The Ultimate College Packing List for 2020 – According To A College Student

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The summer before freshman year of college: characterized by stress, excitement, stress, fear and more stress when you don’t have all the dorm room essentials by August. You’ll have grad parties to attend and if you don’t already know your roommate, you’ll soon find out late July. If you’re like me, everything you have to do may make you want to disappear into a black hole.

However, here at ‘Perhaps, Maybe Not’, we are a calm and stress-less bunch. We will get through this wild time together. To take some of the stress and weight off your shoulders, I have created the ultimate dorm room essentials checklist featuring everything you’ll need while you’re away at college. You’ll feel right at home at your home away from home.

Also, before you buy or pack anything, check your school to see if they have any restrictions. For me, extension cords aren’t allowed which is why power strips are a must.

At the bottom, you can find your FREEBIE which is a checklist with all these items on it! Another added plus to check out are the 200+ discounts you get being a college student.


Desk Essentials

Wall Decor


The “Kitchen”


  • Shower Caddy
  • Towels (2-3)
  • Hair Towels (2)
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Pads/Tampons
  • Dryer/Straightener/Curler
  • Shampoo + Conditioner
  • Hair Elastics
  • Makeup
  • Skin Care Items
  • Waste Bin
  • Tissues
  • Nail Polish
  • Cotton Balls
  • Lotion/Moisturizer
  • Shower Flip Flops
  • Washcloths (3)
  • Toothbrush
  • Mouthwash
  • Retainer
  • Hairbrush
  • Body Soap
  • Dry Shampoo
  • Bobby Pins
  • Makeup Remover Wipes
  • Deodorant 
  • Robe
  • Nail Clippers
  • Nail Polish Remover
  • Razor

First Aid + Medications

  • Bandaids
  • Tweezers
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Vaseline
  • Decongestant
  • Eye Drops
  • Aleve/Advil
  • Cough Drops
  • Sunscreen
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Thermometer
  • First Aid Kit
  • Cold Medicine
  • Hot + Cold Packs
  • Aloe Lotion
  • Vitamins
  • Allergy Medicine

Laundry Supplies

Cleaning Supplies

Electronic Stuff

  • Power Strips
  • HDMI Cord
  • Chargers
  • TV Cable Cord
  • Batteries
  • Speaker
  • Surge Protector 
  • Extension Cord
  • TV
  • Laptop
  • Earphones

Other Stuff



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