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Reminiscing on freshman year of college, we realize there were a few essentials we forgot to bring and some necessities that we couldn’t have survived without. Here are the 12 Things You Won’t Regret Bringing to College:
1. Personal Items that Remind you of Home
If college is your first time being away from home, bringing something that will give you a sense of familiarity can be key to have in a strange new place. Whether it is a picture of your family, your blankie or teddy that you had as a baby, or a trophy from that championship your team won in high school, there are important mementos that you will miss when you go off to college.
At first you probably will think, “psh, I am too old for this” or “that’s so lame”. Well, soon after your few weeks in college, you will realize that these things are reminders of who you are and affirmations of what you have accomplished.
College is not easy, especially adjusting the first year. Some will make it and move on to their sophomore year and some will go back home because college wasn’t the right situation for them. However, just these small reminders can remind and motivate you to realize your potential and get you through the tough times in college.
Don’t forget where you came from!
Many times I pulled an all nighter typing a research paper for my 8am and didn’t have time to run to the on-campus printer or library. A black and white laser jet printer is an excellent item to bring with you to college. More specifically, the one I used, that has lasted me all four years of college is the Samsung – SL-M2825DW Wireless Black-and-White Printer. Affordable, convenient, fast, efficient and perfect for procrastinators.
Get a printer – they are a life saver! Save the extra time and stress, grab it and run to class!
3. Power Strips
A power strip is very necessary considering you will be in a confined space with another person and it is more than likely that there will be a limited number of outlets. So in order to get more space for chargers, night lights, and your printer plug, power strips will be your best friend in the dorm.
Soon you will be singing Snap’s “I’ve Got the Power”
4. Mattress Topper
By far one of the best investments you will make: a quality mattress topper. Most freshmen dorms aren’t equipped with a Tempur-Pedic Sleep Number bed, but rather an XL Twin spring mattress with a polyester cover. Save yourself from back pain and neck stiffness and up your sleep game. Since you won’t be getting much sleep, it’s important that you get some quality zzz’s when you get the chance. A mattress topper will ensure a good night’s rest or power nap. I recommend the Memory Foam Mattress Topper-Threshold, it was like sleeping on a cloud. You can find one at your local: Target, Walmart, or Bed Bath and Beyond. (Don’t forget to search for “XL Twin Mattress Toppers” not just regular mattress toppers!).
Only way to ensure you get your rest is having a comfortable mattress!
5. Command Hooks/Strips
A must have for all your decorating needs. They don’t leave damage or a residue which can ensure your security deposit is kept safe! You can find them virtually anywhere: Target, Walmart, Home Depot, Bed Bath and Beyond, Etc. Use them to hang photos, tapestries, Christmas lights, or hooks for your keys right by the door.
Decorate your room with confidence!
While in school you may not have time to go to the cafeteria to grab something to eat.
In our last blog “How to Make and Save Money in College”, we talk about the free food offered on campus and taking advantage of your school’s cafeteria.
Storing food in tupperware is a great way to save money and time. While you’re in the cafeteria you could sneak some food, put it in your back pack and save it for later. Or save your leftover Chipotle and have it as a snack after class.
You paid for it, so why not?!
A great pair of headphones can change your life. Listen to music at the gym, Ted talks in the library, Game of Thrones while your roommate is asleep, or make a phone call while you’re holding your books, laptop, keys, and Starbucks. Get a pair that won’t hurt your ears or break the bank and ones that fit your lifestyle. Maybe you want to be handsfree with Bluetooth or totally tuned out with noise-cancelling, the choices are endless! Happy listening
Some great headphones are:
Once you get yourself a good pair of headphones, begin to enter your own little world!
8. External Hard Drive and Flash Drive
Nowadays almost everything is on the cloud, however, wifi isn’t always reliable, especially on a big campus with thousands of people streaming Netflix at the same time. Disasters happen and it is likely your computer will decide to crash the night before a big presentation so it is imperative, that you have a physical backup of all your important files. It also makes the transition to a new computer (if you need one) quick and easy.
Furthermore, flash drives are major key. It’s very smart to physically bring presentations and papers, when you need to turn them in, on a flash drive rather than relying on saving to the cloud or emailing to yourself. You will have multiple group projects and important deadlines that are crucial, save yourself the panic from losing your group’s efforts and all your time spent preparing, and get a flash drive to save your work on.
Ensure your work is saved so you can get that ‘A’
You would be surprised how many people do not have a stapler… be prepared for class and have your paper or project stapled and ready to be turned in.
Sometimes we would come to class and our friends would even keep a mini stapler in their backpacks and peers would ask to borrow it. But, be cautious they are highly valued and can be taken so watch out for your mini stapler!
Remember-tape and paper clips won’t be accepted, get yourself a stapler!
10. Storage Bins and Organizational Items
Storage bins can fit perfectly in your closet or under your bed, it is a great way to store food or off season clothes. They are inexpensive and large enough to hold enough stuff and make moving in and out of your dorm a breeze. (Pro-tip: get bed-risers to add extra storage space underneath your bed!)
A great organizational item is a closet shoe holder. It maximizes your closet space and keeps your shoes out of sight.
Start your year off with an organized room!
11. Brita Filter and Water Bottle
Most of the time you can trust the water from the sink in your dorms, but having your own water filter is always very convenient and a game changer if that sink water comes out a little greyer than you prefer. Having water in your room beats the walk down the hall. Check out the new Brita Stream Water Pitcher it filters faster than the regular brita pitchers.
Make sure to definitely get a good water bottle, it’ll save you and the environment! You should be drinking about 2 liters of water a day. Are you tired? Drink more water. Do you get sick often? Drink more water. Have a headache? Drink more water. Want clearer skin? Drink more water. How much water have you had today?
We LOVE these awesome water bottles:
Don’t be thirsty…be hydrated!
12. Basic Medications
Freshmen dorms are a cesspool for germs and it is highly likely you will come down with an illness at some point, hopefully nothing more than the common cold. Not to mention the lack of sleep and new levels of stress on your body, we want to make sure you are equipped when congestion strikes! Have a steady supply of Purell, DayQuil, NyQuil, Advil/Aleve, and decongestants such as: Mucinex, Sudafed, Theraflu Tea, or Robitussin. This ensures that you’re not down for the count for too long. With that new water bottle of yours and some basic medicine, you’ll bounce back much quicker when that seasonal flu rolls around.
Trust us being sick in college SUCKS! You will be so grateful for medicine during flu season.
Make sure to add these items to your back-to-school shopping list and you’ll be thankful you did! College is difficult enough, follow our advice and make it significantly more enjoyable for yourself