As you prepare to head off to school, you are likely thinking about what you should bring and what you can leave at home. Having a college survival kit can provide peace of mind, particularly if you are living on your own for the first time.


Practical Items for Your Kit


A college survival kit is the perfect way to have everything in one place to help you manage your first year away at college. Here are 10 practical, no-nonsense items for your college survival kit.


  1. Collapsible clothes hamper. College dorm rooms are notoriously small, so bring a collapsible clothes hamper to store away under your bed or in your closet when not in use.
  2. Ear plugs. It is possible that your new roommate might snore at night or like to listen to hard rock music while studying. Ear plugs will save friendships and allow you to get rest at night.
  3. Tool kit. A screwdriver, scissors, batteries, candles, and duct tape are handy for small repairs or emergencies in the dorms.
  4. Shower caddy. Keeping all of your toiletries in one handy location makes it simple to grab it and go. Add a pair of flip flops or water shoes to avoid having to trek back to your room across dirty carpeting.
  5. Keychain for your dorm room keys. Make friends with your R.A. quickly by using a keychain to keep track of your dorm room keys, you can even make your own using your graduation tassel.
  6. Sewing kit. Mom will not be around to mend a rip or sew on a button. Unless you make friends quickly with someone who has those skills, a small sewing kit can be a lifesaver!
  7. Power strips. Sharing a room with limited outlets can be a challenge. Bring a power strip to ensure that you both have enough outlets for all of your electronics.
  8. Book light. A book light is a nice way of not disturbing a roommate if they like to go to sleep before you but you still have studying to finish.
  9. Medical kit. Packing cough drops, bandages, burn ointment, and aspirin for minor medical emergencies may help you avoid an unnecessary trip to the student health center.
  10. Snacks. Reduce the likelihood of the famous Freshman 15 by adding nutrient-rich, low-calorie snacks to your kit, such as dried fruits, multigrain crackers, and 100-calorie snack packs.


Building a college survival kit will help you overcome the difficulties of living away from home. It can also help you conserve your cash and make the transition from high school to higher learning easier.