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Advice for New College Students From a Recent GradCambria Pilger
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.
Extra-long twin sheets (2 sets)
Allergen-free mattress pad
2 standard + a bedrest/reading pillow if your student likes to read in bed
Towels (1-2 sets)
Contact lenses or spare pair of glasses
Earplugs and sleeping mask if your student is a light sleeper
Framed photos from home
First aid kit
Long extension cord
Backup hard drive and flash drives
Adaptors and chargers
Basic office supplies
Backpack or messenger bag
1-2 weeks worth of basics plus clothes for when the season changes
Extra socks and underwear
1 professional/semiformal outfit
Accessories (belts, scarves, ties)
Handheld clothing steamer
Basic cleaning and laundry supplies (Clorox/Lysol wipes, laundry detergent pods)
Hangers and over-the-door racks
Small tool kit
Wall hooks and approved adhesive
Laundry bag or pop-up basket with handles
Flashlight with extra batteries
Driver’s license and passport
Healthcare information (including HIPPA release form)
Emergency contact form
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.
College move-in is approaching! Help your student prepare by making sure they have everything they need for a successful freshman year.