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!
Keep reading for a more detailed list!
- 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.
- Hair ties/headbands
- 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!
- 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
- 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!
- Printer paper: If you are bringing a printer.
- Printer ink: If you are bringing a printer.
- Flash drive
- Note cards
- Post-it notes
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Alarm clock
- All necessary chargers
- 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!
- 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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