Winter break is a joyous time to relax, de-stress, and watch an abundance of Netflix. Although winter break is a great way to catch up on all the much needed sleep you've missed throughout the semester, it also tends to lose it's charm after a while of being stuck at home. There are many stages to winter break, and they can happen in any order.
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Coming from a rising senior at the University of Dayton who has lived in an over-sized double dorm room, to a suite-style quad dorm room, to a house with virtually no storage space sharing an octagon-shaped single room (and single closet)... These are the random little things no one thinks to bring to college or put on these lists, but they will make your life on campus a million times better. I ended up buying these items long after I started college, and they were a big help. Don't make the same mistakes I did.
These are great for various items such as toiletries, snacks, and, of course, shoes.
During college, most of my storage has been under my bed, so this is a must.
To remember the happy times with your friends and family. Add to your collection over your college years.
5. Makeup wipes
For when you're too tired after going out to actually wash your face.
6. Extra sheets and towels
Trust me, you're not going to want to wash your sheets and towels right away so you can use them immediately. Bring back-ups.
7. Tide pods
These are awesome. Plus they smell heavenly.
For when you come back after going out and the dining hall has already closed. Ordering Domino's or Jimmy John's night after night is NOT a cost-effective option.
For when you're too dead in the morning to walk down and get one from the dining hall.
Just in case the dining hall runs out of coffee during finals week. Believe me, it can happen.
11. Chip clips
You will accumulate many of these from free vendors and events on campus, but somehow, they are no where to be found when you need one.
12. Paper towels / Clorox wipes
You can never have enough.
13. Rain boots
So you'll be able to make it to class on those rainy days without having to sit in soaking wet socks and shoes for 50 minutes (yikes). And you can jump in all the puddles you wish.
14. Alarm clock
If you're like me and could sleep the whole day if you didn't have an alarm, your phone alarm just doesn't cut it sometimes.
Even if you don't think you will use it, you will end up wanting it.
16. Command strips
These are the only things that will stick to most dorm room walls.
Especially if your room has a cold tile floor instead of carpet.
18. Air mattress or sleeping bag
For your friends visiting you on campus, or if you ever go on a trip.
At least while you live in a dorm with a community sink.
20. Red solo cups
Because you don't want your morning-after milk or apple juice to taste like last night's $8 vodka.
This is something I totally didn't even think about when I first came to school. Now I have an entire bin JUST for costumes and holiday decor.
22. Crazy daydrink clothes
If you have a few jerseys, you're set. If not, take a trip to the local goodwill with your squad and pick up a few things. The crazier, the better.
23. Towel wrap
If you're like me and just like to chill in your towel after you shower ( and a robe is too hot for you), these are a must. And they're super cute.
You won't want to lug around a large tote while you're out with friends or doing daily activities.
25. Comfortable heels
Don't let this be you!!!! I've been there, and nothing will ruin your night of dancing at the club like shoes that give you blisters and disable your walking by the end of the night.
26. Business casual and business professional clothes
And make sure you know the difference and when each is appropriate.
27. Water bottle
In college, your water bottle is your best friend. You never go anywhere without it, and it actually helps you to drink the amount of water you're supposed to drink each day (maybe).
If you're a fan of smoothies (or frozen margaritas) and want to make them at home for less.
Flashcards are a great way to study. If they're not for you, buy them anyway just in case you want to try them out. Or if anyone on your floor is desperate for them, they will be eternally grateful.
30. Mini fridge
When you're sharing a fridge with 3+ other people, things can get pretty tight. I recommend buying this with your roommates so you can share the extra space.
Just in case you change your major and have to take math again (like me).
So you can know for sure whether or not you have a fever.
33. Drying rack
Because you're actually not supposed to put everything in the dryer, who knew?
34. Rubbing alcohol
Works wonders for getting those impossible Thursday night Xs off before your Friday 9 a.m.
These things have helped me make it through three years of college, especially freshman year. Hopefully, I have helped you prepare for your college years somehow. Good luck and have fun!!!
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My entire life people have always told me "Oh, you need to relax before school starts." I'm coming to this realization that every single person that has EVER told me this is not happy with where they are in life. These are people working the typical 9-5, coming home depressed as hell because they went for the money and fell short of their goals, and are entitled to have some rest all the time.
See, this notion we have to relax and party in the summer is part of this poisoning entitlement we have as Americans. "Yeah man, we worked all through the winter and into late spring, let's take two weeks and blow all the money we saved." Or, better yet, let's bank off of mom and dad's money because we are so privileged to do so!
This mentality we have to slack off and enjoy some "vacation time" just like everyone else is a part of this failing scheme of entitlement. We think that, because everyone else is doing it, we should do it too. To make it worse, we try to one-up everyone by showing off how much we can relax and not work. "Oh, she went to the beach for three days? I'm going to the Bahamas for a week!" You get my point.
While 99% of people out there have this August mentality to soak up as much sun and alcohol as possible, the other 1% are doing something incredibly different.
It's something that goes off the business adage "while you're sleeping, someone out there is working." Take that, and blow it up to the scale of an entire month. For an entire month during the year, people out there forget that work, hustle, grinding, ambition... it's 24/7.
Success doesn't wait on you while you take a break. Most college students are getting drunk by a pool and messing around for the first few weeks in August because school starts soon. If you've learned anything of value in college besides your bullshit coursework that doesn't mean anything, then it should be this — the best time to hustle your ass off is while other people are not.
When you see that the trend in our culture is to sit around with your thumb in your ass and "enjoy what's left of summer," you have to craft the hustler's mindset. July, August — hell, even September — these are the months where you should be putting in those full 16 hours a day. From a pure business standpoint, you're blowing your competition out of the water.
It's not a crime to enjoy the summer months. You simply need to have your priorities in order. When you know that you've taken care of your business to the fullest extent and you have done all you can do, take your time and enjoy the leisure of the summer months. But, if you are truly doing all you can to further your future, you'll quickly find out that there is always more to do and you don't have as much free time as you thought.
August is the month to grind, not to relax by the pool. Then, when all of your friends are stressing out in the dead of winter, you can sip hot coffee with a smirk on your face.