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Are You Prepared For College

It’s an exciting time when our child or grandchildren head off to college.  But it can also be a stressful time in making sure that everyone is prepared for this new chapter in his/her life.  Let Solidarity help you and your child or grandchild manage their finances by opening up a Checking account and possibly apply for a student credit card.  Already have an account?  Great, you’re off to a good start! 


Use this checklist to make sure you have everything you need at college.  These are just suggestions, so be sure to adapt this list to suit your own situation.


To save packing or shipping, it might make sense to buy some of these items after you arrive.  It might also make sense to pack for one season at a time and switch items when you go home during breaks.


Room Needs/Storage

  • Bedside lamp
  • Alarm clock/clock radio
  • Mini trash can
  • Storage bins
  • Under-the-bed storage trays
  • Desk lamp
  • Fan
  • Drying rack for laundry
  • Bulletin board and pushpins
  • Dry-erase wall calendar/board
  • Mini toolkit (screwdriver, hammer, etc.)
  • Picture hangers (double sided for concrete walls)


Linens/Laundry Supplies

  • Sheets and pillowcases (2 sets. Check bed size with college)
  • Towels (3 each of bath, hand and face)
  • Pillows (2)
  • Mattress pad
  • Blankets (2)
  • Comforter/Bedspread
  • Clothes hangers
  • Laundry bag/basket
  • Laundry detergent, fabric softener and stain remover
  • Lint brush
  • Mini sewing kit


Office/Desk Supplies

  • Electronic storage media (memory cards, USB flash drives, etc.)
  • Stapler and staples
  • Printer paper (if you are bringing a printer)
  • Pens and pencils
  • Pencil holder and sharpener
  • Notebooks
  • Folder with pockets
  • Labels of various sizes
  • 3 x 5 index cards
  • Sticky notes
  • Paper clips and binder clips
  • Rubber bands
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Highlighter pens (multiple colors)
  • Ruler
  • Stackable desk trays (recommend 4)
  • Stamps and envelopes



  • Laptop (printer is optional; there are usually computer labs where you can print)
  • Portable speakers (if you want to play music from laptop/MP3 player)
  • HDMI cord, Ethernet cord for computer (check if your room has wireless)
  • Surge protector
  • Extension cords
  • 3-2 prong adapters
  • MP3 player
  • Headphones
  • Camera
  • Cell phone


Shared Items — Check with roommate(s)

  • Audio equipment
  • TV and DVD player
  • Coffeemaker/hot pot/microwave, if allowed
  • Small refrigerator (if one isnt provided)
  • Area rug
  • Posters/art



  • Aspirin or other pain relievers
  • Vitamins
  • Antidiarrheal medicine
  • Adhesive bandages and antibiotic ointment
  • Cough drops
  • Shower caddy
  • Shower shoes
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Hairstyling products
  • Bath and face soap
  • Travel soap container(s)
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Dental floss
  • Comb/brush     
  • Nail clippers
  • Hair dryer/straightener/curling iron
  • Razor and shaving cream
  • Lotion and/or facial moisturizer
  • Cotton swabs



  • Underwear
  • Sweats
  • Pajamas
  • Slippers and/or flip-flops
  • Sweaters
  • Light/heavy jackets
  • Gloves/scarf/hat (and other weather gear as needed)
  • 1 pair of boots
  • 2 pairs of sneakers or comfortable/walking shoes
  • 1 set of business-casual clothes
  • 1 pair of dress shoes
  • 1 swimsuit


Household and Kitchen Items

  • Paper towels
  • Trash bags         
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Plastic storage bags
  • Food-storage containers
  • Dish soap
  • Wet wipes
  • Tissues
  • Bowl, plate and cup
  • Coffee mug
  • Water bottle        
  • Can/bottle opener



  • Backpack
  • Sports equipment



*Checklist provided by BigFuture CollegeBoard

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