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What you Need at College: A Survival Kit List

Updated on April 5, 2017
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Angela is an avid reader who studied English Literature in college. She has a passion for the written word and loves literature.

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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 small and often shared with other students, knowing how much space one has is important. Bringing extra stuff can be burdensome to the student or his roommates.

Also many times students forget about those items that they never had to buy before, because they would always use their parents or their teachers items. Therefore, those items were always readily available. Now that they are living on their own, they need to rely on their own resources to provide for these things. Things like toilet paper can be easily forgotten, printer paper, insurance cards, etc.

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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 Schultz 5 years ago from United States

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

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      Rose Clearfield 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 Schultz 6 years ago from United States

      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!!

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      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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