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Packing for College: the Ultimate College Packing List

Preparing a student to leave for college is no easy task, and your to-do list can get intimidatingly long. There are classes to select, books to buy, and travel arrangements to make for move-in day.

Oh, and did we mention packing? What should your student bring with them? Where should you shop? What do they need? What don’t they need?

Relax. While packing your student for college may feel like an overwhelming task, it doesn’t have to be. In fact, you might even have some fun with it.

We’ve compiled the ultimate packing lists for living with roommates, the what not to pack list and some obvious things your college student should bring. Browse the lists below, or use the following links to download printable PDFs with all of the tips and lists you need to help your student pack.


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The Complete 1st Year College Packing List

Coordinating with Roommates

What NOT to Pack

3 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Laptop for College

Top 10 Items to Bring

Bring or Buy?

(Print all 5 above lists here.)

Are you starting the packing process now? Check out our article to find tips for a stress-free packing experience.

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The Complete 1st Year College Packing List Coordinating with Roommates Top 10 Items to Bring What NOT to Pack Bring or Buy?

The Complete 1st Year College Packing List (click for PDF)Download the printer-friendly PDF.

Don't delay! Book your room for MOVE IN DAY before the hotels fill up!

The Complete 1st Year College Packing List Coordinating with Roommates Top 10 Items to Bring What NOT to Pack Bring or Buy?

Coordinating with Roommates (click for PDF)Download the printer-friendly PDF.

Think ahead! Plan your visit to campus for Family Weekend. View hotels now!

The Complete 1st Year College Packing List Coordinating with Roommates Top 10 Items to Bring What NOT to Pack Bring or Buy?

Top 10 Items to BringDownload the printer-friendly PDF.

Book early to get the best holiday travel deals for Thanksgiving Break.

The Complete 1st Year College Packing List Coordinating with Roommates Top 10 Items to Bring What NOT to Pack Bring or Buy?

What NOT to BringDownload the printer-friendly PDF.

Beat the rush: Find your student's flight home for Winter Break

The Complete 1st Year College Packing List Coordinating with Roommates Top 10 Items to Bring What NOT to Pack Bring or Buy?

Bring or Buy?Download the printer-friendly PDF.

Now that you have packing for college under control, get your travel reservations out of the way. Remember to book hotels and flights for your visits to campus (Move-in Day, Family Weekend, Homecoming, and Move-out Day). Don’t forget your student’s travel arrangements to and from campus for Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring Break!Plan ahead at travel.UniversityParent.comDownload the entire guide.

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