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What To Pack For College 101

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Make your dorm the perfect living space for you. Screen shot from Pinterest.

Make your dorm the perfect living space for you. Screen shot from Pinterest.

Make your dorm the perfect living space for you. Screen shot from Pinterest.

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Beginning in August of 2017,  seniors will make a college campus their new home. They will start a new chapter in their life, moving away, making new friends and pursuing a career. In order to make the transition from high school to college smooth, it is uber important to have all of the necessary materials that one may need, ranging from school supplies to personal needs.  

Clothes

Clothes will depend on the college location and the student’s style. It is important to make sure to have clothes covering all weather conditions. Nice outfits and comfortable outfits are a must, as well as dressy shoes and casual shoes. Accessories will depend on the person but may range from necklaces to hats to earrings.

School Supplies/ Desk Essentials

Make your desk space a comfortable place to work. Screenshot from Pinterest.

School work in college is just as important as school work in high school. It is imperative to have all of the supplies needed to help you achieve success:

  • Book Bag
  • Calculator
  • Day Planner
  • Folders
  • Pens, pencils, highlighters
  • Notebooks
  • Index cards
  • Scotch tape
  • Stapler

Bedding

Beds are a place to lounge, relax and get a good night’s sleep. Most dorms provide a Twin/Twin XL bed. Creating a comfortable bed will allow one’s self to really adapt to their new environment. Here is everything to create a bed you will love:

  • XL sheets
  • Comforter
  • Pillows & pillow cases
  • Mattress topper
  • Rolling storage (for under the bed)
  • Blankets

Dorm Decor

As long as no paint or nails go on the walls, students are free to decorate their rooms however they would like. It is a

Lights and pictures are the most popular dorm decorations to have. Screenshot from Pinterest.

way to express themselves and to create a space that makes them feel at home. Here are a few decoration ideas:

  • Plenty of pictures
  • Mirror
  • Laundry Basket
  • Fan
  • Lamps
  • Posters
  • “Christmas” lights
  • Rug

Bathroom Supplies

Not only will the bathroom hold personal belongs, but it should also hold cleaning supplies. With most bathrooms being shared between 2+ people, they can get dirty fairly quickly. Besides shampoo, conditioner and other toiletries, here are the essentials:

  • Bathrobe
  • Towels
  • Shower Caddy
  • Paper Towels
  • Toilet Paper
  • Tissues
  • Lysol
  • Sponges
  • Soap
  • Air Freshener

Kitchen

Many rooms offer a kitchen area in a common room or will provide a fridge and microwave inside the room. It’s super important to stay hydrated and fed. Because meal plans are offered, not much space for food is available. So, knowing the proper kitchen tools and food items to have will be very beneficial.

  • Can/bottle opener
  • Cups
  • Plates
  • Napkins
  • Forks, spoons, knives
  • Ziploc bags
  • Tupperware
  • Bottled water
  • Bread
  • Ramen Noodles
  • Easy Mac
  • Granola Bars
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly
  • Crackers, chips, pretzels
  • Soda, tea

Miscellaneous

Extra personal belongings will fit great on stacked shelves and drawers. Screenshot from Pinterest.

Here is a list of other items that fall under no category, but are just as important to have with you:

  • Insurance Cards
  • Student ID (once you receive it)
  • Social security card
  • Lint roller
  • Flashlight
  • Umbrella
  • License
  • Suitcase/Duffle bag

 

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One Response to “What To Pack For College 101”

  1. Steve on March 23rd, 2017 10:41 pm

    Missing the following:

    A dozen 20-pound bags of dorm food
    Mini-fridge for storing mildew
    A convincing backstory
    Large Homer Simpson beer mug full of dusty pennies
    Backup fork in case main fork is dirty or lost
    …Life-size cardboard cutout of parents
    Hot plate to establish rebel status, dominance over RA
    Poster of Bob Marley watching A Clockwork Orange with Audrey Hepburn
    A startup internet company you can sell for billions
    Bunch of things your mom will insist are essential that will spend the next four years unopened in a storage container
    Misplaced optimism

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