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If you’re heading off to college for the first time this fall, congrats! It’s such an exciting time— picking out your classes, meeting your roommate, making new friends. Although exciting, moving away from home and into a new space with a new person can be nerve-wracking at first. A good packing list to get you prepared for move-in day won’t necessarily calm all of your first-day jitters, but it hopefully will make you feel a little more ready.
As someone who just graduated from college, the chaos of dorm room shopping is fresh in my mind. I also remember the items I used everyday and the items I was convinced I needed, but sadly never made it out of their packaging. That’s why this list exists — to give you some guidance that will hopefully make your college shopping process a little less hectic.
Shop our picks for college essentials below: