Your College Packing List

Hefty How-To: Preparing for College

Heading off to college is a big move in a teen's life, and it's important that your future college graduate focuses on grades, not worrying about packing lists. 

Print out our handy college packing list to ensure your child has what they need to head back or start off the school year on the right foot.


  • sheets
  • comforter/quilt
  • blanket
  • pillows

Packing Tips: Bring a versatile comforter that you can use in the hot and cold months.


  • bath towels
  • washcloths
  • shower caddy
  • flip-flops or shower shoes
  • bathrobe

Packing Tip: Pack at least two towels so you have a clean one while doing laundry. 


  • shampoo
  • conditioner
  • deodorant
  • toothpaste
  • toothbrush
  • soap
  • face wash
  • cosmetics

Packing Tip: Get a tote or basket to carry it all from your dorm room.


  • laundry basket/hamper
  • detergent
  • dryer sheets
  • stain remover
  • ironing board
  • iron

Packing Tip: Buy detergent and dryer sheets in bulk to save on trips to the store.


  • shirts
  • shorts
  • pants
  • dresses/skirts
  • sweater
  • suit
  • socks
  • shoes
  • coat/jacket

Packing Tip: Remember that dorm rooms are small so bring only what you will wear.


  • utensils
  • bowl
  • plate
  • dishtowel
  • dish soap
  • sponge
  • slider bags
  • plastic wrap
  • food storage containers

Packing Tip: Store your leftover pizza in Hefty® Slider Bags.


  • microwave
  • toaster
  • mini refrigerator
  • coffee maker 

Packing Tip: Your dorm room may come with appliances. Check with your university to see what you might need.

Furnishings and Essentials

  • bookcase/shelving storage
  • area rug
  • lamps
  • desk chair
  • waste can/trash bags

Packing Tip: Start the year off right and collaborate with your roommate on your dorm room decorating style.


  • computer
  • printer
  • stereo
  • TV
  • DVD player
  • power cords
  • alarm clock

Packing Tip: A good stereo system can help you get through late night study sessions.

Save and print the full list for your college prep shopping trip.

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