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Australia STUDENT LIFE New Students Things you cannot go without when packing for college


Things you cannot go without when packing for college

Making sure that you have everything you need for college is a difficult and frustrating task.  We have created a list of the essential items that you cannot go to college without.

Clothes and LaundryNew back pack

•    Bring enough casual clothing for warm and cool weather
•    About 2 weeks-worth of sock and underwear because you never know when you can do your laundry
•    Broken in walking shoes
•    Backpack
•    Rain coat
•    A bag or basket for you dirty clothes
•    Laundry detergent and fabric softener
•    Stain remover
•    Quarter for the laundry machine



One of each:

  • Microwave-safe plate
  • Microwave-safe mug
  • Microwave-safe bowl
  • Cupeating utensils
  • Fork
  • Knife
  • Spoon
  • A plastic drying rack for your dishes to be placed on after washing them
  • Detergent for the dishwasher (if you have one)
  • Sponge and a towel for your dishes and cups
  • Plastic baggies
  • Plastic containers so that you can store extra food
  • A water bottle that can be refilled and a travel mug
  • Consider bring a crock pot if you dorm allows it


  • Granola/Power bars
  • Trail mix
  • Mixed nuts
  • Dried fruit
  • Beef jerky

toothbrush and toothpaste
•    A plastic shower basket that can hold your soap, shampoo, conditioner and other items
•    A pair of flip-flops that you can use in the shower
•    A towel and/or bathrobe
•    A hand towel
•    Dental items:
    o    Toothbrush
    o    Toothpaste
    o    Floss
    o    Mouth wash






desk lampRoom Aesthetics

•    A set of plastic shelves that will allow you to store miscellaneous items and keep you organized
•    You favorite posters, banners, flags and both tape and wall pins
•    Desk organizer.  Something that will allow you to organize pens, paper clips, staples, etc
•    A desk lamp that will allow you to study late at night
•    A set of bed sheets, blankets, and pillows – check the size of your bed with your college’s housing office
•    A couple storage container that can easily slide under the bed


Miscellaneous Items

•    A lock for you bike and possibly a helmet
•    USB port for you computer files
•    Blank CDs for backing up your computer

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