College 101: What Should I Buy For College?

Hey readers!! If you’re new here from another blog post I’ve recently written, welcome! Thanks for coming along my chaotic life. So this blog post will be strictly a list of things you’ll need for college. I’m going to break it down into parts, the way it’s going to work is like this.

I’ll make a bullet point list for those that are living on campus and then for those that are commuting. The commuting list will be a lot smaller but it’s generally what you’ll need to get to school on time and kind of save money. I’m then going to make a list of the things you’ll need to purchase for classes overall in college. At the end of my post, I may give links to where you can get coupons or save some money on your items that I’ll be listing. If you have suggestions as well or questions please leave them on the bottom of this post for others to read it, thanks for coming and hope you enjoy!


Update: Disclaimer, there are affiliate links placed around the blog post. I may or may not receive income from this post due to some of the links thrown around for your help. I am in no way shape or form asking you to click on these links. These links are from my research of cheap products but also GREAT products that I recommend to anyone of you. SOME LINKS are NOT affiliated links, they are just links from brands that i’ve found to recommend to you, I am NOT sponsored in this blog. These are my own opinions for you. There are very little affiliate links!


Living On Campus Essentials: 

Room Supplies and Essentials



  • Bedbug-protecting mattress cover
  • Mattress pad ( I heard the more you buy for your bed the better and the comfier the bed)
  • Comforter, bed set.
  • Pillows
  • Pillowcases
  • Throw blanket


  • Bottled water
  • Granola bars
  • Popcorn
  • Cereal
  • Coffee
  • Coffee Creamer
  • Sugar
  • Microwaveable mac and cheese
  • hot pockets
  • Ramen
  • Soup
  • Instant oatmeal
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • bread

Kitchen Supplies


  • Air freshener
  • Shower curtain and rings (if needed)
  • Shower Mat
  • Shower organizer (if your school allows it)
  • Upgraded showerhead (if your school allows it)
  • Bathroom Rug
  • Shower shoes
  • Shower cap
  • Bath Pouf
  • Loofah
  • Washcloths
  • Towels
  • Bathrobe
  • Tumbler/cup
  • Bathroom cleaning supplies (if you need them for your dorm: i.e., drain cleaner, glass cleaner, rubber gloves, shower cleaner, sponges, toilet brush, toilet cleaner)
  • Scale



  • Self-tanner
  • Bar soap
  • Body wash
  • Lotion
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Cleanser
  • Moisturizer
  • Mask
  • Acne medicine/cream
  • Shaving Cream
  • Waxing strips
  • Hair removal cream
  • Deodorant
  • Sunscreen
  • Foundation
  • Concealer
  • Bronzer
  • Blush
  • Highlighter
  • Eye cream
  • Eyeshadow
  • Eyeliner
  • Mascara
  • Eyebrow pencil
  • Lip balm
  • Lipstick
  • Makeup remover
  • Hair gel
  • Hair mousse
  • Hairspray
  • Nail polish
  • Nail polish remover
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Antibacterial Gel


  • Hand mirror
  • Toothbrush
  • Floss
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Razor
  • Tweezers
  • Hairbrush/comb
  • Bobby pins
  • Blow-dryer
  • Diffusers
  • Hair curlers
  • Curling iron
  • Hair straightener
  • Hair ties & Clips
  • Contacts, solution, and case
  • Tissues
  • Makeup brushes
  • Nail clippers
  • Nail files
  • Tampons and pads
  • Toilet paper
  • Shower Caddy


  • iron and iron board
  • drying rack
  • laundry bags
  • lint brush
  • quarters
  • sewing kits
  • detergent
  • bleach
  • softner
  • dryer sheets


Overall Checklist (including commuters)

  • gas for your car (don’t want to be on E when you have a test in 30 minutes)
  • bring a lunch
  • headphones
  • bring water and snacks for classes
  • extra pens and pencils one may stop working.
  • make sure your car is always good in the sense of your tires
  • carry your jumper cables with you just in case battery goes out.
  • iPhone chargers/laptop and tablet chargers
  • a book to read or something to do while you’re waiting for classes.
  • your needs for classes (notebooks and such)
  • money (never know when you’ll need it)


Honestly, think this should cover it! 🙂 thanks again. comment if you have suggestions or anything else to add and help out others.


Love always,




College 101: What Should I Buy For College?

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