The Ultimate College Packing List from Her

Today I’m sharing my ultimate college packing list as I go into my sophomore year of college! There are so many posts about how much you desperately need to bring all these crazy things. Because college living spaces are notoriously undersized, over-packing can be a big issue. When it comes to actually packing what you need, the below items should definitely get stuffed into your parents’ van.


  • comforter or quilt
  • two sets of twin XL sheets
  • two regular pillows
  • two throw blankets!
  • mattress topper/pad


  • a bright desk lamp, or one with multiple settings
  • sticky notes
  • lots of index cards
  • black pens
  • one set of colored pens
  • 3-4 highlighters
  • a pack of number two pencils
  • legal pads/preferred note taking system
  • folders
  • filing system
  • your planner of choice
  • ruler
  • calculator


  • plastic shower caddy
  • cheap flip flops or shower shoes
  • 2-3 towels
  • a modest robe
  • personal toiletries
  • hand soap for the sink in your room


  • coffee maker
  • mugs
  • coffee
  • tea
  • non-perishable food items
  • microwave
  • microwaveable dish
  • paper/styrofoam plates
  • plasticware
  • water bottle
  • tupperware for leftovers
  • canned soup


Continue reading this article and get a free printable checklist for your college packing over at Her!

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