The Most Outrageously Thorough, Ridicously Detailed College Shopping List You Will Ever See

Use the suggestions to help you decide what to buy before you leave for college, bring from home and especially what you don't want to forget.
06/09/2013 04:58 pm ET Updated Aug 09, 2013

Where you go to school and how you get there (by car, train, bus or plane) and your housing (live in a residence hall, fraternity/sorority house or off-campus student apartment) will determine whether you take boxes filled with your belongings in the family car and/or send some things by UPS, US Post Office, FEDEX or some other means.

This list is not meant to be followed piece-by-piece; the items are what current college students suggest I include. Use the suggestions to help you decide what to buy before you leave for college, bring from home and especially what you don't want to forget.

1. Bathroom & Toiletries

• Bath mat• Bath towels & washcloths• Bed raisers• Body wash/soap• Cotton balls• Deodorant• Flat iron• Floss• Hair brush/comb• Hair dryer• Hair products• Lip balm• Lotion• Mouth wash• Nail clippers & files• Q-tips• Robe• Shampoo & conditioner• Shower caddy• Soap & soap dish• Suction hooks• Sunscreen• Tissues• Toilet paper• Toothbrush & toothpaste• Toothbrush case• Travel bag for toiletries

For Men only: • After-shave• Electric shaver• Razor/s• Shaving cream or gel

For Women only: • Curling iron• Face wash• Feminine hygiene products• Hair ties and clips• Makeup• Makeup wipes• Moisturizer• Nail polish & remover• Tweezers

2. Bedding

• 2 sets of Extra-long sheets• 2 sets of pillow cases• Comforter or duvet and cover• Electric blanket• Lightweight blanket• Mattress Pad (extra-long)• Pillows

3. Cleaning Supplies

• Dish soap• Glass cleaner• Hand soap• Lysol wipes• Mini-vacuum and/or hand vacuum• Rags or towels (at least 2) to clean up messes/dry dishes• Shower cleaner• Sponge• Stain remover• Swiffer hand duster• Swiffer sweeper • Toilet bowl cleaner & brush

4. Clothing, Shoes & Accessories
If you're moving to either a warm weather or cold climate, you might want to wait to purchase new clothes until you get there. You're more likely to find more and weather-appropriate styles, and find them less expensive

• Baseball hat(s)• Bathing suit• Belts• Flip-flops• Gloves• Jackets/coats• Jeans• Leather boots• Pajamas• Rain boots• Rain jacket• Running shoes• Sandals• Shorts• Slippers• Socks• Sunglasses• Sweaters• Sweatpants• Sweatshirts• T-shirts (long & short-sleeved)• Tank tops• Ugg boots• Underwear• Vest• Watch• Winter jacket• Workout clothes

For Men only: • Blazer or jacket• Dress shirts• Dress pants• Dress shirts• Mittens• Suit (if you have one)• Ties

For Women only: • Blouses• Bras• Clutch for going out at night• Dresses• Heels (at least 1 pair of classic black for dress up occasions)• Jewelry• Leggings• Purses• Scarves• Skirts• Tights

5. Cooking & Kitchen
If a kitchen is a part of your college living arrangement, you might consider:

• Can & bottle openers• Coffee pot • Coffee & filters• Cups• Favorite recipes• Funnel• Knife• Portable blender• Microwave (if permitted & not provided by school)• Microwaveable plates, bowls, etc.• Mugs• Paper towels• Reusable water bottle• Salt and pepper shakers• Small refrigerator (if permitted & not provided by school)• To-go coffee cups - hot & cold• Storage containers• Utensils • Ziploc baggies

6. Desk & School Supplies

• 3-hole puncher• Backpack or book bag• Binders• Blank CD's• Calculator• Calendar• Cell phone• Cell phone charger• Computer (laptop or desktop)• Cord organizer• Cup/container for pens & pencils• Desk chair seat pad• Envelopes• Erasers• Ethernet cable• Expanding file folder• External hard drive to back up work/data• Extra printer ink• Flash drive• Folders• Ipad• Index cards/flashcards• Laptop carrying case• Laptop lock• Lamp & light bulbs• Loose-leaf lined paper• Mouse & mouse pad• Noise-cancelling headphones for studying• Notebooks• Paper clips• Pencils, pens, highlighters etc.• Pencil sharpener• Planner• Post-it notes• Printer, paper, & ink• Rubber bands• Ruler• Scissors• Stamps• Stapler & staples• Stationary or cards• Sticky tabs• Surge protectors/power strip• Tape - scotch, masking, & duct• Thumbtacks• Waste basket• White out• Wireless internet router/modem (unless provided by school)

7. Entertainment

• Books• Camera• CDs• Deck of cards• DVDs• iPod/MP3 player• Headphones• Speakers• Sports equipment: Basketball, Boogie board, Frisbee, Football, Roller-blades, Skateboard, Surfboard, Tennis racquet • TV • Video game system & games

8. Health, Medications, Emergency & Safety Items

• Acne treatment• Alcohol (rubbing, not drinking)• Antibacterial ointment (like Neosporin)• Bandaids• Birth control• Contact lenses, case, and solution• Condoms• Cough drops• Emergency contact information• Eye drops• First-aid kit• Flashlight• Hand sanitizer• Health insurance card• Hydrogen peroxide• OTC medications (Advil or Tylenol, Benadryl, Nyquil, Pepto Bismol, Vick's Vapor Rub)• Pepper spray• Prescription medications• Prescription glasses• Retainer & case if applicable• Social Security card• Thermometer• Vitamins

9. Laundry Supplies

• Detergent• Fabric softener• Iron & small ironing board• Laundry basket/bag (one with wheels makes large loads easier to transport, pop-up bags store easily)• Quarters for washers and dryers• Sewing kit• Stain remover

10. Miscellaneous

• Batteries• Beach towel• Bicycle & U-Lock• Bug spray• Checkbook• Debit/credit cards• Ear plugs• Extension cords• Extra phone charger• Housing information• ID/driver's license• Keychain• Lap desk• Mini-reading light• Passport (if you have one)• Safety pins• Shoe inserts (ball of foot & heel for girls wearing high heels)• Sleeping bag & air mattress for retreats, guests, etc.• Student ID card• Tape measure• Tool kit with hammer, nails, screwdriver, screws, duct tape, pliers• Umbrella

11. Snacks/Food

• Healthy Cereals• Crackers• Granola bars• Honey• Oatmeal packets• Peanut butter• Popcorn• Microwaveable soups• Nuts and dried fruits• Ramen• Sugar packets• Sweetner packets• Tea/Coffee

12. Storage & "Stuff" for Your Room

• Air freshener• Alarm clock• Baskets for small items, hair stuff• Cork/bulletin board• Dry-erase board and pens• Fan• Garbage bags• Hangers• Hanging closet storage• Message board for door• Photos• Pictures• Posters• Poster putty• Rug• Shoe racks• Small mirror to put on desk/dresser• Sticky hooks & over the door hooks• Under-bed and in-closet storage bins

Things You Would Probably Forget Without This List

• Cable cord• Duffle/overnight bag for short trips• Dish bin to carry dirty dishes/utensils to sink• Drying rack to hang-dry clothes• Garment bag to protect dressy clothing• Lint roller• Memory foam mattress topper - makes a huge difference on dorm beds• Space bags to store out of season clothes.

Finally, before you leave for college in the fall, remember the famous "momism": "You'd forget your head if it wasn't screwed on!"

Please don't forget your head!