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Back to School 2021: College Apartment Packing Checklist

Use this list to ensure you pack all the college apartment essentials!

Shawna Newman

July 07, 2021

Get your back to school college apartment checklist and don't pack too much.
Back to School 2021: College Apartment Packing Checklist
By now, you've probably started to think about packing for college. While it's easy to get overwhelmed, remember that you're just going to college - not Mars. Every school year, tons of students pack too many items in fear that they won't be prepared. Your move back, shouldn't require moving trucks or a moving company! When box packing, remember if you do forget an essential, you can always ask someone to send it, bring it whenever they visit or pick it up the next time you head home.

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Follow this list to help ensure you've packed all the essentials without over-packing. You can also download the checklist here.
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Before bringing any of the following items, contact your school's housing office and ask about the rules and regulations within the residence halls.

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College Apartment Packing Checklist:

Bedroom

Comforter/Bedspread
Pillows
Sheets (Check to see if they need to be a special size)

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Bed risers (If your bed isn't a loft)
Book light
Hangers
Crates or stacking storage containers
Microwave or Instant Pot
Mini-Refrigerator
TV/DVD Player/Movies
Fan
Stereo/Speakers
Shelving
Facial Tissues
Laundry basket/bag
Laundry detergent
Stain remover
Rolls of quarters (If necessary for laundry)
Dryer sheets
Cups, dishes & silverware for in-room snacks
Reusable water bottle and coffee mug
Plastic containers with lids

Personal Care

Shower caddy
Shampoo/conditioner
Soap/body wash
Towels (Bath, face, washcloths)
Shower shoes
Bathrobe
Deodorant
Shaving Cream / Razors
Make-up
First-aid kit
Feminine Products
Cold and pain medicine
Hair dryer (Straightener, Curling Iron)
Hairbrush/comb
Cotton swabs, cotton balls, etc.
Sewing kit (with safety pins)
Lint brush
Wrinkle release

Other Fun Items to Consider:

Video Games and Gaming Console
Posters/art
Framed photos with family, friends, roommates
Dry erase board (For messages from friends)
Deck of cards, Board Games

Apparel

Comfortable clothes/shoes for class
1 interview outfit
1 dressy outfit (For formal events)
Work out clothing/shoes
1 bathing suit/beach towel
Light jacket for early fall/spring
Raincoat, rain boots, umbrella
Slippers
Winter coat
Winter hat, scarf, gloves, boots

School, Computer & Tech

Computer/laptop
Computer/laptop case
Wireless mouse
Keyboard
Lap desk
Stereo/Speakers
Tablet or E-reader
Desk organizer
Binders, folders
Printer
Printer and ink cartridges
Printer paper
Pens, pencils
Highlighters
Dictionary/ Thesaurus (Apps work, too!)
Backpack or messenger bag
Calculator
Day planner
Post-It notes
Scissors
Tape
Ruler
Stapler
Paper/binder clips
Rubber bands
Extra Phone Charger(s)

Handy Things to Have

Safe with a lock (For valuables)
Flashlight
Toolbox/Basic tool set
Batteries
Weekend bag or small suitcase
Extra Power strip(s)
Poster putty or Command Strips for hanging decorations
Stepladder

Bathroom

Shower/bath mat
Shower curtain
Shower tension rod
Shower curtain hooks
Towel hooks
Shelves
Full-length mirror
Air freshener
Toilet brush
Toilet cleaner
Plunger

Cleaning Supplies

Rags, sponges, scrub-brushes
Swiffer/Swiffer pads
Mini Vacuum
Dish soap/brush
Dish rack/drying mat
College Apartment Checklist: Download PDF

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