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10 Most Important Articles of Clothing to Bring to College

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at PSU chapter.

This isn’t going to be the basic list of a pair of black jeans and a pair of Nike Air Force Ones. These are common articles of clothing that a lot of people could easily forget on their way to college


  1. A good raincoat:  this sounds pretty self-explanatory, but so many of my friends forgot rain jackets and they had to buy one after the fact.  

  2. A comfy pair of sneakers to walk to class in: You do not want to start college with back issues and sore feet, so make sure you get a pair of comfy and supportive shoes.

  3. Actual pajama pants: I love wearing pajamas to bed and I feel like having certain pants you sleep in and wear to class are important because the plaid PJ pants will put you in the mood to go to bed. 

  4. Baseball caps: I wear baseball caps all of the time to class. They can cover a bad hair day, no makeup or just add a cute accessory to your outfit. 

  5. Scarf: If you go to school in the north, bundling up is super important to add an extra layer to your neck because scarves keep you super warm despite the wind and snow. 

  6. A pair of dress pants: you never know when you might have an interview for a job and they are just nice to have in case of an emergency.

  7. A bathing suit: This sounds stupid if you go to school in the south, but it is nice to have in case an apartment building has a pool or hot tub. You could even use it to spice up a Halloween costume. 

  8. Sunglasses: You definitely want to bring a nice pair and a pair you don’t care about. I lost a pair of expensive sunglasses at a football game and was so upset when I couldn’t find them so I HIGHLY RECOMMEND not wearing nice ones out. 

  9. A pair of heels: I did not think that I would need a pair of heels but they are convenient to have depending on your major. You could  have job interviews, or you may need to dress to impress for those career fairs that Penn State offers. 

  10. Gloves: Again, this one is mainly directed at students in the north, but you don’t know the importance of gloves until you have them on in 10-degree weather. 

I am a junior at Penn State from Annapolis, Maryland. I am involved in greek life and THON.
Bailey McBride is a Senior at Penn State University pursuing a Broadcast Journalism degree with minors in Political Science and Digital Media Trends & Analytics. She is a sister of Delta Gamma. She enjoys making hyper-organizational lists and looking at future pups to adopt. Her dream job is to be Press Secretary of the White House.