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Do You Have a Student Leaving Home for School Soon?

Posted by Rebecca L McMurry on

Vacations are coming to an end and summer is winding down which of course means Back To School and more structure in our lives. 

Most college students begin heading to campuses this week or next. Here is a checklist to help you gather everything needed. Items in color are available at GiftsOnSite. 

Wondering how everything will fit in the car? We sell boxes or we can pack and ship what will not fit. Let us help make the transition to college easier for you and your student.

Linens/Laundry Supplies
  • Sheets and pillowcases (2 sets. Check with college for size needed — some college twin beds are extra long.) Add a monogram
  • Towels (3 each of bath, hand and face) Add a monogram
  • Pillows (2) Add a monogram
  • Mattress pad (check with college for size needed)
  • Blankets (2)
  • Comforter/bedspread
  • Clothes hangers
  • Laundry bag/basket
  • Laundry detergent, fabric softener and stain remover
  • Lint brush
  • Mini sewing kit
Office/Desk Supplies
  • Electronic storage media such as memory cards and USB flash drives
  • Stapler and staples
  • Printer paper (if you decide to bring a printer)
  • Pens and pencils
  • Pencil holder and sharpener
  • Notebooks
  • Folder with pockets
  • Labels of various sizes
  • 3 × 5 index cards
  • Sticky notes
  • Paper clips and binder clips
  • Rubber bands
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Highlighter pens (multiple colors)
  • Ruler
  • Stackable desk trays (at least 4)
  • Stamps and envelopes
Electronics
  • Laptop (printer is optional; there are usually computer labs where you can print)
  • Portable speakers (if you want to play music from laptop/MP3 player)
  • HDMI cord, Ethernet cord for computer (check if your room has wireless)
  • Surge protector
  • Extension cords
  • Camera
  • Cell phone covers
  • Cell phone earphones
  • Touchscreen stylus
  • USB car charger
  • Dual End Mini & Micro USB Sync & Charge Cable
  • iPhone/iPad Sync & Charge cable
  • USB Wall charger 
Clothing
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Pants/jeans
  • Shirts/blouses
  • Sweats
  • Pajamas
  • Slippers
  • Flip-flops
  • Sweaters
  • Light/heavy jackets
  • Gloves/scarf/hat (and other foul-weather gear as needed)
  • 1 pair of boots
  • 2 pairs of sneakers or comfortable/walking shoes
  • 1 set of business-casual clothes
  • 1 pair of dress shoes
  • 1 swimsuit
Household and Kitchen Items
  • Paper towels
  • Tea Towels
  • Wet It Dish Cloth
  • Lightbulbs
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Plastic storage bags
  • Food-storage containers
  • Dish soap
  • Wet wipes
  • Tissues
  • Bowl, plate and cup
  • Coffee mug
  • Water bottle
  • Silverware
  • Can/bottle opener
  • PocketMonkey Multi-tool
Miscellaneous
  • Umbrella
  • Book bag/Backpack
  • Lunch bag
  • Tote bags
  • Overnight bag
  • Sports equipment
Toiletries
  • Antacid
  • Aspirin or other pain relievers
  • Vitamins
  • Antidiarrheal medicine
  • Adhesive bandages, antibiotic ointment
  • Cough drops
  • Shower caddy
  • Shower shoes (flip-flops)
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Hairstyling products
  • Bath and face soap
  • Travel soap container(s)
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Dental floss
  • Comb/brush
  • Tweezers
  • Nail clippers
  • Hair dryer/straightener/curling iron
  • Razor and shaving cream
  • Lotion and/or facial moisturizer
  • Cotton swabs
Supplies Shared Items - Check with roommates
  • Audio equipment
  • TV and DVD player
  • Coffeemaker/hot pot/microwave, if allowed
  • Small refrigerator (if one isn’t provided)
  • Area rug
  • Posters/art
Room Needs/Storage
  • Bedside lamp
  • Alarm clock/clock radio
  • Mini trash can
  • Storage bins
  • Under-the-bed storage trays
  • Desk lamp
  • Fan
  • Drying rack for laundry
  • Bulletin board and pushpins
  • Dry-erase wall calendar/board
  • Mini toolkit (including screwdriver, hammer, wrench)
  • Picture hangers (double-sided tape for concrete walls)

     

     


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