TRC College Packing List


Congratulations to all the high school graduates! It’s time to move on to college! If you are moving away from home to attend college, the excitement of gathering items that you will need for your dorm room may cause you to forget important things. Take a look at the following checklist of college essentials, it might save you a good amount of time when you start packing up your college supplies!


  • No. 2 pencils or mechanical pencils
  • Ballpoint pens in variety of colors (for note taking purposes)
  • Notebooks or loose-leaf papers
  • Erasers
  • Sticky notes and flags (Many bookstores will allow students to sell their books back that haven’t been written in or highlighted! Use sticky notes to take important notes without writing in them!)
  • Ruler

Organization helpers

  • Stapler
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Paper clips
  • Backpack/messenger bag

Study aids

  • Index cards (Great for making flashcards)
  • Planner
  • Calculator (Check class requirement before getting one, some classes may not allow calculators)
  • Highlighters in a variety of colors
  • Folder with pockets

Basic Living materials

  • Laundry detergent
  • Laundry bag
  • Hangers
  • Cups, utensils, and plates
  • Water bottles
  • Cleaning wipes
  • Flip flops
  • Desk lamp for studying!!
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Toothpaste & Toothbrush
  • Comb
  • Lotion/facial moisturizer
  • Trash bags
  • Umbrella
  • Handheld vacuum cleaner
  • Alarm Clock


  • Laptop
  • Cellphone
  • USB flash drive
  • Power strips
  • Extension cords
  • Headphones
  • Internet cable (most campuses have Wi-Fi access, but sometimes there may be a lack of signal, hence having an Ethernet cord can be really helpful)