The Ultimate Packing List for College Girls

When moving to the dorm room, there is a lot of hassle for girls to pack. Whatever you feel you will need in the course of your stay at the college goes into the box. The human compulsion to be over-prepared is so over-taxing that they end up moving their whole house.

The thing to keep in mind is that a lot of the things that you take with you seem crucial at first, which later on end up being unused. The trick with this method is that you end up using your limited space.

With things as they are, you need to plan all four years of your college life properly. Though it is implicit that at the start you will end up bringing more stuff than you need, it takes a few tries to get it right.

A smart way is to consult your seniors or college going, siblings or cousins. Another way is to read our list of things you need to pack before leaving for college.

1. Clothes:

As you notice with all that is going around. The Kardashians are flaunting new dress in the Met Gala, Miley Cyrus is making circles in eccentric outfits, fashion scheme to alter with each passing day. It is essential that you pay closer attention to what you will be wearing when in college. 

Apart from regular clothes some of the items you might need for your day to day routine are:

  •         T-shirts
  •         Pants
  •         Pajamas
  •         Jeans
  •         Jacket
  •         Jersey
  •         Sweaters
  •         Underwear
  •         Purse
  •         Socks
  •         Shoes
  •         Sneakers
  •         Joggers
  •         Slippers

2. Toiletries:

You may think that your roommate may lend you her toothpaste or soap, but it gets embarrassing after some time. It is better to be self-sufficient. There are some personal preference which you can only fulfill if you buy the products for yourself. The other reason for having your toiletries set is that it is more hygienic.

These are the products that should be in your bag:

  •         Shampoo
  •         Soap
  •         Makeup Kit
  •         Towels
  •         Bathrobe
  •         Shower Caddy
  •         Toothbrush
  •         Toothpaste
  •         Face Wash
  •         Shower Gel
  •         Lotion
  •         Sunblock
  •         Hair Comb
  •         Bathroom cleaning material

3. College Supplies:

When starting college, you need all the stuff which will aid you in your study. An adequately packed bag can help you focus on your classes instead of running after one thing and another. A few articles which you will need for your routine college life are:

  •         Backpack
  •         Stationeries (pen, pencil, marker, paper, highlighter, erasers, ink, whitener)
  •         File Cover
  •         Course Books
  •         Notebooks
  •         Desk lamp
  •         Journals
  •         Calculator
  •         Sticky Notes
  •         Laptop
  •       Phone ring holder

4. Laundry:

You will have to do most of your laundry on your own. Some campuses provide you the laundry service, but for the most part, it’s you. Even the laundry services charge too much. So it becomes more of an emergency luxury.

To maintain a personal laundry service, you will be needing;

  •         Detergent
  •         Liquid soap
  •         Fabric softener
  •         Bleach
  •         Bucket
  •         Drying stand
  •         Soap
  •         Garment bag
  •         Iron
  •         Steamer
  •         Ironing stand or board

5.  Room Provisions:

When you move to college, your house shrinks down to the size of a room. It causes a problem for newbies as they have to put a finite number of objects in their place. It does not mean that you cannot keep things that you like, preferably you have to choose. It’s the matter of prioritizing what you require the most and only following that which you will be using.

No matter how you perceive it, you will have to leave some things behind. It is a part of growing up.

Some of the suggested materials are:

  •         Bed/mattress
  •         Bean bag chair
  •         Bedside table
  •         Fan
  •         Torch
  •         Chair
  •         Carpet
  •         Lava lamp
  •         Posters
  •         Hooks/hangers
  •         Storage boxes
  •         Clothes compartments
  •         Water jug/cooler
  •         Scented  candles
  •         White board

6. Food/Utensils:

Living away from home you have to worry about your dietary needs yourself. If you do not work for it, you will go hungry. It is as simple as that. Even if your hostel offers you three meals a day and an evening tea. Keeping something to eat in proximity is highly recommended. Those mid-night cravings can only be taken care of if you are well stocked.

You can even cook on your own, or some pre-cooked meal. A selection of choices in this regard are:

  •         Mini fridge (If  your campus allows)
  •         Snack  bars (candy, granola, chocolate, fruit)
  •         Ready to eat meals (canned soup, pre-prepared food items, MRE Packs)
  •         Microwave
  •         Electric kettle
  •         Noodles
  •         Popcorn
  •         Coffee
  •         Cream
  •         Peanut butter
  •         Salt and sugar packets
  •         Ketchup and mayonnaise

7. Medical Kit:

You will find that the place you stay at may not have proper medical supplies in case of an emergency. Thus, it falls upon to you to bring at least a basic medical kit. It does not need to be broad, just enough that you can deal with little aches and bruises.

Nowadays, many drug stores sell medical kits designed to deal with small to intermediate problems. You have to be confident that when you bring medical supplies with you, it must contain:

  • Prescription Pills
  • Aspirin
  • Pain medicine
  • Cold medicine
  • Flu drops
  • Vapor Rub
  • Antiseptic
  • Wipes
  • Bandages (Small for blisters, big for deep cuts, burns)
  • Cortisone cream
  • Multi-Vitamins
  • Pill Organizer


An ultimate packing solution can help you in sorting through all the frustrating to-do lists. When you walk into college at least, you will be free of mind and committed to your studies. Living life in a dorm can be a challenge for a newbie.

If proper help is given to pick out the right things for college, you will be able to make the right decisions.

College is that time of the life where a person makes mistakes, learns from them and evolves. It is better to let them learn on their terms. Ultimately, this will become an enriching experience.

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