Tuesday, June 26, 2018

College Packing List

I am so excited for today's blog as I am sharing *drumroll please* my complete college packing list! I remember being completely overwhelmed this time last year in what exactly I needed to be bringing with me to college. I'm the oldest child in my family so I didn't have an older sibling to look up to in the dorm preparation process so I read a lot of packing list posts on other blogs as well as on Pinterest.

For a bit of background, I am a rising sophomore at Clemson University where I am an Elementary Education major and a Kappa Alpha Theta. At Clemson, we are required to live on campus our freshman year so I lived in an all-girls building that had hall-style bathrooms (meaning I shared a common bathroom with other girls who lived on my floor). I absolutely loved it as it provided such a sense of community and made my dorm feel more like a home! If you're looking at Clemson for college and want to chat more specifically about dorms/where to live on campus, feel free to reach out to me at chicincarolina@gmail.com. I will be living on campus again this year as I'm living in my sorority hall so I will be reusing the majority of my freshman dorm room and using this packing list!

After many Target runs last summer, I feel like I was pretty prepared for dorm life so I wanted to share my complete college packing list (excluding clothes, which will be another post!) of items that I actually used in my freshman dorm!


Creating your perfect dorm can be pretty overwhelming so I recommend starting early and going slowly rather than buying everything and anything you need in one afternoon. This way too you can plan out your purchases based off of when they go on sale (I would look around this week for Fourth of July Sales!). I also used Pinterest (be sure to follow me here) to help me plan out what I wanted to buy and see how well it meshes together.

Freshman dorms tend to be on the smaller side so definitely talk to your roommate about your vision for the room. I wanted to have a typical "Pinterest dorm" so it was important to let my roommate know that so we were on the same page. Picking a few colors for your room is a great way to coordinate but not 100% match as you can have different pieces that still complement the room really well.

Making your dorm feel like home can be hard to do but trust me, decorating it helps so much. When I was packing everything up on move out day, it was strange to see my room without all my stuff in it as it truly did feel like a home away from home! Also, having a comfy bed makes a busy day of classes and studying so much easier- a good mattress topper is a must!


Are you moving into your freshman dorm this fall? Did I miss any items that you loved for your dorm? Let me know in the comments!

30 comments:

  1. I loved the excitement of packing for college! It's so fun to be able to pick out decor and design a space!

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    1. It's too exciting! Thanks Caitlin!

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  2. This is such a thorough packing list Katie! I remember my freshman year there was a lot that I felt like I forgot and had to buy later in the year, and also stuff I overpacked on! By junior and senior year I had the hang of it though!

    xoxo A
    www.southernbelleintraining.com

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    1. Thanks Annaliese! I definitely feel a lot more prepared for this year haha!

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  3. This is a great list! I actually used to hate packing for college, just because I hate packing in general and I ALWAYS forget something. If I had a list like this handy it may not have been so bad!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

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  4. I remember packing for my freshman year of college and inexplicably packing a ton of paper towels. So random. Luckily my parents were nice enough to mail me a lot of the things I didn't think to pack!

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    1. I realized I kept buying a ridiculous amount of Clorox wipes haha! Thanks for reading, Hannah!

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  5. so many college students will find this resourceful!

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  6. i wish this was around when I entered into college (2004). i would have been so better prepared!

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  7. Oh those were the days. I remember packing each year to head to school. I was in love with the kitchen kit I got from Target with all the tools and pots. Loved it.

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  8. WOW you really sorted everything out and everything down! i usually just look around my room for what i might need and stuff it into my suitcase xD love this list!

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  9. This is a great list. I remember the summer before starting at UNC, my future roommate and I were looking over several different lists

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    1. Thanks Aitza! I did the same thing- it can be so overwhelming!

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  10. I wish I could go back to college. I had so much fun!

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    1. I'm so excited to go back in a few weeks- thanks for reading, Meli!

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  11. Such a great list! I'm so glad I never had to live in a dorm, but this is pretty close to what I brought with me in my first apartment!

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  12. What a great idea to help college-goers prepare for their move! Sometimes, I honestly miss college <3

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  13. Haha I need that packing list for my house! You're more prepared for collage than I am for adulting! Good luck! :)

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    1. Aww you are too sweet! Thank you!

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  14. Oh my gosh this packing list is awesome! I hated packing for college, but this list covers everything!

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  15. Wow this is so helpful! Pinning this for my college friends!

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