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Packing for college can be a stressful experience.
It’s your first time moving out of your parents house, on your own but still with rules and requirements. What do you bring? Aside from some obvious staples like a boat load of command hooks and a nice fuzzy blanket, incoming first year college students can be left in the dust to scramble to figure out what they need to pack.
Worry no more, for here are 15 unexpected necessities to pack for college!
I’m a really sensitive sleeper and one year my dorm bedroom window faced the sunrise.. that was awful. Investing in some good back out curtains like these ones was the right choice! Now I can sleep in when I get the chance.
Despite your best intentions, you probably wont want to hike to the dining hall every single morning, afternoon, and night. It gets exhausting and if you live anywhere with any sort of weather then chances are you especially wont want to walk across campus in the snow or rain if you don’t have to. Invest in some nice but inexpensive dishes like these ones, along with some dish soap and a sponge or two, to keep in your dorm for simple meals or leftovers you stole from the dining hall. Speaking of not wanting to trek to the dining hall…
… walking to the dining hall for breakfast in the morning is probably the worst. However, breakfast is the most important meal of the day and most dorms don’t allow toasters for pop tarts so it’s time to make do with your microwave and limited ingredients. My go to my first year? Instant oatmeal. Spice it up with some cinnamon and apple slices… get creative.
Dorm room floors aren’t always the coziest, so treat yourself to a good dorm decor upgrade and a taste of home with a simple and fuzzy rug like this one.
This goes hand in hand with me being a light sleeper again… but college residence halls can be loud. No matter if you want some peace and quiet to take a nap or study in the middle of the day, or if your roommate’s alarm blasts loud enough that you can hear it out on the street at 5am and doesn’t turn it off for 3 hours when you specifically arranged your schedule to sleep in (I’m not bitter I swear), comfortable and effective ear plugs like these are a worthwhile purchase.
Accidents happen, and when you don’t have your parent’s medicine cabinet that they’ve prepared over the years you have to fend for yourself. A simple first aid kit like this one is perfect for minor accidents.
If you have to go down the hall to get to the nearest sink then you need to be prepared to best hydrate your body. A simple water pitcher with a filter like this is perfect for making sure you get in your 8 cups a day without trekking down the hall every hour.
You can go the route of a few of my friends my first year who snuck some silverware out of the dining hall to keep in their rooms, but I definitely don’t recommend that. Be prepared with some inexpensive silverware or even purchase some cheap plastic utensils so you don’t have to watch them.
There are some things that are so minor they aren’t worth the hassle of putting a facilities work order in for and waiting for the school to take care of it for you. Keep a simple tool kit on hand just in case.
Dorm rooms are breeding grounds for bacteria. If you’re anything like me you will get sick, it’s inevitable. Boost your immune system during important times like midterms and finals by taking things like Emergen-C or Airborne to get it done.
Honestly, I’m not sure how but I keep getting holes in my leggings. If it weren’t for the simple sewing kit that I keep on hand these may have ripped larger and ruined my leggings. Also, accidents happen and would you rather invest in a small simple sewing kit or a new pair of jeans? Sewing kit it is.
A TV is commonly thought of for a dorm room, but what about an HDMI cable? With Netflix as popular as it is, being able to hook your laptop up to the TV and have people over to watch a movie is a great way to make friends in college.
Lately I’ve been really into applying my makeup at my desk since it’s right next to a window and the natural light is great. To accomplish this I have a nice handheld mirror with an extra light built in that I keep in my room. Inexpensive and I don’t know where I’d be without it!
Washi tape is so universal. From framing pictures on walls to decorating the sides of desks and so much more, a little washi tape can go a long way in adding some color and creativity to a drab dorm room. Here’s one of my favorite value packs!
Can we just agree right now that dorm room lighting sucks? That’s why so many college students love the classic string lights decor. However, floor lamps work great as well and add character to any room!
With these often surprising items on your packing list you’re sure to be on the right track for a great year.
What is one thing you didn’t expect to need at college?