College Shopping List

brittany fallen

I’d like to start this post with a story just to get the point across that everything on this list is necessary. Once upon a time, there was a frugal freshman named Betty. She didn’t see the point in wasting money on a bathrobe for college when she would be buying towels. “What’s the use in a bathrobe when you wear it for like, 2 seconds,” she questioned. One day, Betty was walking back to her room in a towel after taking a shower. She was surprised to see two male students arguing outside her door. She was even more surprised when she dropped her keys…right next to them. Needless to say, Betty went to Target the next day and bought a bathrobe. On the up side, I, I mean… Betty, got matching pajamas for free. The moral of this story? Stick to the list! I know it can be daunting, but a lot of places have big sales for college students when it gets closer to move-in day.

  • Storage
  • Shower caddy (complete with shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, etc)
  • Q-tips/Cotton balls
  • Laptop
  • Paper towels
  • Rug
  • Quilt/Comforter
  • Pillows
  • Flip flops
  • Travel mug/tumbler
  • Egg crate mattress pad
  • Bathrobe!
  • Mini fridge (coordinate with your roommate on items such as these. You could bring the fridge and  your roommate could bring the microwave. No need for two of each!)
  • Microwave
  • Laundry hamper
  • Extension cord/power strip
  • Ethernet cable (Just in case you can’t pick up WiFi in your room!)
  • Headphones
  • Wall decor (you want your room to feel like home!)
  • Planner
  • First aid kit
  • Towel set/washcloths
  • Twin extra-long sheets
  • Paper/binder/pens/the usual school supplies
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Eye mask/earplugs (in case your schedule is very different from your roommate’s!)
  • Medicine (cough drops, pain reliever, etc.)
  • Snacks
  • Laundry detergent/fabric softener (welcome to doing your own laundry!)
  • Curtain rod/curtains (no closet
  • Plates/bowls/forks
  • Hangers
  • Shoe storage
  • Fan (one time, the air conditioner went out in Forrer for about a week..which really felt like a month.)
  • Extra blankets (that same year, the heat also went out…..)