A common nightmare is going to school and realizing you forgot to do your homework, forgot to study, or forgot to change out of your pajamas. The horror! Now imagine doing that on a larger, very realistic scale – forgetting to bring something to college could be disastrous. It would be especially horrific for the people going to school far from home (although it’s advised to do dorm shopping after travelling there, rather than packing everything and loading it into a car for the road trip or lugging it through security at an airport somehow) and certainly if that forgotten object is a freshly purchased text book needed for class or something of the sort.
So it’s time to double-check your packing list. Make sure you have everything you’ll need in college. I’m here to lend a hand.
Reminder: This is not an exhaustive list (although I have included very helpful resources that will cover basically everything you’ll need anyway). Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Office/school supplies – it’s good to have a variety of things you’ll need. I’m big on these things and could happily spend hours in the office supply aisle of any store. Notebooks, paper, binders, folders, Post-It notes, pens, pencils, Sharpies, highlighters – whatever you will use. A reminder I keep giving myself is not to go over board. As much as I’d love to just shove an entire shelf-worth of Post-It notes into a cart and pile it into my luggage, understand that there are opportunities to get more supplies at any time on campus, near campus, or on trips back home!
- Technology – never forget your laptop, printer, all chargers, USB/flash drives, or whatever you’ll be needing. You don’t want to get all the way to school and realize you’ve left your phone charger at home!
- Clothes – know what kind of weather to prepare for and prepare for it! Have plenty of clothing possibilities to get you through – and keep in mind the laundry situation. Maybe you want to bring enough to last for more than a week to limit laundry trips, or maybe you’d prefer to pack light and do laundry often. Know what you’ll wear and be sure to pack for anything – including formal-wear! Shorts, pants, shirts, sweaters, coat, various footwear, etc.
- Personal items – once again, know yourself. You know what you need to survive. Makeup, toiletries, laundry detergent, tissues, towels, first aid kit, a simple tools kit, basic dishes and cooking appliances, cleaning supplies, etc.
- Furniture items – bring a futon if you believe you’ll have room, a mattress pad if you think you’ll want extra cushioning on the dorm bed, a mini fridge if it’s allowed, your bedspread, extra shelving, and whatever else you know you’ll need to make your living space for the next 10 months comfortable. If you’re into it, try to make a bit more room in your luggage for some decorations.
1. Go through your typical daily routine making note of everything you touch to ensure you have everything you’ll require in day-to-day life.
2. Remember that you’ll be living on your own for what’s likely to be the first time ever. Things you often overlook are important – even things as simple as coat hangers and can openers. Make sure your basic living functions are accounted for.
Here are some additional resources you may find helpful:
An excellent, exhaustive-as-far-as-I-can-tell list aimed mostly at humans of the female variety.
An entire website dedicated to what you’ll need!
Another checklist that I found especially helpful.
And a list of what NOT to bring, just in case.
Thanks for reading, I hope this has helped! Please feel free to share any suggestions of your own in the comments below!
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