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A to Z: What To Bring To College

kateapollokateapollo Posts: 133- Junior Member
edited January 6 in College Life
1) This is a composite, alphabetical list of what to bring to college.

2) If you have worthy suggestions about what else a student might like to bring, please list it. If you have specifications-- like what types of bandages students should bring, or what snacks are popular in dorms etc-- please list it as well.

Other than that, just ignore items on the list you don't think are necessary and don't complain about it, because it doesn't help anyone.


This composite list is very much for Gianievve and LiquidPaper, two people who were kind and appreciative towards my effort and wanted to see a composite list. Here it is. Thank you. :)

I apologize to those who I annoyed by posting various categorized lists about what to bring to college. I am NOT spamming or trying to sell anything.
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  • kateapollokateapollo Posts: 133- Junior Member
    Acne/cleansing wash and acne cream
    Address book
    Alarm clock: very important! J
    Alcoholic drinks if you’re over 21
    Allergy medicine: Claritin or Benadryl or other anti-histamine
    Anti-Itch cream: for bug bites (also good if you’re going to do road-trips off campus to mountains/lakes on weekends etc)
    Atlas-- any cartographers out there? A world or nation atlas is informative

    Backpack/messenger bag
    Balls: Basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, volleyballs, baseballs, tennis balls
    Bandages and band-aids: for sprains and cuts
    Batteries, especially AA
    Bicycle, helmet, LOCK
    Binders
    Bins or boxes for storing papers/folders
    Blanket: fleece or thermal
    Bleach
    Blender
    Board games (Monopoly, a chess or checkers set etc)
    Body lotion
    Bookcase: find a slim, tall bookcase if you’re pressed for space. It’s good for organizing text and literary books; of course you can store anything on it-- from food to board games to boxes of cleaning supplies. Great storage. If it’s a shorter bookcase, you can put decorations atop it-- pictures, a vase etc.
    Bottle opener
    Broom or short-handled brush with dustpan (if you don’t care for vacuums or Swiffers)
    Brush: get a good scrubbing one for cleaning grout/tough stains
    Bucket: get a sturdy one for use in cleaning/mopping
    Bug spray (to keep your skin from those awful mosquitoes etc)
    Bulletin board with pins

    Cable/wiring organizer: for your computer wires
    Calendar: to keep track of the date and days; dry-erase calendars are awesome for scrawling in important events and then erasing for the next month
    Calculator or graphing calculator
    Camera-- at least a disposable one
    Can opener
    Cds
    CD cases, or soft-cover CD folders which are more space efficient and easier to carry
    Cereals, cereals, cereals
    Chair: a comfortable one, not a desk chair, but more of a reading/relaxing seat. Try the:
    a) butterfly chair http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?order_num=-1&SKU=106741&RN=665&BTSMode=true
    b) Egg chair http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?order_num=-1&SKU=106742&RN=665&BTSMode=true or
    c) the classic beanbag
    Chair cushion: if you don’t want to bring or buy a desk chair, buy an attractive seat cushion for the chair that the college provides
    Chips
    Clothes:
    Clorox Disinfecting Wipes are amazing, easy to use and leave a good scent http://www.clorox.com/solutions_disinfecting_wipe.html
    Coffee
    Coffee machine
    Cold and cough medicine: Robitussin/Dimetap
    College-rule line paper
    Colored markers and colored pencils
    Comb or hairbrush
    Comforter
    Computer-- Laptop or Desktop or Notebook.
    Conditioner (hair)
    Condoms/birth control pills/contraceptives etc.
    Contacts
    Contact lens case
    Contact lens solution
    Containers: small plastic or mesh containers for small accessories (paperclips/tape/white-out/jewelry/makeup)
    Cooking pans and pots
    Cordless Phone and/or Cell Phone: very important!
    Correspondence: Various cards or letter paper, for birthdays or congratulations etc
    Cough drops/lozegnes
    Cotton balls: many uses, including for applying/wiping off make-up, applying antiseptics to cuts and wounds
    Cotton facial pads: for applying or removing foundation and other make-up, also for applying facial lotions, toners and astringents
    Curling iron (hair)
    Curtains: if your dorm room doesn’t provide curtains, an attractive set of curtains can help bring color and life to your room
  • kateapollokateapollo Posts: 133- Junior Member
    Day planner, dayrunrer, agenda etc
    DayQuil/NyQuil
    Decorator’s Lamps: these are pretty, inexpensive ways to light up your room and add color http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?order_num=-1&SKU=106706&RN=262&BTSMode=true and http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?order_num=-1&SKU=106682&RN=262&BTSMode=true and the ubiquitous http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?order_num=-1&SKU=105258&RN=262&BTSMode=true
    Deodorant (can’t forget that!)
    Desk chair-- colleges provide a desk chair, but it often isn’t as nice as the one you probably have at home. A good desk chair that swivels and is on wheels is great
    Desk lamp: many stores sell extremely inexpensive and colorful desk lamps (http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?order_num=-1&SKU=106573), but the more expensive ones are worth it too (http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?order_num=-1&SKU=11809880)
    Desk organizers: http://www.containerstore.com/browse/Product.jhtml;jsessionid=IIO5AFKIZPMPFQFIAILCM44AVABBOJVC?PRODID=61551&CATID=71793&searchId=796531&itemIndex=19
    Dish bin to carry any plates/flatware etc to dorm sink
    Dish detergent
    Diskettes
    Dry-erase markers
    Drying rack (for wet laundry-- dryers are often all occupied by the time your clothes are clean from the washing machine, so a drying rack might be helpful)
    DVD player or VHS
    DVDs or Videos

