Freshman College Survival Kit Ideas

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Check out this super easy Freshman College Survival Kit Ideas! This college survival kit will help any college student get the year started on the right track.

Freshman College Survival Kit Ideas is full of all the unexpected items a college freshman needs but may not have on hand. It’s a great gift idea for someone on their way to college!

Check out this super easy Freshman College Survival Kit Ideas!

I made this Freshman College Survival Kit Ideas gift container for a friend of mine. I gave it to her as her high school graduation gift since she was moving to college that summer. There are always unexpected items that you need at college and don’t want to run to the store one more time. Items we take for granted when we live at home.

 College Survival Kit Idea

I also put together these guides for the most needed furniture for dorm rooms, graduation gifts, and dorm room essentials.

Freshman College Survival Kit Ideas

  1. Screwdriver Kit
  2. Pens
  3. Journal
  4. Post-it Notes
  5. Tide to Go or other stain stick
  6. Laundry Detergent tabs
  7. Flashlight
  8. Laundry Bag
  9. Thank You notes
  10. Magnetic Dry Erase Board or nonmagnetic
  11. Chapstick
  12. Lint Roller
  13. Pencils
  14. Whistle
  15. Aspirin
  16. First Aid Kit
  17. Flip Flops or shower shoes
  18. Sewing Kit (and possibly this info: How to Sew a Button)
  19. Ear Plugs
  20. Sleep Mask
  21. Manicure/Pedicure Set
  22. Notepads
  23. Snacks, energy drinks, water 
  24. Cups
  25. Candle or odor absorbers
  26. Tums
  27. shower wrap women or men
  28. Extra set of keys to room, car, mailbox, etc
  29. Flash drives
  30. extra phone, tablet, and/or computer chargers (charging station)
  31. Cash and change
  32. water bottle or heating pad
  33. Finally, include a taste of home with Sand Art Brownies.

I put everything into a large caddy that can be used for the community showers since most freshmen are required to live in the dorm. You could also use a storage container with a lid or a large laundry basket. Remember space is limited and it’s good to have items that serve multiple functions.

Wrap the container in clear wrap and tie with a pretty ribbon and cute card or printable.

What else would you add to a Freshman College Survival Kit?


  1. Gift baskets come in many forms; there’s no limit on what you can put inside or how the basket itself will look. I love your ideas, Paula. I usually order through auntlauries. com/college-gifts/, and if I do DIY, I always consider my budget.

  2. Paper towels, Kleenex, napkins, toilet paper (if not community bath rooms), Band-Aids, Neosporin, a dish, bowl, real fork and spoon, trial size dish detergent, Sharpie marker, Command strips/hooks if they are not allowed to alter walls and for door hangers.

    They will save lots of money not having to buy these things at the campus store where prices are very inflated.

  3. The Swiss arm knife is not a good idea.if the get caught with it they will get kicked out

  4. We have 12 graduating seniors in our church. We have a container set up in the foyer to collect dorm room items. Upon graduation, we will present each senior with a nice basket.Some of our suggested items are cleaning/laundry supplies, college school supplies, towels, gift cards, and etc.

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