By GreatSchools Staff
No. 2 pencils or mechanical pencils
Ballpoint pens in a variety of colors for note taking
Notebooks or loose-leaf notebook paper
Ruler with English and metric measurements
Sticky notes and flags (Many bookstores will allow students to sell back books that haven't been written in or highlighted; use these tools to mark important passages and make notes in books without writing in them!)
Correction fluid or tape
Scissors (It's smart to buy one large pair and one smaller, craft size pair.)
Index cards (Great for making flashcards.)
Highlighters in a variety of colors
Calculator (Check class requirements before investing in an expensive one. Graphing calculators, for example, are required in many college math and science classes.)
Schedule/planner (While many students now use their smartphones to set reminders about due dates, class times, and appointments, a hard copy is recommended for those without this type of electronic tool.)
Basic living materials
Roll of quarters or loaded laundry card (depending on what your school requires.)
Laundry tote (The laundry room may be a hike from their room. Give them this tote to easily sling over their shoulder.)
Drying rack for laundry
Plastic cups, utensils, and plates
Small refrigerator (Double check what size is allowed before purchasing.)
Vitamins, allergy meds, and pain relievers like Aspirin or Ibuprofen.
Flip flops or other shoes to wear in the shower
Case for carrying toiletries to and from the shower (Though these vary, choose one that has holes in the bottom for drainage.)
Desk lamp for a well-lit study space
Handheld vacuum cleaner
Tool set (This should include the basics, such as a hammer, screwdriver, and nails.)
Clock radio (Check out the iHome, which functions as an alarm clock and speakers!)
Printer (Most schools allow students access to printers; if so, this item may be unnecessary.)
USB flash drive (To make yours recognizable, find personalized, cute ones such as these pandas!)
Internet access (Most campuses now have wireless access, but you may need to pick up an Ethernet cord.)
Deck of cards
Umbrella and rain boots
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