    Eating Utensils: inexpensive utensils OR disposable plastic utensils will do: packs of disposable OR two to four inexpensive sets of knives, spoons, forks, cups, mugs, plates, bowls
    Eggshell pad or mattress pad or mattress foam
    Electric lights: like Christmas lights you put on your tree or around your house-- small strings of white-light bulbs can be lovely strung around the edges of your ceiling
    Envelopes (white, letter type)
    Erasers (Staedtler erasers are amazing http://www.officedepot.com/ddSKU.do;jsessionid=0000Fazictr5fPBah7f05v6-jP4:10irjpv6n?level=SK&id=120451&uniqueSearchFlag=true&Ntt=staedtler+erasers&An=text)
    Eye drops

    Fabric softener for the dryer
    Facial lotion (especially if you’re in a colder climate and your skin will tend to dry out more easily)
    Favorites books
    Febreze: excellent to temporarily rid clothes (and blankets, pillows, etc) from odors http://www.homemadesimple.com/febreze/products/original.shtml
    Files and expandable filing folders
    Flashlight
    Floss
    Folders-- with pockets and three-prongs
    Folding chairs/tail-gaiting chairs/folding lawn chairs-- any easy, folding chair that you can quickly prop open for guests or haul down to the game for tail-gaiting is a plus
    Footstool (if you’re vertically challenged)
    Foreign Language Dictionary: for whatever language you’ll be taking in college
    Foreman Grill
    Fragrance: perfume or cologne, or body sprays
    Frisbees!
    Fruit: apples, bananas
    Fruit juices-- orange, apple, grape, tomato
    Futon: a bed at night, great for seating two or three visitors or for watching TV

    Gatorade and other sports/electrolyte drinks
    Glasses
    Granola bars, Nutri-Grain bars
    Graphing paper

    Hair dryer
    Hairbands/hair pins for ladies
    Hairspray/sculpting cream
    Hammer
    Hand-held electronic games (Gameboy etc)
    Hand and feet cream (Neutrogena makes the effective and inexpensive Norwegian formula http://www.neutrogena.com/ProductsDetails_12.asp)
    Headphones-- very important-- both to block out annoying sounds from your roommate or keep music your roommate doesn’t like to yourself
    Highlighters
    Hot Pot: I love this thing. Quick and easy and hot, no need for an electric kettle or coffee machine or microwave with it http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?order_num=-1&SKU=11904270
    Hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol
  • kateapollokateapollo Posts: 133- Junior Member
    I-Pod or other music player (MP3, CD player)
    Internet access software/wiring
    Iron
    Ironing board

