Your Ultimate Guide to Packing for College

We’ll admit it: packing for school can be really really stressful, especially your first year. Luckily, we’re here to help. We’ve listed all of the important things that you’ll need for your bedroom, and ranked them by importance with a bit of commentary to help. Good luck and we can’t wait to see you in Happy Valley!

BEDROOM

ITEM COMMUNALITY IMPORTANCE COMMENTS
Clothing No *****
Sheets/blankets No *****
Lights No *** The provided lighting is obnoxious in that it’s either bright as hell or pitch black at all times
Posters, decoration Yes or no * Don’t be boring
Hamper No ***
Detergent No *****
Dryer sheets/ fabric softener No **** Your clothes will get gross in the psu dryers otherwise
Towels, wash cloths No *****
Tissues No *****
Pillows No ****
Air freshener Yes or no *****
Fabric refresher Yes or no ****
Deodorant No *****
Painkillers, assorted meds Yes or no *****
Recreational books Yes or no **
Batteries Yes or no *****
Trash can No *****
Desk supplies No ***** Envelopes, thumb tacks, pencils and pens, sticky notes, etc.
Disinfectant No **** Wipes or spray
Power strip No *****
School supplies No ***** Notebooks, folders, binders, textbooks, etc.
Extension cords No **** Technically not allowed?
Storage containers No ****

 

BATHROOM

ITEM COMMUNALITY IMPORTANCE COMMENTS
Toothbrush No *****
Toothpaste No *****
Floss No ***** Even if you don’t use it, have it
Mouthwash No ***** Even if you don’t use it, have it
Shampoo Yes or no *****
Body wash Yes or no *****
Face wash Yes or no ****

 

MISCELLANEOUS

ITEM COMMUNALITY IMPORTANCE COMMENTS
Television Yes ***
Consoles Yes **
HDMI cord Yes or no *** Will come in handy more than you think

 

FOOD (OBVIOUSLY HIGHLY VARIABLE)

ITEM COMMUNALITY IMPORTANCE COMMENTS
Peanut Butter or Cheese Crackers Yes or no ** Fast protein yo
Chips and salsa Yes or no ***
Peanut butter Yes or no ***** Versatile protein
Cereal Yes or no ***** Cheap fast breakfast
Granola bars Yes or no ****
Oatmeal Yes or no *** Cheap fast hot breakfast
Sugar Yes or no ***** Extremely useful
Tea Yes or no ***** TEA THO
Popcorn Yes or no ***
Assorted snacks Yes or no *****

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