Whether you’re a first-year or a senior with packing amnesia, this list will help.
Clothing
  • Pajamas
  • Fancy clothes (1-2 sets, for professional situations)
  • Dress up clothes (for banquets, parties, etc)
  • Sweatpants
  • Sweatshirts
  • One month of underwear
  • Shower shoes
  • Rain/winter boots
  • Bathing suit
  • Fall jacket
  • Winter coat
  • Socks
  • Gloves, hats, scarves
  • Flip-flops

Medical Supplies

  • First aid kit
  • Airbourne
  • Pain meds
  • Neosporin
  • Anti-itch cream
  • Cold meds
  • Cough drops
  • Vitamins
  • Immunization records
  • Thermometer

Dorm Accessories

  • Quilt/comforter
  • Sheets (2 sets)
  • Fitted sheets
  • Pillows
  • Cork boards
  • Posters
  • Wall putty
  • White boards
  • Bed risers (buy you after you arrive: chances are your bed will be plenty high enough without them)
  • Pictures
  • Books
  • Blanket

Bathroom/Hygiene

  • Shower caddy
  • Flip-flops
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Q-tips
  • Hair-care products
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Cotton balls
  • Deodorant
  • Mouthwash
  • Floss
  • Hair products
  • Hair ties
  • Shaving cream
  • Razor
  • Soap
  • Sanitary products
  • Towels
  • Wash cloths
  • Hand towels

Electronics

  • Laptop
  • Printer
  • iPod
  • TV
  • Fridge (under 3.1 cu. meters)
  • DVD/vcr
  • Camera
  • Flash drives
  • Cables
  • Alarm clock
  • Cell phone
  • Batteries
  • Chargers
  • DVD’s, CD’s
  • Lamp
  • Fan
  • Flashlights
  • Headphones
  • Light bulbs
  • Extension cords
  • Power strips
  • Surge protectors

Cleaning Supplies

  • Air freshener
  • Duster
  • Broom
  • Dust pan

Storage

  • Boxes
  • Hangers

Laundry Stuff

  • Stain stick
  • Hamper/laundry basket
  • Detergent
  • Dryer sheets
  • Color safe bleach
  • Quarters/money on your OneCard

Desk/School Supplies — do NOT buy at the Campus Center Store

  • Pens/pencils
  • Notebooks
  • Erasers/white out
  • Printer paper
  • Markers
  • Folders

(De)Construction Tools

  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Duct tape
  • Screwdriver (esp. one with interchangeable heads)

Food stuff

  • Pre-packaged snacks
  • Bowls
  • Spoons
  • Water bottles
  • Cups
  • Mugs
  • Plastic utensils

Crafty Things

  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Ruler
  • Markers
  • Colored pencils
  • Stickers
  • Glue

Miscellaneous

  • Backpacks
  • Bank account info
  • Bank cards
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  1. ATayloe

    I’d like to add, screwdriver. Preferably one of those that has interchangable heads.

  2. SG

    I’d like to point out that you can find pretty cheap school supplies at Acme in town.

    Just don’t buy their tape.

  3. Are you looking for cheap moving and packing supplies then go for UltimateMovingSupplies.com, I have used their ‘moving boxes’ services this year and let me tell that their Packing services was just awesome, strongly recommend.

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