What to Pack for ISU

It’s about that time to move in and start classes! But first, you might want to make sure you have everything you need packed. I have compiled a list of things you might have forgotten about or to just double check to make sure you have! I am definitely a person who likes to have a list, so I hope this helps you out. Make sure you consult with your roommate so that both of you aren’t bringing a futon and microwave. Make sure that you don’t forget about some pictures or decorations that will make you feel more at home. Welcome to Iowa State, fellow Cyclones! 🙂

Bedding

  • Mattress pad
  • Pillows & cases
  • Twin XL bed skirt
  • Twin XL sheet set (& an extra set)

Room

  • Additional seating (beanbag chair, comfy chair, futon etc.)
  • Adhesive hooks and strips (that come off cleanly)
  • Air freshener
  • Alarm clock
  • Rug
  • Bed risers
  • Bulletin board/dry erase board
  • Closet organizer
  • Full-length mirror
  • Hangers

Laundry

  • Bleach/stain remover
  • Drying rack
  • Fabric softener
  • Laundry detergent
  • Laundry hamper or bag
  • Lint brush

Food

  • Bottled water
  • Easy food & snacks: Cereal, Easy Mac, popcorn, Ramen
  • Coffee/hot chocolate

Kitchen Supplies

  • Can opener
  • Coffee maker/Keurig
  • Dish towels
  • Dishes (bowls, plates, cups) & utensils
  • Dish washing soap
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Microwave
  • Mini fridge
  • Paper towels
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Sealable plastic bags
  • Swiffer
  • Trash bags or plastic bags

Bathroom

  • Bath towels/bathrobe
  • Hand towels & washcloths
  • Shower caddy
  • Shower cap
  • Shower shoes

Toiletries

Products

  • Body wash or soap
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Face wash
  • Hair gel or mousse
  • Hairspray
  • Lip balm
  • Lotion
  • Makeup & remover
  • Nail polish & remover
  • Shaving cream
  • Toothpaste, floss, & mouthwash

Supplies

  • Blow dryer
  • Bobby pins, hair ties/clips, headbands
  • Brush
  • Contacts, solution, glasses, and case
  • Cotton balls & Q-tips
  • Curling iron/hair straightener
  • Hand mirror
  • Tissues
  • Nail clipper/file
  • Razor
  • Sunglasses
  • Feminine products
  • Toothbrush (holder if needed)
  • Tweezers

Clothing

  • Athletic sneakers
  • Bathing suits
  • Belts
  • Bras
  • Casual & formal dresses
  • Everyday purse
  • Jeans
  • Jackets
  • Jewelry/watch
  • Leggings
  • Pajamas
  • Pants
  • Professional clothing (dress, dress pants, button-down shirts, skirts, blazers, shoes, purse)
  • Raincoat
  • Shorts
  • Shoes (Flip flops, flats, heels, sneakers, rain boots, slippers)
  • Skirts
  • Socks
  • Spandex
  • Sports bras
  • Sweatpants
  • Sweatshirts
  • T-shirts
  • Tank tops
  • Underwear
  • Winter gear (gloves, hat, boots, coat, scarf)
  • Workout clothes

Tech

  • Batteries
  • Chargers (phone, laptop, camera, etc.)
  • DVD player/game counsel
  • Ethernet cable
  • Extension cords
  • Flash drives
  • HDMI cable
  • Headphones (& spare set)
  • iPod/MP3 player
  • Lap desk
  • Laptop & case
  • Microsoft Office
  • Printer and ink
  • Surge protectors
  • TV & stand

Documents

  • Car registration and insurance info
  • Copy of birth certificate & Social Security card
  • Debit/credit card & checks
  • Driver’s license
  • Emergency contact list
  • Health/dental insurance cards
  • Passport
  • Student ID

Desk/School Supplies

  • Backpack or tote bag
  • Binders & paper
  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Clicker (if you need one for class)
  • Desk lamp
  • Desk organizer
  • Erasers
  • Folders
  • Glue
  • Highlighters
  • Index cards
  • Notebooks
  • Paper clips
  • Pencils (sharpener)
  • Pens/colored pens
  • Planner
  • Post-it notes
  • Rubber bands
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Stamps
  • Stapler & staples
  • Tape
  • Textbooks

Medical

  • Allergy medicine
  • Bandaids/First aid kit
  • Humidifier
  • Thermometer

Misc.

  • Art supplies
  • Beach towel
  • Bike (& a lock)
  • Earplugs
  • Fan
  • Flashlight
  • Light bulbs
  • Playing cards
  • Safety pins
  • Sports equipment/yoga mat
  • Tool kit
  • Travel/weekend bags/travel organizer for toiletries
  • Umbrella
  • Small Vacuum – may be provided

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One response to “What to Pack for ISU”

  1. Brandilynn Smith says:

    I have to say this is a life saver for me, I had no idea what I should and shouldn’t bring to my dorm once the fall of 2016 hits. I like knowing what all I need way ahead of time and thank you so much.

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