The Uber-Complete College Dorm Packing List

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by Joan and Nancy on August 13, 2010

(Update: Julie’s Uber-Complete College Dorm Packing List is now updated for 2012! For more great tips and advice for moms of college students be sure to check out our other blog, Practical College Moms.)

My daughter, Julie, is the queen of organization. When she left for college she created a packing list. Now known as “the list,” every summer I get numerous calls from friends with students heading off to college asking, “Do you have a copy of Julie’s list? Can I have it?”

When Joan and I started writing this series, I called Julie and asked her to recheck “the list.” Julie and her fellow teammates on The University of Nebraska Swim Team looked it over and made more additions. (Thanks to all!) If you use the list, your student might forget one or two small things but I can guarantee it’s pretty darn complete. Note: it’s created by girls…guys will obviously not need some of the things on the list. So here it is, Julie’s Uber-Complete College Dorm Packing List.

Other articles in this series:

The Practical Mom’s Guide to Outfitting Your Student for College: Dorm Life

The Comforts of Home in the Dorm

Dorm Tech Tools and Office Supplies

Practical Storage Ideas & Assembling Health Kits for the Dorm


We’ve got a new blog!  Check it out at:

Practical College Moms

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Jennifer Knickerbocker August 17, 2010 at 10:29 am

This is a great post and I really like how you have links to the series. I wish I had info like this when I was in college!

Beau August 21, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Too bad Jonny isn’t that organized!

Alexis January 12, 2011 at 10:44 pm

This is the most practical, comprehensive list I’ve seen! Thank you for the great advice :) Ziplock bags? Totally would have forgot them! Same goes for the paper towel and dixie cups as well. Thank you :)

Brenda June 16, 2011 at 11:23 am

What a great list! The first year my son went off to college we did not have everything he needed. Your list will make it so much easier to get my daughter off to college. We took your list and shopped at and found almost everything that my daughter needed (except for the medicine and computer of course) and are having it shipped directly to her school. Luckily all we will have to do now is pack all of her clothing, accessories, things from home and of course get food! Thanks again

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