    Kleenex or other facial tissue

    Laptops and desktops: for work/studying, but plays your music and DVDs as well
    Laptop case
    Laundry basket: a lot of people prefer the sturdy plastic baskets to laundry bags. Can hold folded clothes better as well
    Laundry detergent
    Laundry Hamper or Bin: hampers are always useful; some of us use canvas bins with handles to toss wet towels and dirty clothes in; others have large mesh or canvas laundry bags (folding hampers are great if you need space)
    Lip balm
    Lint-roller
    Loofah/sponge or wash towel
    Lysol, especially the sprays and the all-purpose cleaners (though the scent is sometimes too strong)
    http://www.lysol.com/solutionsfinder.shtml

    Make-up (a lot of more low-maintenance girls I know often just go with the basics-- foundation or tinted moisturizer for covering up flaws, mascara and lip gloss or a lipstick)
    Manila envelopes (for papers or reports that you don’t want folded)
    Map-- of your country, your state, the world, your college campus
    Masking tape
    Microwave
    Milk
    Minifridge or Microfridge
    Mints or minty gum
    Mirror-- a good mirror, from full length http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?order_num=-1&sku=13657653&RN=241&BTSMode=true to vanity mirrors to overhang mirrors
    Mop
    Mouse
    Mouse pad
    Mouthwash
    Multi-vitamins (especially vitamin C, when you’re trying to keep your immune system up around cold season)
    Muscle Relief: Salonpas http://www.salonpas-usa.com/salonpas.html or Icy Hot Patches or Thermal Patches for aches
    Musical instrument/music books

    Nail clippers
    Nail file
    Nail polish remover
    Neosporin
    Nightstand: if you’ve got room, nightstands are nice-- put a small lamp and your reading books atop it. Looks pretty and if it has drawers, it offers more storage space for whatever you’d like.
    Notepads

    Oxi-Clean gets rid of stains http://www.oxiclean.com/laundrysub.asp?MainNav=Products&SubNav=Laundry
  • kateapollokateapollo Posts: 133- Junior Member
    Pack of playing cards
    Pain and fever relief-- Tylenol, Advil, ibuprofen
    Paperclips
    Paper towels
    Pencils
    Pencil case/container
    Pencil Sharpener
    Pens: regular blue, black and red; have at least one, nicer ball-point pen as well
    Photos and picture frames
    Pillows
    Pine-Sol: the original scent is great, it’s good for floors
    http://www.pinesol.com/original.shtml
    Plants: IF you can take care of them. They’re lovely and it’s nice to have some green in your small dorm room
    Plasti-tak http://www.teachersparadise.com/c/product_info.php/cPath/22/products_id/25260 or other mounting material that won’t leave stains or holes on the walls
    Popcorn
    Pop-Tarts
    Posters, of course (www.allposters.com)
    Post-its
    Powder drink mixes: They are cheaper to buy than sodas, and all you need is a large pitcher of water and a spoon. Powdered lemonade and Kool-Aid are cheap and easy to make.
    Power strips (because you’ll only have so many electrical outlets)
    Printer Paper (white)

    Q-Tips: tons of uses-- for cleaning the insides of your ears, for applying or removing make-up, etc

    Radio/stereo
    Ramen/Cup Noodles (of course)
    Razor, shaving cream and aftershave for males
    Religious texts: if you’re religious, bring your Bible or Koran or Torah etc.
    Reusable water bottles, like Nalgene bottles
    Robe
    Roller-skates or ice-skates
    Rolls of coins or your laundry card
    Rubber bands
    Rug!: to add attractiveness to the bare tile or wood floor of your room-- and keep your feet warm when you slip out of bed winter mornings

