August 14, 2014
Must-haves for Move-in
It is almost here. That thing you’ve been waiting for. Planning for years. It is finally here. College! Move-in day is just around the corner, so you better start prepping now. For most of you, this will be your first time away from home, so there are items that you’ll need to pack that you haven’t had to think about. It is also important to remember that you’re moving into a small space. You don’t need to pack your entire life for college. There are a lot of items that you won’t need. College can be busy and hectic enough, so keep your belongings light and your dorm neat will keep you a happier, healthier student. Here are some of my favorites from my time in college:
Shower sandals: I am a bit of a freak when it comes to germs. You’ll be sharing your restroom with a group of other people. Shower sandals helped me feel a little cleaner in a communal restroom. You can purchase a pair from Old Navy for $5. I would say these are a must-have!
Stapler: At the beginning of college, I didn’t have a stapler and I noticed. I felt like I always needed a quick way to connect my papers to be organized. I purchased a small stapler and kept it in my backpack and often shared it with my peers. Certainly one of my more useful items!
Beach towel: Attending school in Southern California means nice weather almost always! We are lucky ducks to have such nice weather here. Despite my fair-skinnedness, I spent a lot of time reading out on my beach towel on the grass. Don’t worry, I used SPF 100. My beach towel also came in handy when my friends and I took beach trips on the weekends.
Extra phone charger: This is an item that I didn’t have, but wish I had. I kept my phone charger in my room, and often needed it towards the end of a long day, but didn’t have time to get back to my room to grab it. Other times, I would take it with me and leave it places. My solution: two chargers. Keep one in your room, and have an extra in your backpack in case you get stuck at the library studying late. We all know you need access to texting and Instagram at all hours of the day!
Photos: I know we all have Facebook and Instagram and many other ways to view photos, but I think it is great to be “old-fashioned” and print out some photos for your dorm room. On days when I missed my friends and family back in Utah, I loved returning to my dorm to see photos of my favorite memories with them. Print some photos doing your favorite things with your favorite people and display them on your wall.
Snacks: Make sure you have some snacks on hand. Days can be long and busy, especially during midterms and finals. Keep some nonperishable items in your dorm like Top Ramen, Easy Mac, crackers, peanut butter, and trail mix. My favorite snack is beef jerky. Find some snacks that you love and keep them around. On busy days, you’ll be grateful you did!
Don’t let this list influence you to buy things you don’t actually need, but these are some of my favorites. And certainly do not forget to bring the intangibles, your energy and excitement to learn. See you in a few weeks!
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