college packing list

The College Packing List that Goes Beyond Bed Bath & Beyond! {FREE PRINTABLE}

Summer vacation is flying by and freshman move in day is right around the corner. It’s time to get ready! There are tons of “complete college packing lists” out there, but we guarantee that you won’t see all of these items on there – even though you should. From time saving apps and music memberships, to Emergen-C and Ethernet cords, you’ll definitely want to read on and update your own packing list.

Amazon Student Membership:

Students get a free 6-month trial with an Amazon Student Membership including FREE Two-Day Shipping on eligible purchases. They also receive unlimited streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows, access to unlimited photo storage, as well as Student-exclusive deals and discounts. After the trial ends, you still receive a discount on Amazon Prime, including all Prime benefits, for four years or until you graduate, whichever comes first.

Music Streaming Subscriptions:

Nothing sets the tone quite like music. Whether you need upbeat music to wake you up, soothing music to lull you to sleep, or calm music to study by, these music-streaming services fit the bill.

Spotify – student discount $4.99/month, free version available

Apple Music – student discount $4.99/month

Pandora – student discount $4.99/month, free version available

Time-saving Apps:

Wunderlist – Manage to do lists, set reminders and collaborate with friends and classmates on projects

Quizlet – Quizlet makes simple learning tools that let you study anything.
Genius Scan – never lose an important paper or document again! Genius Scan is a scanner in your
pocket. Quickly scan your documents on the go and export them as JPEG or multi-page PDF files.

Remember the Milk –stop thinking about your to-dos, and let the app remember for you. It can sync with all your devices and integrate with your calendar, emails, Twitter and other time management tools.

Venmo and Paypal – make purchases and send money to family/friends with either of these apps.

Cloud Storage/Backup:

These are great if you need more space than your computer can handle, or if you just want to have important photos and documents backed up somewhere safe and sound.

DropBox – $8.25/month for 1T or 2GB Free

Google Drive – Basic account offers 15 GB of free storage across Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos. 1T for 9.99/month

iCloud – 5G Free, 200GB 2.99

Items you might not think to bring but should:

    • Printer
    • Humidifier
    • Small step stool.
    • Window fan/ac unit
    • Brita Pitcher
    • Safe or a shoe locker for locking up valuables
    • Ear plugs and a sleep mask
    • Noise cancelling headphones
    • Room darkening curtains
    • Extension cords and a power strip
    • Duct tape
    • First aid kit
    • Ethernet cords for computers and gaming systems. (wifi can be very slow on campuses)
    • Thick egg crate or memory foam mattress topper
    • Extra long phone charger cords, to reach top bunk
    • Hand held garment steamer (not a lot of room for ironing boards)
    • Antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizer
  • Emergen-C and/or other immunity building vitamins
  • Extra pillow or backrest pillow
  • Skinny hangers for clothes or Wonder Hangers. (Closet space is extremely limited.)
  • Health insurance card – accidents and illnesses can happen during your Freshman year so it’simportant to have this with you when you need it
  • Credit card – open a credit card to use for emergencies. If you are responsible enough, makea few small purchases every month that can be paid off in full to start building credit. Also, consider opening a bank account on campus; they are typically geared towards students and a convenient location comes in handy when you don’t have a car!




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