Packing Checklist for College


If you’re moving out of province to college for the first time, it can feel like you have a million things to remember before you go. A proper packing list and help from a dependable Halifax moving company can guide you to a solid plan for what you need to prepare.

Packing Checklist for College

The moving process does not need to be stressful if you plan. Check out our list of essentials as you pack and organize for your college move.

Clothing and Accessories

If you’re moving across Canada, you’ll want to think long and hard about which clothes you take with you. It may mean donating, selling and giving away what you don’t need, and prioritizing the clothes you expect to use during your time at college. For example, if you’ll be returning home in the fall, the chances are you won’t need all your winter essentials.

After you’ve downsized, you’ll be ready to pack the basics for your wardrobe. Before you start packing for college, make sure you’ve decided on a long-distance moving company beforehand and planned the details.

These are the essential clothing and accessories you might need:

    • Plenty of socks and underwear
    • A few pairs of jeans and shorts
    • Several t-shirts
    • One or two formal outfits for special occasions
    • Shoes for different purposes (casual, workout, formal, and so on)
    • Workout clothes and casual wear
    • Sweaters, sweatshirts, and outerwear for cold weather
    • Warm winter clothes as necessary
    • Hangers to help you stay organized


A couple of sets of linen is important if you’re pressed for time to do laundry during the week. Pack away doubles of all your bedding and bathroom basics well ahead of time to make sure you’re covered for the upcoming year.

    • Fitted sheets
    • Blankets
    • Pillows
    • Pillowcases
    • Towels
    • Washcloths
    • A mattress cover

Bathroom supplies and toiletries

You shouldn’t be too far from a store, but it is easier to bring your bathroom basics with you initially. Feeling fresh and clean from day one is a great start and helps you to jump into a healthy daily routine.

    • Toothbrush and toothpaste
    • A comb or brush
    • Shampoo, conditioner, soap, and shower gel
    • Skincare products
    • Deodorant
    • Nail clippers, razors, and an electric trimmer
    • Flip flops for showering in a shared bathroom

Kitchen and Eating Supplies

While you may be at the mercy of your dining hall, you’ll also want to bring any kitchen or dining supplies appropriate for your dorm.

    • A microwave-safe plate or food storage box
    • Eating utensils (spoon, fork, and knife)
    • A portable coffee maker
    • An electric kettle (if your dorm permits it)
    • Reusable water bottle
    • Travel coffee or tea mug
    • Your favourite snacks, tea, coffee, and other drinks

Personal Devices and Other Electronics

These things might be at the top of your list already, but having the right technology in your dorm room can be a game-changer.

    • A smartphone or laptop, and the corresponding charger
    • A power strip to plug in everything conveniently in one place
    • An electric fan or space heater
    • A minifridge if it is allowed
    • A wireless speaker to play your favorite music

Anything else that you can’t live without

If you have a favorite hobby, such as a sport, music, or any other pastime, bring the necessary equipment with you. If it’s special to you, it’s better to have it accessible while you’re on campus. Some of this equipment might include:

    • A musical instrument
    • Sports equipment
    • Art materials and utensils
    • Your favorite camera and photography accessories
    • Anything else related to a hobby that you love having in your life

Not only will this give you an outlet between classes and studying, but it can help you to find new friends at school with shared interests.

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