The Ultimate College Packing Checklist

Getting ready to start college can be nerve-wracking in itself, but with the added stress of packing things can get really overwhelming.  Alpha Xi Delta sorority is helping you make packing a little easier with our Ultimate College Packing Checklist so you can forget about the stress and focus on being excited!

Printable Checklist:



Keep reading for a more detailed list!

Dorm Decor

  • Desk lamp: Must have non-halogen bulbs, otherwise you will be documented for a fire hazard violation.  Many desk lamps do have halogen bulbs so beware of this when you are shopping!
  • Trash can: Garbage bags are provided in the laundry rooms, which is where you will dispose of your bags of trash.
  • Door stop: One of the best ways to meet new people in the dorms is by keeping your door open while you are in your room.  This gesture makes you seem inviting, and people will stop in to say hi!
  • Full length mirror: Nothing can be hung on the door to your dorm because of fire codes, but if you buy one of the over-the-door mirrors you can hang it over the door to your wardrobe.
  • Fans: These are necessary if you are living in a dorm without air conditioning (Dunbar, Lake, Olson, or Verder) but definitely still recommended if you do have air conditioning.
  • Area rug: This is not necessary if your room is already carpeted, which most are, but definitely recommended if it is not carpeted!
  • TV: You may want to coordinate purchasing this with your roommate.
  • DVD player: You may want to coordinate purchasing this with your roommate.
  • Futon: The way you arrange your room will determine if there is room for a futon.  Many students loft one of the beds so they can set up the futon below it!  A futon is optional but it is a great way to create additional seating.
  • Additional seating: The more seating you have available, the more friends you can have come hang out!  Just be aware that any more than 8 people in one room is consideration a fire code violation.


  • Clothes hangers: For the clothes you are hanging in your wardrobe.
  • Extra socks and underwear: Doing laundry can be a pain in the butt.  Socks and underwear are the only articles of clothing that cannot be reworn, so pack some extra for when you’re in a pinch!
  • Pajamas: Enough to last you between washes.
  • Comfy clothes: For that 7:45 a.m. class you wish you hadn’t gotten stuck in and for all the other times you don’t really feel like getting ready for class.  Yoga pants will become a fashion staple.
  • Workout clothes: Take advantage of the Rec center!  You are not permitted to work out in tank tops or cut-off shirts, so make sure you pack some t-shirts!
  • Dress clothes: For special occasions and class presentations.  If you’re considering going Greek,  you will need dress clothes for a few rounds of sorority recruitment and you also may need them for weekly formal chapter meetings.
  • Rain boots: For those rainy days (there are many of them).
  • Rain jacket: Because sometimes an umbrella isn’t enough.
  • Winter jacket: For your treks to and from class.
  • Snow boots with good traction: UGG boots might not cut it.
  • Sunglasses
  • Hair ties/headbands
  • Jewelry


  • Shower Caddy: To tote all of your bath essentials to and from the bathroom (especially necessary if you’re living in a residence hall with the pod bathrooms, like Eastway and Tri Towers).
  • Robe: Because walking down the hall after your shower in just a towel can be a little awkward, especially if your floor is co-ed.
  • Shower shoes: When you’re sharing a bathroom, going barefoot isn’t the best idea.  An old pair of flip flops will do the trick!
  • Towels: As many as you think is necessary to last you between washes.  Definitely at least three.
  • Preference of toiletries: Shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, etc.


  • Twin extra long sheet set: Bring an extra set also so you can reset your bed before you wash your sheets
  • Comforter: Also twin XL size
  • Pillows: As many as you’d like
  • Mattress pad: To give your bed some extra cushion
  • Egg crate: For an extra comfy bed!


  • Microwavable plates: For late night snacks and frozen meals
  • Microwavable bowls: Make sure they can fit Ramen Noodles!
  • Cups
  • Mugs: Even if you don’t drink coffee, this comes in handy any time you need to boil water.
  • Refillable water bottle: An eco-friendly alternative to bottled water
  • Silverware
  • Bottled water: It’s a good idea to stock up on this any time you take a trip home!
  • Snacks: Can be purchased in the markets on campus, but it’s not a bad idea to pack some of your favorites to start you off.
  • Breakfast items: In case you wake up too late to stop at the dining hall before class.


