Packing for college can be an exciting but overwhelming task. Here's a comprehensive list of items to consider loading into your boxes and bags this summer. PEAK recommends heavy-duty moving bags or totes to haul your goods to and from campus. Check out Amazon or your favorite dorm suppliers for these handy bags, usually available in six packs.
1. Bedding: Sheets, pillowcases, blankets, and a mattress pad (check with your college for bed sizes).
2. Toiletries: Toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, soap, towels, shower shoes, and any other personal care items you use.
3. Clothing: Pack a variety of clothes suitable for different seasons and occasions, including casual wear, formal wear, and workout clothes. Don't forget socks, underwear, pajamas, and comfortable shoes.
4. Electronics: Laptop, chargers, headphones, power strips, and any other electronics you'll need for your studies or personal use.
5. School Supplies: Notebooks, pens, pencils, highlighters, binders, folders, calculator, backpack, and other supplies specific to your course requirements.
6. Kitchen essentials: If you have access to a kitchen or communal cooking area, consider packing basic utensils, plates, bowls, mugs, and small appliances like a microwave, air fryer, or mini-fridge, if allowed.
7. Laundry essentials: Laundry bag, backpack, hamper, detergent, fabric softener, dryer sheets, and quarters or a laundry card if needed.
8. Health and medication: First aid kit, prescription medications, vitamins, and any other health-related items you may need.
9. Room essentials: Desk lamp, trash can, storage containers, hangers, a fan, and other items to personalize and organize your living space.
10. Documents: Identification cards, insurance information, important contact numbers, and other necessary documents.
11. Finances: Consider having a small safe or lockbox for storing valuable items and important documents.
12. Entertainment: Books, board games, playing cards, sports equipment, or any other items that help you relax and have fun during your free time.
13. Personal items: Photos, posters, decorations, and sentimental items that make your space feel like home.
14. Miscellaneous: Don't forget items like a reusable water bottle, snacks, a backpack or tote bag, a sewing kit, and a toolkit with basic tools.
Remember to check with your college or university for specific guidelines or restrictions regarding what you can bring. It's also a good idea to communicate with your future roommates to avoid unnecessary duplication of items. PEAK wishes you a great summer as you begin to assemble your dorm supplies to start the new school year.