Packing to go away to college can be stressful and fraught with opportunities to forget something that can make surviving your time away from home difficult, particularly when it comes to expensive or unique items that can’t be easily replaced. To help you make sure you’ve got everything you need before you head away to college, SlugBooks has created College Packing List for the iPhone, an app with pre-filled checklists of common items you’ll need plus the ability to customize the lists to suit your needs.
College Packing List contains lists in several categories (dorm, kitchen, class, bathroom, clothes, and miscellaneous) with most categories offering subcategories as well to further break down the lists into more manageable chunks. Common items already populate the available lists so you won’t need to wrack your brain to add basic things like sheets, towels, an alarm clock and other essentials to your list before you can even get started. Most of the pre-entered items also have descriptions that provide more information to give tips on sizes and quantities.
As you mark items you’ve packed, the virtual chalkboard at the bottom of the screen gives you an idea of how far you have to go by telling you the percentage of items you’ve checked off.
If you find the lists aren’t comprehensive enough for you or if you have some unique items you want to be sure to include, every list is editable so you can add and remove items as needed. College Packing List also offers settings to let you re-use the app for the next school year by unchecking all items or resetting all lists to their default entries.
College Packing List is free, requires iOS 4.3 or higher, and works on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. If you don’t have an iOS device, you can also use the company’s web version here (this is a stand-alone site that does not sync with the iOS version).