  • Drying rack: Perfect for the clothes you don’t want to put in the dryer.
  • Hamper: Because you need somewhere to put your mound of dirty clothes.
  • Laundry basket: To transport your clothes to/from the laundry room
  • Laundry detergent: The detergent pods are perfect for those who are new to doing laundry- quick and easy, no measuring necessary.
  • Laundry bag: To transport your dirty clothes home for the weekend so you don’t need to wash them yourself.
  • Mesh bag for delicates: Also great for keeping socks together, which are easy to lose otherwise.
  • Cash to load laundry card: There are machines for this in the residence halls.
  • Iron: Not necessary, but could come in handy.
  • Ironing board: Only necessary if you’re bringing an iron.  They come in mini sizes so they don’t need to take up much space!

School Supplies

  • Printer paper: If you are bringing a printer.
  • Printer ink: If you are bringing a printer.
  • Flash drive
  • Pens/pencils
  • Notebooks
  • Binders
  • Folders
  • Planner
  • Note cards
  • Post-it notes
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Highlighters

These are all just suggestions, everyone has their own preferences! You may want to wait until you get to school to buy some supplies so you can get a feel for your classes and see what you’ll need for the semester.  Some professors will tell you during the first week of classes.

 Cleaning Supplies

  • Disinfectant Wipes: You may want to wipe out the drawers and wipe off the furniture before unpacking
  • Paper towels: In case of spills!
  • Vacuum cleaner: A necessity if you have carpeting!  Many students forget this.
  • Dusters


  • Laptop
  • Power strip/surge protector- Some power strips are considered fire hazards, so be careful about this!
  • Keurig/Coffee Maker- Coffee is available in the dining halls, but it may be more convenient for you to have your own in your room.
  • Printer- Printing services are available on campus, but there is no free printing.  A printer is something you might want to coordinate purchasing with your roommate.
  • Speakers
  • Headphones
  • Alarm clock
  • All necessary chargers
  • Batteries



  • Hanging jewelry organizer: A good space-saver.
  • Under bed storage: In case you run out of other places to keep things.
  • Stackable plastic drawers: You may have room for these somewhere in the room.
  • Cube stool with inside storage: Also functions as additional seating!
  • Garment bags: Make unpacking a breeze!  Pack all of the clothes you will be keeping in your wardrobe on hangers in garment bags.  That way, unpacking is as easy as unzipping the bags and hanging up the clothes!

Important Documents

  • Flashcard: Super important, you’ll use it every day!
  • Medical card: In case of a trip to the Heath Center.
  • Social security card or certified copy of birth certificate: Needed if you’re planning on getting an on-campus job!
  • Driver’s license


  • 3m command strips: Because you cannot use nails, these come in handy for anything you need to hang on the wall!
  • Dry/erase markers: Most dorms have a dry/erase board on the door, so bring some markers to decorate it!
  • First aid kit: With bandaids, antiseptics, etc.
  • Mini tool kit: Hammer, screwdriver, etc.  May come in handy at some point!
  • Bubble umbrella: No other type of umbrella can withstand the Kent State winds.
  • Mini safe: Optional, to protect your valuables.
  • Sewing kit: You never know when you’ll need to sew a button back onto your jacket (or when some guy from down the hall will ask you to sew a button back onto his).


Let us know if you found this list helpful!  Feel free to comment with any questions.


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It’s the LITTLE Things That Make a BIG Difference

One of the most special parts of joining a sorority is forming a relationship with your “Big sister.”  Every Big/Little relationship is different, but you choose your Big based on some sort of connection you form during your first few weeks as a new member.  Your Big serves as a mentor as you transition into becoming an active member of the sorority and can end up becoming one of your best friends.  It is difficult to explain a Big/Little bond in general terms, so Whitney and Taylor agreed to share their story.

bl3e.jpgWhitney and Taylor met through coaching the same fraternity for our fall philanthropy event called Xi Man, which benefits Autism Speaks.  Taylor knew at this time that she wanted Whitney to be her Big.  “I really admired how she was able to step up and be a leader in our group as well as being able to balance everything else she had going on. I really looked up to her and knew that I wanted someone like that to be my Big,” Taylor said.

This revelation meant a lot to Whitney, who was nervous that no one would want her as their Big.  She said, “When I found out that Taylor wanted me I was beyond ecstatic and I think I even cried a little. I saw her as the perfect Little for me, so I was thrilled when she saw me as her perfect Big.”

bl2The Big/Little match up process is all about what the Little wants, but they do not find out for sure who they got as their Big until after Big/Little
Week.  During this time, all of the new Bigs leave surprises for their Littles in the chapter room at the Alpha Xi Delta house.  The surprises include their first set of Alpha Xi Delta block letters on a t-shirt, along with lots of cute crafts and notes that give clues about who their Big might be.  Whitney remembers, “I was excited and loved spoiling Taylor with gifts each day, but I was so nervous about how she felt about everything. It definitely helped living in the house because each day I would creep on her reactions to her gifts and ask her questions to try and trick her.”

