The Only College Shopping List You’ll Ever Need!

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Packing to go away to college can seem like a huge, daunting task. I know I was nervous when I was getting ready to leave home that I would forget something crucial…especially because I attend a school 6 hours away from home. However, having a packing and college shopping list while getting everything together for the big move-in day can be so helpful!

I’ve racked my mind and have listed out all of the amenities and suppliesĀ that I could possibly think of. I only lived in the dorms for one year, but I know about what you typically can and cannot bring with you, and have tried to take those into accommodation in this college shopping list.

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College Shopping List

A Complete College Shopping List

Make sure you have everything you need for success at college by following this shopping and packing list!

For School Supplies

For The Bathroom

  • Disinfecting Wipes
  • Robe
  • Bath Towels
  • Hand Towels
  • Shower caddy
  • Loofah
  • Shower shoes (or flip-flops)
  • Foaming shower cleanser
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Swiffer Wet Jet

For Your Bed

For The Kitchen

  • Basic pots + pans
  • Tupperware
  • Silverware
  • Cups
  • Bowls
  • Plates
  • Soup bowl
  • Coffee mugs
  • To-go coffee mug
  • Microwave
  • Oven mitts
  • Chip clips
  • Hand soap
  • Plastic wrap
  • Aluminum foil
  • Spices/seasonings
  • Can/bottle opener
  • Trash bags
  • Paper towels
  • Napkins

Food + Snack Ideas

  • Ramen (a classic!)
  • Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Easy Mac
  • Coffee grounds
  • Coffee creamer
  • Clif bars
  • Instant oatmeal
  • Cereal
  • Fresh fruit/veggies
  • Popcorn

For The Dorm Room

For Your Closet

For Your Desk

For Personal Use

  • Straightener
  • Curling Iron/wand
  • Facial cleanser
  • Makeup removing wipes
  • Toner
  • Facial moisturizer
  • Hair brush
  • Hairspray
  • Body wash or shower gel
  • Cold medicine
  • Pain relieving medicine
  • Cough/sore throat drops
  • Vitamins
  • Razors
  • Shaving cream
  • Lotion
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Band-Aids
  • Tissues
  • Nail polish remover
  • Stain remover pen
  • Cotton balls/pads
  • Feminine care products
  • Deodorant
  • Vaseline

Other Random Stuff


Items Usually Not Allowed in College Dorm Rooms

The following items will most likely be confiscated if found in your dorm:

  • Candles
  • Space heaters
  • Clothes iron
  • Dumbells/Free Weights
  • Nails for the wall/hanging
  • Toasters
  • Plug-in air fresheners
  • Oil burners

I know that sometimes students like to break these guidelines, but RA checks do happen frequently and your stuff can be taken away from you or you can be reported if you break the guidelines.

Tips for Move-In Day

  • Recruit family members and friends to help move you in! It will take several trips (and hours) to move all of your stuff in if you just bring your mom. Bringing extra people also helps as you will probably want one person to stay by the car with the rest of your stuff.
  • Try and use suitcases with wheels on them to make the process easier. Also, try and put heavier items in rolling suitcases so you can roll them to your room instead of carrying. You’ll thank me later!
  • Enjoy the process. Moving in can be stressful but I remember the day I moved into my dorm room vividly. My family + I played fun music while moving in and it made the process so much more fun and bearable.

Have any other ideas to add to this college shopping list? Tell me in the comments!

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  • Great list! I hope that you have a good year at college.

    • EmmaLenhart

      Thank you, Melissa!