I’m Going to College, Now What Should I Take with Me?

wamcIllustrationIconBesides snakes, the boogie man, spiders, and the occasional un-dead, packing is one of the most feared phenomenons known to man. How can an ordinary human effectively and efficiently decide on which selective assortment of belongings will have the privilege of moving from point A to point B? The mere thought of it could put any person in a tizzy.

When you’re packing for not just a little vacation but for a year of college, things can get pretty heated. There’s just no way you can take both your lava lamp and study lamp! You’ll only have room for one.

To help quell your fear, here’s a list of 7 things you should bring with you to your freshman dormitory:

1. Extra-long sheets and bedding
Definitely double-check this one, but most college dorms have extra-long mattresses. Some simple math brings me to the conclusion that if you have a longer mattress, you’ll need longer sheets. Also, you might want to bring a study pillow if you’re ever too tired to head out to the library.

2. The smallest kitchen you’ll hopefully ever use
There will be a point in your college career when leaving your 10′ X 15′ room is just not an option–think extreme weather or wee small hours of the morning. To prepare for instances like this, you’ll want a mini fridge and/or microwave. There’s no way you can pull an all-nighter without something delicious to nosh on.

3. Laundry bag/basket
The laundry bag/basket serves multiple important purposes including the obvious, to hold and transfer laundry from your dorm room to the laundry facility. The other utilization of the laundry bag/basket is for the quick fix before your parents show up for visitors’ weekend. If you don’t have time to really clean your room, just temporarily stick everything in there. Old college trick.

4. A tiny bit of nostalgia
Take a little morsel of what you had back home with you to college. A couple of pictures of the “Fab Five” or that guy trying way too hard to grow mustache that you took to prom is fine. Maybe throw in a couple pictures of mom and dad. But don’t go too far. College is about moving forward.

5. Sustenance
What’s your fuel? A protein bar? Some V8? Whatever non-perishable it is, buy it in bulk and keep it in a container under you bed. You’ll thank me later.

6. A lot of boring stuff
Bring all that stuff you don’t really have to purchase at school because you have an abundance of them at home i.e. hangers, coffee mugs, notebooks, pens, hula skirts (maybe I just grew up in a weird home)–all the lovely little things you take advantage of while living at home.

7. School supplies
This one kind of piggy backs on #6, but you can save some money by bringing school supplies you already have at home with you to college. Look through your house for extra things you might want, like pens, calculators, books etc. Also, definitely figure out what your computer situation is going to be. Will you purchase a laptop or desktop with a student deal? Or will you opt on using the school computer labs?

Do you have any packing tips? Comment and share!

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  1. Justicia says:

    Be sure to check with your school for what you’re allowed, or not allowed, to bring. My University, for example, is going green so they have certain requirements for power outlets, appliances, and even the types of lightbulbs. Most college dorms also come with some furnishings already (Desk, chair, microfridge, bed, etc). This is a very important to list to know.
    A good place to find these lists is in the FAQ section on your college’s website, if they’re not there, email a representative from your college to inquire. After all, you wouldn’t want to spend a lot of money on a MicroFridge unit to find that you college already included one with your dorm room.
    Another suggestion, even though it says that they have a line for cable access, consider how much tv you’ll be watching. Between classes, studying, sports, jobs, and maybe even some social time, do you really need to bother bringing a television to college? Just a thought.
    Sincerely, A fellow College Freshmen, 2011

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