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Packing for College or Apartment Living

July 2, 2011

In about a month, our oldest daughter will be starting her first semester of college outside of our home.  Since this was a new road for me, I did some research to find out what she might need.  I found an incredibly long, but comprehensive list online.  So many things to buy.  So many things I hadn’t even considered.  So many things that would put a dent in our budget if I bought them all at one time!  I made a plan to do a little at a time and spread out the expenses.

Here is the comprehensive list I found, plus some other items that we’ll be packing.  If you think of something we’ve missed, please post a comment and let us know!

January—Medical and Laundry
Medicine
Med Box/Container
Aspirin
Tylenol
Motrin/Advil
Cough syrup
Cough drops
Cold medicine
Benadryl
Band aids
Dayquil/Nyquil
First aid ointment
Rubbing alcohol
Cotton balls
Cotton gauze pads
Tums/Mallox, etc.
Eye drops
Thermometer

Laundry
Laundry bag(s)/hamper
Laundry soap
Dryer sheets
Stain remover: Shout stick
Clothespins
Clothesline/drying rack
Quarters: Some schools use a card system
Needles and thread (blue, black and white)
Safety pins

February—Kitchen and Cleaning Supplies
Kitchen
Kitchen box: large shoe/boot box
Plate(s)
Bowl(s)
Knife, fork, spoon (s)
Serving spoon(s)
Hand can opener
Paring knife
Measuring cups
Measuring spoons
Water bottle
Travel cup/glass for making tea
Pot for cooking
Dish washing detergent
Dishwasher detergent
Brita filter
Coffee maker
Microwave
Refrigerator

Cleaning
Window and mirror cleaner
Paper towels
Bathroom cleaner
Comet
Sponges
Dusting spray
Dusting cloth
Swiffer or mop
Swiffer refills
Bucket

March—Technology and Tools
Technology
Mp3 player
Digital camera, batteries/battery charger, rechargeable batteries
Stereo
CD’s
DVD’s
Clock radio/alarm clock
Extension cords
Multi plug outlet
Phone
Lamp(s): Desk, free standing, clamp one for your bed
Hammer
Nails
Screwdrivers
Flashlight
Nightlight
Light bulbs: 40/60 watt
Trash can(s): Most colleges only have one
Trash bags

April—Personal Items
Purse(s)
wallet
money
Watch(es)
Jewelry: Earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings
Glasses
Sun glasses
Contacts, contacts case, and contact solution(s)
Nail clippers, Emory boards
Nail polish, nail polish remover
Cotton balls
Brush/comb
Hair stuff: Head bands, barrettes, rubber bands, scrunchies, styling gel, etc.
Feminine supplies
Boxes of Kleenex
Toilet paper
Cologne/body sprays
Deodorant
Hand lotion/body lotion
Razor/shaving cream
Make-up
Hair dryer
Flat iron
Curling Iron

May–Clothes
Socks: All kinds
Pantyhose/knee-highs
Shoes: Dress, tennis, flip flops, shower shoes!
Underwear
Bras/sports bras
Slips/half slips
Camisoles
Pajamas/bathrobe/slippers
Shorts: Play and dress
Dress pants/slacks
Casual pants/jeans
Casual shirts: Long sleeve/short sleeve
T-shirt: Long sleeve/short sleeve
Tank tops
Sweaters
Vests
Blouses
Dress: Some colleges have winter formals
Bathing suits
Belts
Sweatshirts
Jackets: Lightweight, wind breaker, winter
Gloves/mittens
Scarves/hats
Hangers
Suitcase/duffel bag

June–Bed and Bath
Bedroom
Two sets of sheet/pillow cases
Comforter/bedspread (Stores have special “dorm sets” that they advertise beginning in June.)
Mattress pad
Egg crate
Blanket/throw
Pillow(s)
Soft butt pillow for desk chair
Sleeping bag/air mattress (for guests!)
Stuffed animals: College kids with stuffed animals make better grades

Bathroom
Towels, hand towels, wash cloths

Bathroom rugs

Shower caddy (holder for shower supplies)
Toothbrush, toothpaste
Hand soap
Soap/shower gel
Shampoo, conditioner
Shower cap
Water glass/cup
Towel rack for your door

July–School/Homework Supplies
Computer (look for a back-to-school deal)
Monitor and cables
Printer and cables
Lan cable: 25 feet
Computer paper
Ink
Surge protector
Calendar
Day planner
Notebooks/binders
Pocket folders
Notebook paper
Stapler/staples
Paper clips
Scissors
Sticky tack
Post-it notes
Push pens
Pens
Pencils
Ruler
Zip drive/jump drive/thumb drive
Hole punch: Single and 3 hole
Pictures/posters
High lighters
Permanent magic marker(s)
Erasable message board with pens: These come on most of the dorm doors, but just in case, or if you want one in your room
Cork board/bulletin board/magnet board
Book bag
Stamps/envelopes
Address book, telephone numbers
Year book, photo albums, pictures, picture frames
Novels, books, Bibles
Journal

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Brenda permalink
    July 6, 2011 12:57 pm

    I have found that Color Catchers are very useful when you need to wash lights and darks together, especially if you are washing something that bleeds.

    • July 6, 2011 1:52 pm

      I have never heard of Color Catchers. We’re hoping to finish most of the remaining shopping this weekend, so I’ll keep an eye out for it. Thanks for the idea, Brenda!

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