Sunday, July 31, 2016

Packing for College: 8 Items You Can't Forget

With fall semester right around the corner, I thought I'd share my personal list of must-have items for college, especially if it's your freshman year! Last fall, I went into freshman year with no idea what to expect - I wish I would have had a list like this because I ended up having to buy most of it as I figured everything out throughout the year! 

Trust me, you're going to want this. Between your laptop, phone, TV, fridge, microwave, etc., you're not going to have enough plugs to go around, especially if you have a roommate! There are some pretty cool ones out there that even have USB ports so you don't even need your charging block!

I'm not the first to say it, but dorm rooms are tiny. You're going to want to save as much space as you can by using plastic drawers like these under a desk or in a closet or baskets/bins like these under a futon or to organize drawers.

If you're bringing a TV, you'll want one of these. You can connect your laptop to your TV, which lets you watch Netflix and movies on the screen instead of on your laptop!

Speaking from experience, it's not easy or fun doing dishes in a dorm, especially when you have community-style bathrooms. Stock up on the paper goods and you'll be set!

You really only need one good dress or shirt/skirt/pants combination, but it'll come in handy for sure. I had an interview that required "business-casual" dress for a position in a club and I was thankful that I had packed a dress that fit the occasion!

Think prom or homecoming, but more sophisticated. Chances are, you'll go to a function at least once in the year that requires this kind of attire, especially if you're in a sorority!

Walking to class in the rain is never fun. Enough said.

For some reason, college is full of themed-events. Once again, if you're in a sorority, you'll have tons of socials/date nights that call for crazy outfits! You can generally find everything you need at a thrift store. A good starting point of things to bring: a Hawaiian shirt, a sports jersey, something camo, America-themed clothing, and neon 80s attire.

If you have any questions about college/what to pack, feel free to reach out!



  1. This is so helpful, Caitlin! I will definitely be saving this for when I go to college next fall!


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