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Checklist of Back To College Essentials

checklist of back to college essentials

If you are a new starter in college, or if its your first year at college living away from home, it can be daunting just thinking of what you need to bring with you. We want to help make it easier for you, so we have put together a comprehensive Checklist for all your Back to College Essentials, most of which you will find in your nearest Choice store.

You may need all or some of the below household & college items, depending on your living arrangements, so we aim to ensure we have all your back to college essentials covered.

Checklist of Back to College Essentials:


  • Pens & Highlighters
  • Water Bottle
  • Pad or notebook
  • Ringbinder, lever-arch and box file
  • Hole punch, Sticky notes & page markers
  • Sturdy case for your laptop or tablet


  • Pots & pans
  • Wooden spoon & Spatula
  • Baking tray
  • Chopping board & Knife block
  • Mixing bowl & Colander
  • Measuring jug
  • Kitchen scales
  • Cheese grater & Potato peeler
  • Masher & Can opener
  • Corkscrew/bottle opener
  • Cutlery, Plates, Bowls, Glasses, Mugs & Travel mug


  • Rubber gloves & Dish cloths
  • Scourers & Sponges
  • Washing up liquid
  • Kitchen cleaners, Polish & Dusters
  • Bin bags


  • Boxes and containers
  • Canisters for Tea, Coffee, Sugar & Biccies
  • Tin foil & Cling film
  • Permanent marker for labelling


  • Coat hangers
  • Duvet and pillows - plus duvet covers, sheets & pillowcases
  • Desk or bedside lamp
  • Washing basket & Small Bin
  • Foldable or radiator airer for drying your washing
  • Storage bags or boxes
  • Photo frames with pics of your friends and family
  • Damage-free picture hanging strips


  • A couple of bath towels, hand towels and face cloths
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste Toothbrush holder
  • Toilet roll, toilet brush & bath mat
  • Shower gel, Soap, Shampoo, Conditioner & Deodorant
  • First aid kit
  • Hand Sanitiser
  • Face masks
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