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Teen Health 411
Teen Health 411

What To Take To College

Here is a list that you can revise and print to help with the accumulation and packing for college!

Kitchen Needs
  • Plastic bowl and cup
  • Coffee cup
  • Fork, knife, spoon
  • Can/bottle opener
  • Chip clips
Room Needs/Storage
  • Bedside lamp
  • Alarm clock/clock radio
  • Wastepaper basket
  • Milk crates or other sturdy storage cubes (a collapsible crate also comes in handy for carrying laundry or other things)
  • Stacking baskets
  • Under-the-bed storage trays
  • Desk lamp
  • Fan
  • Adhesive hooks, tacky adhesive, and mounting tape
  • Bulletin board and push pins
  • Dry erase wall calendar/board
  • Toolkit
Electronics
  • Computer and printer
  • Phone cord/Ethernet cord for computer
  • Headphones
  • Camera
  • Surge protector
  • Extension cords
  • 3-2 prong adapters
  • Portable CD or cassette player or IPod (great to use at the gym)
Linens/Laundry Supplies
  • Sheets and pillowcases (2 sets. Check with school for size needed—some college twin beds are extra long.)
  • Towels (3 each of bath, hand, and face)
  • Pillows (2)
  • Mattress pad (Check with school for size needed—some college twin beds are extra long.)
  • Blankets (2)
  • Comforter and duvet cover (makes laundering easier)
  • Clothes hangers (wire takes up less space, plastic are easier on your clothes)
  • Laundry bag/basket
  • Laundry stain remover
  • Roll(s) of quarters
  • Sewing kit
Toiletries/Misc
  • Pepto-Bismol®
  • Imodium®
  • Aspirin or ibuprofen
  • Vitamin C
  • Neosporin®
  • Band-Aid® bandages
  • Cough drops
  • Shower tote
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Body products
  • Traveling-soap container(s)
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Dental floss
  • Comb/brush
  • Tweezers
  • Nail clippers
  • Hair dryer
  • Razor and shaving cream
  • Lotion and/or facial moisturizer
  • Q-tips®
Office/Desk Supplies
  • CD-ROMs/Memory Sticks
  • Phone/address book
  • Assignment book
  • Heavy-duty stapler and staples
  • Printer paper/ink
  • Pens and pencils
  • Pencil holder and sharpener
  • Notebooks
  • Pocket folders
  • Labels of various sizes
  • 3 x 5 cards
  • Post-it® notes
  • Paper clips
  • Rubber bands
  • Scissors
  • Highlighter pens (multiple colors)
  • Ruler
  • Stackable desk trays (at least 4)
  • Hanging files or folders
  • Dictionary and thesaurus
  • Stamps/envelopes
These Can Be Purchased Upon Arrival
  • Paper towels
  • Trash bags
  • Lightbulbs
  • Ziploc® bags
  • Kitchen storage containers
  • Laundry detergent (tablets are easiest to manage)
  • Fabric softener (sheets are easiest to manage)
  • Wet wipes
  • Tissues
Clothing Guidelines
  • 21 pairs of underwear
  • 21 pairs of socks (more if you play sports)
  • 7 pairs of pants/jeans
  • 14 shirts/blouses
  • 2 sets of sweats
  • Pajamas
  • Slippers and/or flip-flops
  • 2 sweaters (if appropriate)
  • Light/heavy jackets
  • Gloves/scarf/hat (if appropriate)
  • 1 pair of boots
  • 2 pairs of sneakers or comfortable/walking shoes
  • 1 pair of dress shoes
  • 1 set of business attire
  • 1 set of semi-formal attire (optional)
Shared Items (Check with roommate(s) to avoid duplication.)
  • Audio equipment
  • TV and VCR/DVD player
  • Coffee maker/hot pot
  • Microwave/toaster oven
  • Small refrigerator
  • Area rug
  • Posters/art
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Dr. Brown is a developmental psychologist specializing in adolescent health.

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