Never Leave Home Without These College Essentials - FITS®

August 15, 2022

Are you a recent high school graduate excited about heading to college? Although the transition from high school to college is a big one, getting organized and preparing with college essentials can ensure a smooth and easy transition. Use our list of college essentials to make sure you don’t forget anything important when heading off to college. 

College Essentials Every Student Needs

Packing for your first year of college can be intimidating. Use this college essentials list to plan and pack thoroughly so you can enjoy this very special time.

Clothing and Accessories

Depending on what college you attend, weather and closet space will dictate how you pack. Packing the appropriate clothing will only make your college experience better. Here are a few clothing college essentials that should be on your college essentials list.

  • Pajamas
  • Underwear
  • Socks 
  • Shoes
  • Pants 
  • Belt
  • Sweatpants
  • Shorts
  • Shirts
  • Hoodie
  • Jackets 
  • Beanie and hat
  • Swimwear
  • Gloves and scarf
  • Watch

Take your favorite FITS® wool socks to college with a 3 or 6 wool sock pack. Whether you will be attending college in Hawaii, where it's warm, or Ohio, where snow storms are inevitable, you need comfortable socks for your feet. With a wide variety of styles, colors, and thicknesses, you can find the socks you need for college at FITS®.


Before heading to college, many students focus on stocking up on school supplies and dorm room decor. However, it's just as important to make sure you have all the toiletries you need to keep yourself clean and comfortable throughout the semester. Here are a few toiletry college essentials that every college student should pack before heading to campus.

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste 
  • Dental floss
  • Body wash
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Hair grooming tools 
  • Razor
  • Nail clippers
  • Tweezers
  • Bathrobe (especially if the shower is down the hall)
  • Shower slippers (especially if you’ll be using a community shower)
  • First aid kit
  • Prescription medications 

When making your list of college essentials, consider your future living situation. You may not have as much room as you did when you were living at home. So try to keep the number of toiletries that you pack to a minimum. Should you find that there's something you need once you get there, you can purchase it at a local convenience store or ask your parents to send it to you.


Dorm room living can be tough, but with the right bedding, it can be comfortable. For starters, you'll want soft and cozy sheets, a throw blanket for those late-night study sessions, and some plush pillows for those times when you just need to relax. With these college essentials, your room will feel like a home away from home.

  • Comforter or quilts 
  • Bed sheets 
  • Pillows
  • Throw blanket
  • Bed desktop (for all that studying you’ll be doing)
  • Alarm clock (for a good night’s sleep)

Changing beds can be difficult, but lounging in a pair of cozy merino wool socks while studying can make all the difference when living in a new space. Make sure to pack these college essentials to ensure you are as comfortable as you can be.

School Supplies

The future belongs to those who prepare for it today, so it's important to have all your necessary school supplies.

  • Backpack or bag 
  • Planner or calendar
  • Laptop or tablet 
  • Mouse
  • Flash drive
  • Pens and pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Notebooks
  • Folders 
  • Binders
  • Sticky notes
  • Book tabs
  • Calculator
  • Note cards

Finally, don't forget to pack your positive attitude, sense of humor, and hard work ethic. College can be challenging at times, but it's also a lot of fun. And if you remember to bring these college essentials with you, you'll be well on your way to having a great time!


Sock Sizing
women and men size chart

The Perfect Fit Starts With the Right Size.

Your sock size shouldn’t be a guessing game. Our socks range from small to double XL, but the best way to know the perfect fit for you is to match your shoe size to the chart on the left. That way, you’ll know the size you select will give you the fit and feel you expect.

Between sizes? Go with your gut, but rest assured that your socks will still fit great. If you receive your order and find yourself wishing you’d gone up or down a size, just let us know. We’ll happily send you replacements for your preferred size.

Concerned about laundry mix-ups? All FITS® socks are coordinated by color and size, based on the colors you see on the size chart. So, you won’t have to worry about mixing up your sizes with the other FITS® wearers in your home. (But stray socks mysteriously going missing in the dryer? Unfortunately, we can’t help with that.)


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How Do You Determine Sock Size?

Sock sizes are typically measured in inches, not by your shoe size. So, a sock size 6-8 will comfortably fit someone whose feet are between six and eight inches long. However, at FITS®, we make it easy for you to choose the ideal sock size without having to measure your foot. Simply use our sock size conversion chart based on your shoe size to select the right fit for you. 

How Do You Measure Your Foot for Socks?

To measure your foot for socks, measure the length from the heel of your foot to the tip of your longest toe. The measurement in inches correlates to your sock size. For example, if your foot is 10 inches long, a sock size 9-11 should fit you comfortably. At FITS®, you can skip this step and find your sock size based on your shoe size using our conversion chart. 

What Is the Sock Size Conversion?

The sock size conversion refers to sock size compared to shoe size. While all companies may vary slightly on which size socks to purchase based on your shoe size, you can always measure your foot to find the right fit for you. 

What is Sock Size to Shoe Size?

Because sock sizes are determined by the length of your foot in inches vs. your shoe size, shoe and sock sizes differ. The FITS® sock size to shoe size conversion is as follows:

Knowing this makes it easy to choose the ideal sock size based on your shoe size without measuring your foot. 

What Age is Sock Size 9-12?

Sock sizes typically don’t correlate with age. For kids, age can be a general indicator of what size sock they’ll need, but everyone is different. An adult sock size 9-12 fits anyone whose feet are approximately nine to twelve inches long. For kids’ sock sizing, check with the company to find exact details to ensure your little one gets the perfect fit. 

Got more questions about finding the perfect sock size for you? Let’s talk.



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