    Safe or lockbox for valuables: jewelry, watches, etc-- actually, any box with a lid will do to store your valuables in, just as long as you don’t leave your bracelets, watches, rings etc lying around
    Screwdriver
    Shampoo (if preferred, you can pour your shampoo or conditioner in small plastic bottles with flip tops-- see Container Store-- to save space in your shower tote)
    Sharpies or any other permanent marker (thick and thin)
    Shaving lotion, gel or body wash for shaving
    Shaving razor
    Sheets: at least two and preferably three different sets of sheets for your bed, often college beds are extra-long twin size
    Shot glasses
    Shower caddy/tote: should have a hole or holes in the bottom, for drainage
    http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/searchSKU.asp?order_num=-1&SSTR=shower+tote&go=1&
    Shower shoes (flip-flops)
    Small pair of nose hair scissors (gross, I know, but for any overgrown hairs from your nose)
    Snapple/other tea brands
    Soap or body wash
    Soap container: it’d be best to have a container for it, so the other items in your tote won’t get soppy and sticky. Bed Bath and Beyond has some handy plastic soap cases with latches
    Sofa or armchair: if you can fit at least a small one into your room, go for it!
    Soup: Campbells’ makes microwavable soups http://www.campbellsoup.com/soup_at_hand.asp?cpovisq=
    Spiral notebooks
    Sponge: get one for cleaning dishes, another for cleaning your dorm/bathroom
    Spray bottles, clear: for various uses-- holding cleaning fluid for example http://www.containerstore.com/browse/Product.jhtml;jsessionid=043A0ZJIH0PAPQFIAIMCM5GAVABBMJVC?PRODID=66186&CATID=77006&searchId=795976&itemIndex=1
    Stamps
    Stapler and staples
    Steamer or Footlocker: these are more expensive, but they’re usually attractive and add character to the room. You can store extra blankets or out of season clothes in them. If you have room, they look good at the base of a bed. You could also sit on it or store books or knickknacks atop it.
    http://www.containerstore.com/browse/Product.jhtml;jsessionid=XOKN0ATDP5DOXQFIAILCM5GAVABBOJVC?PRODID=59717&CATID=250&searchId=796335&itemIndex=2
    Stomach Relief: Ah, Pepto Bismol.
    Straightening iron (hair)
    Sunglasses
    Suntan lotion
    Swiffer Dry: extremely easy to use, quick and easy to clean (just dispose of the cloth after use; hard to pick up more than lint and hair, however
    Swiffer Duster: excellent and easy to hold and maintain http://www.homemadesimple.com/swiffer/usenglish/products/dusters_hand.shtml
    http://www.homemadesimple.com/swiffer/usenglish/products/dry.shtml
    Swiffer Wet: use like a mop, very easy to use and leaves a great fresh scent
    http://www.homemadesimple.com/swiffer/usenglish/products/wet.shtml
    Swim goggles
  • kateapollokateapollo Posts: 133- Junior Member
    Tape measurer
    Tape dispenser and clear tape refills
    Tapestries: hang them up on the wall, above your bed, etc http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/searchSKU.asp?order_num=-1&SSTR=tapestries&go=1&
    Teabags
    Three-hole punch adapter
    Toaster oven
    Toothbrush
    Toothbrush case: Bed Bath and Beyond has a great little plastic toothbrush container with a latch, so the bristles of your toothbrush don’t get all gross jumbled next to everything else in your shower tote or caddy
    Toothpaste
    Towels (at least two sets each of bath towel, hand towel, face towel etc)
    Trash Can
    Tree Floor Lamp: these are good because you can use one lighting source to illuminate different parts of your room-- in a tiny room, one light can be aimed at your desk, the other at your bed while you read, the other at the ceiling. They range from inexpensive and colorful http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?order_num=-1&SKU=13630607&RN=262&BTSMode=true to more polished
    http://www.officedepot.com/ddSKU.do;jsessionid=0000hmRVSYgdX9JLKpJCSADDFtT:10ggnmsj6?level=SK&id=263648&uniqueSearchFlag=true&Ntt=tree+lamp&An=text
    TV
    Tweezers

    Umbrella- a good, sturdy one

    Vacuum: any slim, lightweight one will do. It doesn’t need to be an expensive, bulky vacuum to get the job done.
    Vacuum: hand-sized, to clean up dust in corners, on desks etc
    Example: http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?order_num=-1&SKU=13645957
    Vaseline: or petroleum jelly. It’s oily and sticky, but if you don’t have lotion or lip balm handy, a spot of Vaseline will do it.
    Video game console
    Video games
    Multi-vitamin
    Vick’s Vapo Rub: I always put this on my chest and throat when I’m sick
    Vitamin C: to keep up your immune system during cold season
    Vitamin E: this comes in two forms-- one is in a gel-like pill, the other is in a small glass jar. The ingestion of vitamin E is supposed to soften your skin, strengthen your hair. The vitamin E in a jar-- vitamin E oil-- is often put on scars or stretch marks to advance healing and lighten the scar
    Vitamin D/Oscal: to keep your bones strong

