How To Pack For College: Ultimate Checklist // Packing for College

I lived my whole life in one city. Two of my closest friends from high school came from different cities in Turkey. One of them goes to NY with me, well, other one is Serra. And obvi she is going to Paris. (check out the Paris tab people) But this is new for me. I have to pack FOR A YEAR. I have to do my OWN LAUNDRY. Make sure I EAT HEALTHY. Don’t forget to DO SPORTS. Keep up with my CLASSES which are in english and I NEVER HAD CLASSES IN ENGLISH. Maintain GOOD RELATIONSHIPS and have to make NEW FRIENDS. Learn to live in a room with 4 PEOPLE.

ugh. College is awesome! right?

So many of my friends haven’t started packing til 3-4 days ago. I have no idea how you can do that. I started 3 months ago to look online for lists. I first started putting  winterly clothes (it’s new york, it’s cold) in a box, including long pants and some t-shirts. Started choosing shoes, coats and makeup stuff a month ago. Couple of friends who have left said they had 4 luggages. I thought I would have less, so I told them WHAT!?!?! But guess what, I might even have more than 4. SHOES, COATS, AND ALL MY CAMERAS. All this stuff take space guys.

Don’t forget these:

  • Light/heavy jackets
  • 2 pairs of sneakers
  • 1 pair of dress shoes
  • Outfits to go out
  • 1 swimsuit
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Pants/jeans
  • Shirts/blouses
  • Sweats
  • Pajamas
  • Flip-flops
  • Sweaters
  • Sports bras
  • Casual dresses
  • Formal dress
  • Long-sleeve shirts
  • Short-sleeve shirts
  • T-shirts
  • Leggings/Yoga pants
  • Shorts
  • Skirts
  • Professional clothing (dress, dress pants, button-down shirts, skirts, blazers, shoes, purse)
  • Belts
  • Tights
  • Sweatpants
  • Sweatshirts
  • Jackets
  • Raincoat
  • Winter coat
  • Gloves
  • Workout clothes
  • Athletic sneakers
  • Boots
  • Casual shoes
  • Rain boots
  • Socks
  • Sunglasses
  • Bathing suits
  • Hats
  • Scarves
  • Watch
  • Everyday purse
  • Formal clutch
  • Going-out purse
  • Gym bag
  • Jewelry


  • Umbrella
  • Backpack


  • Towels
  • Flip Flops
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Toothbrush  & Toothpaste
  • Dental floss
  • Soap
  • Makeup
  • Razors
  • Hairbrush
  • Facewash
  • Deoderant
  • Detergent
  • Dryer sheets
  • Tissues
  • Nail Clippers
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Bandages


  • Laptop: Laptops are obviously a HUGE necessity for a college student.
  • Portable speakers
  • HDMI, Ethernet cable (check school, you need this if you don’t have a wifi)
  • Extension cords
  • Headphones


You will need this for bed: Sheets, Pillow case, Comforter

Stuff you can buy there with your roomie

  • Audio equipment
  • TV & DVD player
  • Coffeemaker/Keurig
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Mini fridge
  • Area rug
  • Posters/art
  • Cleaning supplies


I haven’t been there, so these are my starter pack ideas. Don’t finish packing before looking at this list. 





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