Girl’s Guide to Packing for College

Now with Pants

Four years ago, I started this blog…and started it with the blog, What does a Girl Pack for College?  Everything was my response.  And this was not a “how to”, but rather, “how Meredith does it”. Here’s the link to that blog, which is still my most favorite blog: What Meredith packs for college.  We learned, by trial and error, what you really should pack for college.  I even published blogs about what Guys should pack as well sa those traveling abroad.  I will repost those two versions next week.  I have found, a great, zippy little guide, from a Preppy girl’s perspective, and thought I’d share.  I also have links to my other college packing blogs at the end of this blog.  #peoplepleaser



Detailed & organized packing list for college.  The things that you want/need along with the little things you might forget all organized by category into a single list! Keep in mind this is just my suggestions! Your list may vary to fit your personal needs & wants! Please leave comments with anything you think is essential that I have forgotten! Enjoy!
*I would also suggest that you communicate with your roommate so you don’t spend more money than you need to. For example, one of you buys the rug & microwave & the other buys a fridge & lamp!


  • Sheets
  • Comforter or duvet with cover
  • Mattress protector
  • Mattress pad
  • Two pillows & one body pillow
  • Decorative pillows
  • Risers (If needed)
  • Throw blanket
  • Bed carry/something for things next to bed


  • One washcloth, one hand towel, two bath towels, two hair towels
  • Shower caddy
  • Shower shoes
  • Tissues
  • Robe
  • Toiletries
    • Shampoo & conditioner
    • Deep conditioner
    • Body wash
    • Shaving cream
    • Razor (& refills)
    • Feminine products
    • Face wash
    • moisturizer
    • Makeup
    • Deodorant
    • Bobbi pins
    • Hair ties
    • Hair spray
    • Nail polish & nail polish remover
    • Lotion
    • Hair brush
    • Cotton balls & q-tips
    • Toothbrush & toothpaste
    • Tweezers
    • Perfume
  • Hair dryer, straightener, curing iron, ect.
  • Brushes


  • Laundry detergent
  • Dryer sheets
  • Stain remover
  • Hangers (felt)
  • Laundry bag/basket
  • Lint roller
  • Steamer
  • Mini fridge & microwave (If not already provided by your college)
  • Microwave safe plates & bowls
  • Spoons, forks, knives
  • Keurig
  • K cups
  • Cups & mugs
  • Brita water filter
  • Ziploc bags
  • Dish soap
  • Snacks


  • School supplies
  • Lamp
  • Desk Calendar
  • Something for pens & pencils
  • Mirror
  • Agenda
  • Stapler
  • Hole punch
  • Tape
  • Post-its
  • Clear post-its
  • Paperclips, pushpins, ect.
  • Scissors
  • Index cards
  • Glue
  • Bulletin board


  • Makeup drawers
  • Makeup brush holder
  • Pallet holder
  • Shoe hanger for closet
  • Something for keys
  • Drawers for under the bed
  • Hot tool holder
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Trash bags
  • Air freshener/wallflower (with refills)
  • Trashcan
  • Paper towels
  • Phone charger
  • Computer with cords
  • Tv with cords
  • Dvd player
  • Apple tv
  • Mouse
  • Printer
  • Paper
  • Flash drive
  • Extension cords/surge protectors
  • Headphones
  • Desktop cord holder
  • Alarm clock
  • First aid kit & medicine
    • Bandaids
    • Neosporin
    • Pain reliever
    • Airborne
    • Cold medicine
    • Allergy medicine
    • Sleep aid
    • Tums
  • Small umbrella
  • Rug
  • Fan
  • Flashlight
  • Safety pins
  • Batteries
  • Command hooks
  • Duffle bag
  • Step stool
  • Decorations


Source: Preppy Girl packing list





10 Most Forgotten Items…from


1 | Full length Mirror- Take my word and get one before you get there. This is one of those conveniences that you don’t realize how much you love it until you don’t have it anymore. Flashback to my month in New York City this summer. I was staying in a dorm that lacked a full length mirror. My suitemate and I decided it was worth the money to spend, so we made the 11 block walk to Bed Bath & Beyond and bought ourselves a full length mirror and hauled that thing 11 blocks back to our dorm. Talk about the looks we got. Save yourself this hassle and buy a full length mirror before. I have to say though, we were the popular room because we were one of the only rooms with a full length mirror. Girls would flock to our room in the mornings before work to just take a quick peek at their outfit before hitting the city streets.