After five days of gifts and surprises, Big/Little Week wraps up with Big/Little Reveal.  Each year, we do something a little different to reveal the Big/Little match ups.  During Taylor’s Big/Little Reveal, each of the Bigs gave their Littles a unique t-shirt to wear during reveal.  When the Little entered the room, a group of sisters stood facing away from her with a hooded sweatshirt covering their ownbl4 shirt.  The sisters would then drop the sweatshirts and the one wearing a shirt that matched the Little’s was her Big!  Taylor remembers Big/Little Reveal as one of the best days of her entire life.  “Whitney had tricked me from the beginning so I had no idea who to expect for my Big. I had a little feeling that she may have been tricking me but when I walked into the room and the five girls standing in line were not short like Whitney, my heart dropped a little because I then realized that she wasn’t going to be my Big. None of the five girls had were wearing a green shirt, then Whitney came from the back of the room wearing a shirt that matched mine. I was in complete shock but I couldn’t have been any happier.”

“The relationship my Little and I have today is absolutely perfect and I wouldn’t change a thing,” Whitney said.  “We go to each other for everything and we love each other unconditionally. I know that she is always there for me no matter what and that is an amazing feeling.”  Taylor agreed, adding, “My Big is someone that I look up to and can count on the rest of my life. She’s so much more than just a Big to me, she’s the best friend I could ever ask for.”

bl1At our formal this spring, Whitney and Taylor won the superlative, “Best Big/Little.”  Taylor was very touched to receive this award, saying, “We bring out the best in each other and its very humbling that the chapter notices too!”  Whitney added, “I don’t believe there is such thing as a “best” Big/Little relationship, but I do know our relationship is one of a kind and I believe we were meant for each other.”

Greeks Do Good

This Friday we’re recognizing all the good our Greek Community does.  Our chapter’s External Philanthropy Chair Assistant, Carmen, shares her experiences with us for Philanthropic Friday.

ImageMany people have stereotypes about sororities, but they don’t even know the most important things about them. When I began recruitment, I had no idea that sororities even supported charities. Little did I know that I would end up being a part of raising $37,000 for Autism Speaks during our Xi Man event just a couple weeks after Bid Day! A sorority’s philanthropy is the main organization that they raise money for. They vary from sorority to sorority and they are nationally supported by the sorority they are partnered with. Like I mentioned, Alpha Xi Delta supports Autism Speaks. We feel beyond blessed to be able to put our efforts toward such a worthy cause. Not only is Autism Speaks a great organization, but all of the other sororities in our Greek community raise money for great things including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Service for Sight, Children’s Miracle Network, the hearing and speech impaired, women’s heart health, and play therapy programs for hospitalized children. As Alpha Xi Delta’s External Philanthropy Chair Assistant, I am very involved in the other chapters’ philanthropies and help organize our sorority’s participation in other philanthropy and fundraising events. One event in particular that I enjoyed was called Red Dress Gala, Alpha Phi’s spring semester philanthropy event. Everyone dressed up and enjoyed dinner, a silent auction, a magician and a fashion show! I loved attending with some of my sisters and being able to support another sorority at such a successful event.  I really enjoy my position and getting the opportunity to not only support Autism Speaks, but all of the philanthropic partners on campus with the other sororities and fraternities! That is one of the best things about being in a sorority- having the opportunity to help support so many great causes. I am so proud to be a part of something so much bigger than myself.


Our sisters performing a skit at Delta Zeta’s philanthropy event “Lip Sync” to support the hearing and speech impaired

A Sweet Sisterhood

Today is National Doughnut Day, and our sister Sarah has an Alpha Xi Delta memory related to the sweet treat:

sarahI moved into the Alpha Xi Delta house at the beginning of Spring semester this past year. I was very nervous at first because most of the girls are older than me and they all had been living there together for a semester already, but they welcomed me with open arms and stomachs (we like food). One of my favorite memories of living in the house was the second or third weekend. It was a late Friday night and most people were busy or already asleep, but a couple of the other girls and I decided to go for a drive. We just drove without really stopping, and then all of the sudden we stumbled on this adorable little random donut shop. Before we even got out of the car we were overwhelmed by the smell. There we were in our sweats at 11:30 PM at this little donut shop buying out the entire fresh glazed batch. It’s the little things like having people to spontaneously get donuts with that makes sisterhood so worth it. Needless to say, soon everyone in the house was making late night donut runs on a regular basis.