10 Essentials Your College Student Needs for Back to School

10 Essentials Your College Student Needs for Back to School

Back to school season is here for our college students. Many parents don’t know what to send with their college kids, but they need back to school supplies just as much as anyone else. If you’re sending your student off to college soon, here’s a list of 10 essentials they’ll need for back to school.

1) Computer

It is hard to get through college without a computer. Your best bet is to go to Walmart for an inexpensive laptop. Computers are super cheap nowadays, but they are an essential for college students heading back to school.

2) School Supplies

Your college student will also need the basic school supplies needed to get through school. Pencils, paper, folders, binders, pens, and so on.

3) Household Items

Most college students are living on campus, which means they need the right household items. Some household items they may need include a lamp, bedding, fan, and even an area rug or other cool dorm decor.

4) Laundry Supplies

Something that may come as a shocker to your college student is doing their own laundry. For back to school, stock your college student up with laundry items like a laundry basket, laundry soap, hangers, and maybe a few month’s supply of quarters.

5) Toiletries

It does seem like the list is never ending when you have a college student heading back to school. Add toiletries to that list. Basic items like over the counter medicine, shower caddy, shower supplies, hair products, shower shoes, toothbrush, toothpaste, nail clippers, tweezers, shaving supplies, and so on. Have your college student make a list of everything they may need to go back to school, toiletry wise.

6) Clothing

No college student going back to school is complete without a few new sets of clothing. New socks, underwear, pants, shirts, sweaters, pants, pajamas, and some dress clothes. You thought back to school was expensive for your elementary student, wait until college.

7) Backpack

Your college student will be doing a lot of walking, which means they will need a sturdy backpack. Some college students, these days, use rolling backpacks to help save their backs. Why not?

8) Bicycle

Some college students take their cars to school, which is great, but not all freshmen can have cars on campus. An essential for back to school for college students may be a bike. Being able to get places is important and a bike can help with that! It’s a low cost item too, so they don’t need to worry about parking plus bicycles are low maintenance.

9) A Job

Yes, one thing your college student will need for back to school is a job. I add this to the list because it’s often something that is forgotten about. Have your college student contact the college, during the summer months, to see which positions are available on campus.

10) A Bank Account

Once your college student has that job, you will want to help them secure a bank account. A crash course on money is always good for your college student.

College students can’t be brushed to the side with their back to school list. Their back to school list is way longer than anyone else’s and just as important. What essentials does your college student need for back to school?


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  1. Such a great list! I feel like it was just yesterday that I was packing for college for the first time….I can’t believe it’s been over a decade now!

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