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Lion Guides: Packing for Columbia

As you get ready to arrive to Columbia, The Lion team has compiled various packing lists from current students for the most important things to bring to campus.  It’s up to you to determine what to bring and what to buy later. During NSOP, Columbia operates a shuttle to Bed Bath & Beyond, so you can save on packing weight and just buy your supplies there.

And remember – you can always ask peers in your Class Facebook pages or by emailing team@columbialion.com

And to make it even easier, a student from the Class of 2020 compiled our packing list into a Google Doc that you can categorize based on when and where you will buy your supplies.

Clothing & Accessories

– Belts

– Boots

– Coats (for spring, fall, and winter)

– Dress clothing (pants, shirts, shoes, etc.)

– Earmuffs

– Flip-flops

– Gloves

– Hats (caps, winter hats)

– Jackets

– Jeans

– Jewelry

– Long pants (jeans, sweatpants, cargo pants, etc.)

– Long-sleeve shirts (sweaters, sweatshirts, etc.)

– Mittens

– Pajamas

– Purse

– Safety pins, thread, needles

– Sandals

– Scarf

– Shorts

– Short-sleeve shirts

– Slippers (for in the dorm)

– Socks

– Sneakers

– Stockings

– Sunglasses

– Swimwear

– Tank tops

– Underwear

– Watch

– Winter Clothing (gloves/mittens, winter coat, boots, earmuffs, scarf)

– Umbrella

Cleaning supplies

– Air fresheners

– Detergent

– Fabric softener

– Febreeze/Lysol

– Hamper/laundry bag

– Hangers

– Iron

– Ironing board (small)

– Lint roller

– Small mop, broom and dust pan, or mini vac – Swiffer

– Stain remover

– Wrinkle Release (especially if you dislike ironing)

Decorations/Misc.

– Bicycle

– Bicycle helmet

– Bicycle lock

– Board games

– Christmas lights

– Musical instruments

– Paintings (self-made, Picasso, etc.)

– Pets (fish and turtles only)

– Silkscreen + squeegee

– Small plants (no Christmas trees or wreaths)

– Sculptures

– Stationery and/or stamps

– Stuffed animals/teddy bears

– Umbrella

– Wall posters

Bath/Beauty Items/Medical

– Acne cream (and concealer)

– Antibiotic cream (Neosporin)

– Band-aids

– Bath towels (large towels, washcloths, hair wrap) 

– Bathrobe

– Brush

– Bug spray

– Comb

– Conditioner

– Contact lens solution

– Cotton balls

– Cough drops

– Curling iron (or a straightening one), Blow Dryer

– Decongestants (Claritin, Mucinex, etc.)

– Deodorant

– Disinfecting wipes/spray

– Earplugs

– Eye drops

– Eye glasses

– First-aid kit

– Flip Flops just for the shower

– Floss

– Hair dryer

– Lotion

– Makeup

– Mouthwash

– Nail clippers

– Pain reliever (Tylenol, Aleve, etc.)

– Physician-prescribed medication

– Q-tips (cotton swabs)

– Razor (or electric shaver)

– Shampoo

– Shaving cream and/or Lectric Shave

– Shower caddy

– Shower gel

– Soap bars

– Sunscreen

– Tea Tree Oil (you may want to buy it once you arrive; lice travel quickly in a dorm, but a little tea tree oil in your shampoo will help deter them from picking you.)

– Tissues

– Toothbrush

– Toothpaste

– Tweezers

– Vitamins

 Storage Items

 Note: People who live far away from campus and are planning to use summer storage should look into storage items that are collapsible and foldable because it’s much easier to cram and pack or you will have to throw them away or spend a lot more money on storage!

– Bathroom Caddy

– Desk organizers (in-drawer and desktop)

– Mason jars, small and large

– Plastic food containers

– Shoe racks

– Under-the-bed boxes

– Ziploc bags

Electronics

– Alarm clock (or use your phone’s alarm)

– Batteries (AAA, AA, C, D, 9-volt)

– Bulletin board (with pushpins or tacks)

  • Note: Most Carman rooms come with a small bulletin board for each person!

– Cables

– Camera (point-and-shoot or one of those fancy schmancy dual lense thangs)

– Cell phone (and charger)

– Computer (laptop/desktop)

– Earphones

– Fan

– Flashlight

– Headphones

– Keyboard

– Light bulbs (energy-efficient)

– Mini fridge

– Mouse (wired or wireless)

– Power strips (there are very few outlets in the rooms!)

– Printer (if necessary)

Note: Remember you get 100 pages free per week which is more than enough!

– Printer ink (if necessary)

– Printer paper (for drawing and/or printing)

– Software (some here: http://cuit.columbia.edu/cuit/software-downloads/alphabetical-listing-software-downloads)

– Speakers (not concert speakers – most residence hall walls are not thing)

– Surge protector(s)

– Tablet (iPad, Galaxy, Kindle, Kindle Fire, etc.)

– USB flash drive

– USB wall charges/AC adapters

– Video game console(s) (N64, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, Gamecube, portable systems)

Food/Drink

– Bottled drinks (water, juices, iced tea) – refillable bottle recommended

– Bottle opener

– Can opener

– Cereal

– Chip clips

– Coffeemaker (Keurig, not the hotplate type)

– Condiments (ketchup, mustard, hot sauce)

– Cups

– Easy Mac

– Energy drinks (5-hour Energy, Red Bull, etc.)

– Granola bars

– Hot Pockets

– Mug

– Nutella

– Paper plates (or reusable plates)

– Paper towels

– Pasta (dry, Spaghetti-O’s)

– Peanut butter and jelly

– Plastic food containers

– Popcorn (microwaveable)

– Ramen Noodles

– Soda pop

– Soup

– Utensils

School/Desk Supplies

– Backpack

– Binder clips

– Calculator (scientific or graphing)

– Desk calendar

– Desk lamp (and additional lamps if desired)

– Envelopes

– Folders (Manila, 2-pocket)

– Glue (Elmer’s, super glue)

– Highlighters (yellow, pink, orange, green) (you’ll go through a lot of these)

– Hole punch (three-hole or single-hole)

– Index cards (plus an index card holder, and the rings that hold them)

– Looseleaf paper

– Notebooks

– Notepad

– Paper clips

– Pencil sharpener (mechanical or electric)

– Pencils (traditional/mechanical – always No.2)

– Pens

– Post-it stick notes

– Postage stamps (“forever stamps” UNLESS you’re shipping international, then get cent stamps)

– Rubber bands

– Ruler

– Scissors/shears

– Staple remover

– Stapler

– Staples

– Tape (masking, scotch/invisible, duct)

– Textbooks

– Wall adhesive

– White-out (fluid or tape)

Bedding – Bedding set or:

– Blanket(s) (great for watching a movie in a floor lounge)

– Comforter (Twin XL)

– Mattress Pad (Twin XL)

– Pillowcases

– Pillows

– Sheets (Twin XL) – 2+ sets

Documents

– Bank info

– Calling card

– Checks

– Credit card

– Debit card

– Driver’s license

– Emergency contacts

– I-20 (mainly for international students)

– Medical insurance card

– Passport/visa

– Prepaid credit card

– Social security card

– Student ID  (great for getting into museums for free)

 

This post was compiled using past guides shared from the Class of 2017 and Class of 2018.

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