If I think it's awesome, I might have to post it on an upcoming article I am writing!!


Netspend 6 years ago

Yes! This list is amazing. As a college senior , I remember when I had to pack up and move to school. When I forgot to pack something I ended up making a trip to the store to buy it. Netspend is a popular company that provides prepaid Debit cards. I used it for emergencies and little things. I kept in my wallet and it came in handy many times. Please, everyone who reads this, make a list and seriously consider all the above items. Living area supplies, laundry supplies, and bathroom supplies are very important!

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