The only things you have to pack for college in 2020

February 13, 2020rumaisah

Freshman college packing list
Packing for college is one of the hardest things to do in this world, especially as a fresher.

I know there are a countless number of packing lists available on the internet today but trust me, most of them are outdated or not accurate. You will end up buying things you don’t need or things that might not even fit in your tiny dorm room.

In this post, I will be listing all the important things that you will need to pack for college. I’m not saying my list is the best but so far, it’s the best! Let’s get into it.

The only things you have to pack for college

Before I start, I will like to mention that this is a general list, meaning it contains only the basic things that you will surely need sooner or later. You are free to add whatever you want to add.

I will also list some items at the end that will be nice to have but not essential. You might want to check first with your roommate (if they already have them) and your school (if they are allowed or not)

Without any other delay, let’s get into it:

Dorm room

Sheet sets
Laundry basket
Mattress cover/protector
Throw pillows
Small blanket
Storage organizer
Drawer organizer
Alarm clock or wall clock
Plastic storage bin
Hanging racks
Shoe rack

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Personal care and bathroom essential

Bath towel
Hand towels
Face towels
Shower cap
Toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss
Nail clippers
Hair products
Skincare products
Shower caddy
Shower flip flops
Face and body wash
Shaving cream and sticks
Cotton pads

Cleaning supplies

Disinfecting wipes
Trash can
Air fresheners
Paper towels
Broom and dustpan
Hydrogen peroxide
Disinfectants like Dettol


Power bank
Flash drive
Extension box
Electric kettle

The only things you need to bring to college | the ultimate college packing list for 2020


Desk organizer
Stapler and staples
Stick notes
Pencil case

Kitchen essentials

Food flask
Microwave if allowed
Mini fridge if allowed
Electric cooker
Water bottle
Ziploc bags


the ultimate college packing list for 2020

I honestly can’t mention anything here since we all have a different fashion sense. You should make sure you check the weather in the country where your college is and pack your clothes based on that. If the weather there is cold, consider taking more hoodies, jackets, a sweater with you and if it’s a hot place, you will want to pack clothes that light like gowns, skirts, etc. this part is all yours to customize it however you want. Don’t forget to pack your undies though.

Not essential but will be nice to have

Here are a few things that you might not need all the time but will come in handy some days:
A small sewing kit
Board games
A portable speaker
Water filters

Final thoughts

I hope this answers your question about what to bring to college. I tried to make this list as general as possible and I mentioned only the essential things you will ever need as a college freshman.

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Don’t forget that you’re always free to bring any additional items that you think you need. After all, the first year of college is all about exploring and making mistakes. After your first year, you can take the things you didn’t use at all home or donate them!

Make sure you check out these great posts all related to college, you will find something helpful here:

-what’s in my college backpack?
-my skincare routine as a college student
-10 ways to be a better student this year
-10 things I wished I knew before I went to college

That’s all I have for you, I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did while writing it.

What was your first year of college like, what were some things you took to college but never used them before? What are some things you can’t live without in college? Let me know all about it in the comments section below or on our Instagram page!

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Comments (4)

  • Jaya Avendel

    February 16, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    A neat packing list of essentials! I love that you have a ‘would be nice to have’ list, for those who might end up with a little extra room.
    I learned the hard way it is almost human nature to pack too much and regret it later, so handy, first-hand lists are always nice to have.

  • The Newbury Girl

    February 16, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    This was a really great packing guide for uni. Totally agree that some lists appear outdated or unrealistic – I always LOL when I see “dorms” in tv shows or movies that look unrealistic based on what most students experience. Thankfully I learned to pack less and less each year I went back to school LOL!

  • Nancy

    February 16, 2020 at 11:30 pm

    Even though I am not in college anymore, this gave me some major throwback vibes! YESSS ON A LOCK BOX!! It is not that you don’t trust your roommates, it is that you deserve to have an extra sense of security. Thanks for sharing this comprehensive list! Other college students would love this list!

    Nancy ♥

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