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Checklist: What to Bring to College — and What to Leave at Home

As if planning your academic future isn't enough pressure, odds are your freshman year at college will also be your first time away from home. Everyone from big box stores to relatives and friends wants to tell you what to bring, but do you really need bed risers or your goldfish?

Coordinate with your roommate to eliminate overlap (you will not need two ironing boards — trust us), then stock up with this real-life list of things to bring to college.

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Room Basics

Eating In

Tech and Entertainment

Academic Basics

Cleaning Up and Organizing

Campus Gear

Don't Forget

Ask First

Some schools have restrictions on the following items. Before you pack them, contact your college’s housing and residence life office.