What To Pack For College – Fitness Edition

Can you believe it’s almost September?? My cross country team has their first meet in 2 weeks! I’m so ready for fall weather, and especially fall running. My ranking of seasons goes: fall, spring, summer and winter. I just hate how much I sweat in the summer, blegh.

Anyway, end of August means back to school time! If you or someone you know is heading off to college, then you’ve seen the packing checklists. But I wanted to make a fitness edition one! With the help of my sister, who is a college student, here are a few ideas as to what you can pack for college to be prepared to be fit and healthy (scroll down for full checklist & pin it!):

Big Water Bottle

I love having a big, reusable water bottle. You can easily track your water intake and the bigger the bottle the better (obviously). You can find fun water bottles at places like T.J. Maxx or HomeGoods, WalMart, or Target. This is the one I have been using a lot lately, which is from WalMart, and I like that it’s like a normal water bottle:

Aladdin Water BottlePhoto Source

You can order it online or find it in the store for like, $3-$4. If you like infused water, you should check out fellow fitness blogger Diatta’s infused water bottle…perfect to add in fruits or lemon to flavor your water!

Fun Workout Apparel

I’ve done numerous posts on finding cute workout clothes on a budget..check them out here, here and here. You can shop on a budget at places like Old Navy, Forever 21, T.J. Maxx, and Marshall’s! I would definitely recommend Forever 21. You can find great pieces ranging anywhere from $8-$20, and a lot of their pieces are very similar in feel and look to lululemon! Here’s another post I wrote specifically about Forever 21 and a picture of my workout gear:

Forever 21 Activewear


If you plan on running a lot, a FlipBelt will be key. You can find my review on it here. It has multiple pockets and does not move around at all. You’ll be able to fit your phone, gels, keys, ID, etc. It could also come in handy for football tailgates so you don’t have to worry about carrying around a purse or have anything in your hands :)

Protein Powder

Protein powders are perfect for making smoothies and quick post-workout recovery shakes. It’s good to have it handy for when you’re on the go and running to class. Here are some of my favorite smoothie combinations

My favorite protein powder would have to be PlantFusion. It’s a plantbased protein powder and tastes great. I have found others to taste chalky and not that good unless you add in things like bananas or almond milk. PlantFusion is great on it’s own, and they actually just came out with single serving sample packets and bottles!

And here is my full checklist!

Want to be fit and healthy in college? Here's your college packing list!

What would you add to this list?

Are you or do you know someone heading to college? Sometimes I wish I could go back in time to relive those college days! :)


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  1. I didn’t really get into fitness in college until senior year – and I didn’t even know what protein powder was haha!
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  2. Wow, if only I was fitness minded in college. My idea of fitness was lifting a beer can to my lips, lol. This is a great list!
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  3. I didn’t start working out in college until junior year when I transferred to a large school that had a football team. Let’s just say the guys worked out there, a lot. So… :)
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  4. I don’t know that I’d want to go back to college! It was fun, but all that studying. And I had no money.
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    • lol actually laughed at this. So true…I was so broke! I remember making 20-30 bucks at my job seemed like soooo much money.

  5. I think you hit the nail on the head with the essentials! The only thing I might add would be some non-perishable healthy snacks like raw nuts or packs of peanut butter, but I’ve never travelled for college so I don’t really know if that’s something you would need?

    I’ve thought about going to school to upgrade some of my education – I really miss my biology labs!!
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  6. First thing in my back was resistance bands.
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  7. Very informative read. It’s is always good to make a checklist, just to ensure that you don’t miss put on anything.

  8. Fantastic list! When I was in college, oh so many moons ago, I just kept a big gallon jug of water on hand as well as a pair of sneakers. Things have changed quite a bit.
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