As we all know already, there are TONS of items we need to bring to college. Some things are glaringly obvious, such as your typical notebooks and pencils. However, once we start getting into the dorm items, the list can seem endless. Sure, you will have no problem remembering your clothes, sheets or pictures from home to decorate with, but there are other things that you may need that you probably would never have thought of before you actually needed it. Here are some necessities that many college freshmen tend to leave off their packing list.
1. Shower caddy
A shower caddy is extremely important to remember when you go off to college because nobody wants to be that kid that's dropping things in the halls or forgetting their body wash in their dorm on accident. Trust me, running through the halls in your residence hall back to your room to get something you could have easily remembered isn’t anyone’s idea of a good time.
2. Door stop
A door stop is another easily forgotten item that can really be useful, especially for freshmen. During your first week, doors are kept open in most residence halls so that you and your fellow dormmates can get to know each other. If you don’t have a door stop, it will be pretty difficult to keep your door open.
A flashlight is a big one on this list. Nobody thinks of things like power outages when they’re thinking about move-in day and in all of the excitement, we tend to lose sight of realities such as these. But you never know when there’s going to be a major storm or a cut line. It’s best to be prepared for these situations, even if there’s no guarantee of them happening.
4. Power strip
A power strip will be a huge help to you because, let’s be honest, most dorm rooms won’t have nearly enough outlets for you and your roommate. And if a friend or two stay over in your dorm, where will they charge their electronics? Hopefully, in your power strip that you won’t forget!
An umbrella is surprisingly enough on this list. It’s something a lot of us use many days out of the year, but we don’t think about. Also, move-in is in the summer, not exactly rainy season for most of us. However, Mother Nature sometimes decides to dump stuff on us, and by stuff, I mean gallons and gallons of water, which won’t be fun to walk to class in.
6. First-aid kit
A first-aid kit is vital for every dorm room to have. You and your roommate can split one of these and take turns refilling it, but it’s also helpful to have a portable one with you. Unfortunately for some, mom isn’t going to be here to bandage up our bumps and scrapes anymore. Safety is an important thing and accidents happen. You can even get printed Band-Aids still, don’t worry.
7. Extra batteries
A lot of times, people forget to buy extra batteries. Don’t be one of these people. You may be thinking, “Everything is rechargeable, why do I need batteries?” and the answer is: more things still need batteries than you might think. Your calculator is one of those things. So is your new flashlight that you won’t be forgetting.
8. Full-length mirror
A full-length mirror is so important for everyone. You don’t want to look like a slob and sometimes it is extremely important to be able to make sure you look completely put together. You are growing up and part of that process is having job interviews or internships that you will have to look the part for. Checking out your outfit before you leave can ensure that you look professional from head to toe and hey, you will get a little confidence boost too because you get to see how good you look!
A great thing to have in your dorm are DVDs. They are great to watch during your free time and they can help to make some awesome new friends. During the first week, pop in a DVD and prop your door open and you’ll soon have a dorm full of new friends who don’t want to miss out on the movie. Here’s a tip: put your DVDs in a CD case to avoid having to bring all of the cases with you, it will save so much space!
10. Water bottle
Last but not least is a water bottle. It’s hard to keep up with everything going on during the day and it’s very easy to get dehydrated as a result of all of the things you’ll be doing. Spend a few bucks on a nice water bottle and bring it with you throughout the day. If it’s always around, you will be more likely to drink it and less likely to end up sick from lack of water.
This is just a small list of things that you will most likely need not only during your freshman year, but during all four (or more) years of college. If you remember these things your first year, you’re more likely to remember them the rest of your time in school, too.
So, class of 2019, let’s do this!
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