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College Essentials Checklist by Robin Dance

Do you have a child who’ll be starting his or her freshman year in the next month or so? Trying to determine what he’ll need to take with him to college? Thanks to UGA for sending us their list of great ideas, adapted below with affiliate links to Amazon to make shopping simple as pie. Be sure, too, to check out my “Checklist” for Parents over at The Art of Simple; these two go well hand in hand.


Dorm Room, Bed & Bath


Personal items and toiletries

  • ear plugs
  • ibuprofen or acetaminophen
  • antacid
  • Pepto-Bismol
  • cosmetics
  • Hair dryersfirst aid kit
  • bandages
  • soap
  • shampoo
  • toothbrush and toothpaste
  • razor and shaving accessories
  • hair products
  • hair dryer
  •  prescription meds
  • sunglasses
  • nailclippers

ID and banking

  • ATM card
  • checkbook
  • insurance card
  • social security card
  • passport

School supplies

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  • pens and pencils
  • spiral notebooks
  • calculator
  • scissors
  • stapler
  • paper clips
  • tape
  • Post-it notes
  • Command strips
  • dry erase board


  • Yeti cupsumbrella
  • flashlight
  • pepper spray
  • sports equipment
  • bicycle and lock
  • can opener
  • water bottle (Yeti’s are fantastic!)
  • hammock

Can you think of anything not listed? DO chime in in comments!


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