    Washcloths or washrags: use old ones for rinsing or drying dishes, and cleaning floors
    Water bottles
    Water filter pitcher http://www.brita.com/index.shtml and replaceable filters
    Water pitcher: a regular one, if you don’t want filtered
    Waterless hand sanitizer http://www.purell.com/original.aspx
    Whiteboard with dry-erase markers (lots of people hang these outside their rooms so friends can leave messages)
    White-out or correctional fluid (I prefer the rolling, tape-dispenser-like white-out)
    Windex or other window cleaner; the wipes are especially handy
    http://www.windex.com/mirror-cleaner/
    Writing Basics: a writing style book, a dictionary, a thesaurus

    Thanks you guys! Hope it helps.
  • xsabres9xxsabres9x Posts: 88Registered User Junior Member
    ...all I'm bringing is:

    -Slate Tablet PC
    -desktop pc + monitor
    -2 suitcases of clothes


    very nice list tho :D
  • redski59redski59 Posts: 1,381Registered User Senior Member
    Wow Kate! This is very helpful! We should be the ones to thank you! :)
  • PEALS-05PEALS-05 Posts: 585Registered User Member
    That's a long list. I haven't really thought about half of that stuff.

    But of course, thank you. :)

    Redski: Are you going to be at USC too? I am going to be in Parkside dorms this fall. :)
  • LiquidPaperLiquidPaper Posts: 385Registered User Member
    This is awesome! Thank you so much for putting in the time and effort to make this composite! It's a long list and I'm sure that a lot of energy was spent collecting this info. Honestly, screw anyone else who thinks these lists are pointless. That may be the case for a tiny minority, but there are many prefrosh who would like as much help as they can get (i.e. ME). I like the pointer of contributing things that people think could benefit us. Once again, thanks for your help and please, just ignore people who think otherwise. There will always be negative people on boards, so just let it be.
  • gianievvegianievve Posts: 1,821Registered User Senior Member
    Thank you kate!
  • sucharitasucharita Posts: 3,820Registered User Senior Member
    wow that's a really comprehensive list!
  • beck86njbeck86nj Posts: 805Registered User Member
    I don't understand why you're so bothered by the thought of people posting other opinions on the things you suggest. I agree that it's great that you made up this list, but I think that the addition of other opinions can only make it more useful. For example, "yes, I also found item x useful, but for a different reason," and "item y could come in handy, but you might want to think about [concern] before bringing it," are both helpful.

    For instance, you list a Foreman Grill. That could come in handy, but anyone who wants to bring one of those would need to refer to school-specific documents on what is (and isn't) allowed in dorm rooms.
  • kateapollokateapollo Posts: 133- Junior Member
    "I don't understand why you're so bothered by the thought of people posting other opinions on the things you suggest"

    This is because, on previous lists, I was personally insulted and derided merely for listing certain things that other posters did not agree with or find necessary. They seemed to feel as if they were justified in bickering and complaining about my lists when in actuality they could simply ignore what they did not find necessary and leave it at that.

    "I think that the addition of other opinions can only make it more useful. For example, "yes, I also found item x useful, but for a different reason," and "item y could come in handy, but you might want to think about [concern] before bringing it," are both helpful."

    I agree. Anyone is free to be helpful, it's the personal insults and complaining that I feel is unwarranted and won't help anyone in the long run, other than exposing gracelessness and empty argumentative tendencies.
  • redski59redski59 Posts: 1,381Registered User Senior Member
    Hey Kate, I'd suggest that you ask the moderators to make this thread a sticky. Then it will stay on the main page without people having to bump the thread.
    Redski: Are you going to be at USC too? I am going to be in Parkside dorms this fall.
    Hey Peals, I'm in Parkside too! 6-person suite!
  • Mackie45Mackie45 Posts: 713Registered User Member
    I'm just bring a toothbrush/toothpaste and a change of underwear. lol. Great list!
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