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We created our Essential College Packing List knowing that you don't want to waste a precious minute this summer on anything that isn't important. Your student can be sure to have what they need on day one, and you can rest easy knowing they’re comfy in their new campus home. Click here to download a printable version, and see below for more packing/move-in day tips!
Customize your shopping/packing game plan depending on whether you will drive or fly, and how much time you expect to have on campus. For our unabridged advice about shopping, packing and move-in, see "Dorm shopping tips for parents" and "Your insider guide to college move-in day."
Visit the college's Residence Life webpage to find:
Many newer residence halls have generous built-in shelving and storage spaces. Some schools provide bed lofting kits upon request; others permit risers. There may be a shared kitchen on the floor which means your student doesn’t need appliances of their own.
Most recommend leaving TVs and printers at home.