2 | Umbrella– We can only wish that classes got cancelled when it rains, but unfortunately, they don’t. Not only don’t they cancel class, but your professor probably won’t allow the excuse of rain when you walk in tardy. Keep an umbrella in your dorm for those rainy days where you have to trek all the way across campus in the nasty weather. No one wants to sit in class soaking wet.

3 | Flash Drive– I use my flash drive so often I have it connected to my wallet. Bottom line: get a flash drive (or 2). You never know when your printer will stop working and you frantically have to get over to the library to print a paper!

4 | Dust Buster– As much as I don’t like to thing about it, dorm rooms get messy. I however am not to into this whole dirt thing. A dust buster will be so convenient when you quickly want to suck up crumbs (or hair in the bathroom)!

5 | DVD’S– You may not have a lot of free time but when you do it’s nice to be able to chill out and watch your favorite movie. My friend recently moved into her dorm room and texted me and told me to ensure that I remember to bring movies! Not only are they good for you, but they are great (and easy) way to make new friends the first week. Turn on a chick flick and leave your door open and you’ll be surprised how many girls will end up lounging in your room!

6 | Air Fresheners – It’s nice to have a yummy smelling room. Simple as that.

7 | Batteries– You’ll be surprised how useful these are! Although not too many things run on batteries any more it’s nice to have them “just in case”.

8 | Duffle Bag– Make sure you bring a duffle bag that is able to be folded and is small to store. A duffle bag is perfect for long weekend where you are headed home and only have to bring a small amount of clothes!

9 | Water Bottle– One of my goals for this new school year is to drink more water! I found that if I always have a water bottle sitting on my desk filled I am more likely to drink it!

10 | Door Holder – The first week is crucial. You’ll find yourself sitting in your room and you may be tempted to stay in and just watch Netflix by yourself because, well because it’s easy. Keeping your door open the majority of the first week will help you meet all the kids on your floor!

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(Source:  10 most forgotten things)


Are you ready for some football?!!!!  Tonight…first pre-season Bears game!  Cannot wait…and to remind everyone, here is a picture of what to carry, and what not to carry into your NFL game, because size does matter when it comes to carrying a purse into an NFL game.  #ridiculous

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My favorite…a large plastic bag!  Ha…like I’m going to carry a gallon baggie into Soldier Field!  I think not.  Check out my previous blog on Size does matter…what to bring into an NFL game:  Size does matter.   I have to say, it’s a great blog! 🙂

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Just an old married couple heading to a wedding. <3 <3 <3

Song of the Day:  Come on Eileen…by Dexys Midnight Riders…because this is one of the best songs to dance to at a wedding, or just around the house!

So excited to bring Zack to his first Bears game…we will turn that young man into a Bears fan!  At least make the Bears his second fav team after the Colts!  🙂


And some great karma…Last night Brian’s Song was on TV, so Meredith and I watched it…twice.  We cried  7 times.  Best. Night. Ever!

“I love Brian Piccolo. And I’d like all of you to love him too. And so tonight, when you hit your knees, please ask God to love him”.  Movie quotes don’t get better than this!

Go Bears!















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  1. Nice way to get the Bears info worked in, T!! And, as always, good information. Enjoy the game!!

  2. OMG! This is the ultimate list for college! Perfectly systematized and so very helpful. I just moved recently for my second year , but wish I had this packing guide last year when I was moving for first time. It was a big mess, I could say. This year was not so bad, but here I find what exactly I’ve missed. I’m so glad I found your post. Next year moving in will go perfectly, and I’m giving your packing guide to my sister, because she’s going to move for her first year. Than k you for sharing!

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