The Most Forgotten Items on Your College Packing Essentials List

13 Essentials College Freshmen Can Pack Now To Avoid A spending Spree In The Fall

Going to college can be rough on anyone at first, but these must-haves will help your transition into dorm life.

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Leaving home for college is always hard but having a good packing list can help with the stress of finally moving out of your parent's house. As a newfound adult, there are many necessities you may forget to bring with you to college. These are the most forgotten items to bring to your new college dorm, and trust me, they'll save your life during your first few weeks at school.

1. Steamer

You have to remember you're living in a dorm and don't have much space to do your laundry let alone whip out an ironing board. Having a small handheld steamer makes it so much easier to get the wrinkles out of your clothes.

Joy Steamer


2. Extra set of sheets

Okay everyone may be telling you this one is excessive, but just trust me. Sometimes you're just not ready to start a new load of laundry to wash your bedding, but your sheets are starting to look grimy. It's so much easier to put on some new sheets and worry about laundry another time rather than putting it off and using gross sheets forever.

3. Rolling laundry basket

This totally saved me my Freshman year as I had to bring my laundry down a long hallway and an elevator. It may seem kind of silly at first, but it starts to get tiring to carry a huge laundry basket down the hall or some stairs every time you need to do a load.


4. Speaker

It's super nice to be able to have your own speaker to blast some tunes in your room with some friends before a long Friday night. Just remember to try not to piss off your neighbors.


Dorm speaker

5. Headphones

Alright I know headphones are so a thing of the past and everyone uses earbuds now but it's time to make the switch. When you're in the library studying all night, you are going to be super annoyed with how earbuds feel in your ears. Plus, it's kinda awk when everyone in a 5-foot radius of you can hear what you're listening to.

Dorm Packing Essentials: Pink Wireless Beats

6. Water bottle & Brita

Dear everyone, that buys tons of plastic water bottles, YOU'RE KILLING THE EARTH. On a more serious note though, no one wants to constantly spend money buying water bottles, and that's nothing compared to having to carry them to your room. It's just easier to carry a water bottle around with you and refill using filtered water. It's better for everyone, including the Earth.

College Packing Essentials: Brita Filter

7. Surge protector/Extension cord

So. Many. Things. To. Plug. In. You never truly realize how many outlets you use until there aren't a ton available. Also, super helpful tip: buy a surge protector that also has USB outlets, that way you don't need to use a block to charge your phone.

8. Portable charger

Between long rides home or just long days at class your phone is going to die fast, and you'll be in need of a portable charger. They're super easy to carry around and you don't have to worry about bring your phone cord and block with you everywhere constantly trying to find a seat next to an outlet.

College Packing Essentials: Portable Charger Bank

9. First-Aid Kit

As shocking as this may be to some people, you will get sick while you're at school and probably feel like you're dying within weeks after move-in. Constantly being around tons of people in a new environment will definitely have an effect on your immune system. It's good to stock up on cold and flu medicine because once you get sick you won't want to make a Target run.

10. Coffeemaker

For those that have never liked coffee, it's about to be your new best friend. You'll find yourself brewing a fresh new pot of coffee every few hours during finals week. Save yourself some money now and buy a coffee machine and don't waste all your money at Starbucks.


College Packing Essentials: Coffee Maker

11. Cheap casual tennis shoes

In college often, times when going out with friends you will surely be coming home with dirty destroyed shoes. It's good to buy some cheap knock-off converse for when you know you don't want to mess up any of your fresh new kicks.

12. Mattress topper

Shocking enough some people don't realize just how uncomfortable and grimy the mattress your school provides for you is. If you plan on getting any good sleep at school, make sure to invest in a nice mattress topper.

13. Air purifier

I didn't realize how much of a necessity this was until I was sharing a tiny dorm room with another person. Especially if you're living in an old building like I did, it's nice to filter all the water and mold spores out of the air to breathe easier and honestly just feel better.

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To The Nursing Major During The Hardest Week Of The Year

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

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To the Nursing Major During Finals Week,

I know you're tired, I know you're stressed, and I know you feel like you can't go on. I know that no part of this seems fair, and I know you are by far the biggest critic of yourself. I know that you've thought about giving up. I know that you feel alone. I know that you wonder why in the world you chose one of the hardest college majors, especially on the days it leaves you feeling empty and broken.

But, I also know that you love nursing school. I know your eyes light up when you're with patients, and I know your heart races when you think of graduation. I know that you love the people that you're in school with, like truly, we're-all-in-this-together, family type of love. I know that you look at the older nurses with admiration, just hoping and praying that you will remain that calm and composed one day. I know that every time someone asks what your college major is that you beam with pride as you tell them it's nursing, and I know that your heart skips a beat knowing that you are making a difference.

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that a failed class doesn't mean you aren't meant to do this. I know that a 'C' on a test that you studied so. dang. hard. for does not mean that you are not intelligent. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

I know that nursing school isn't fair. I know you wish it was easier. I know that some days you can't remember why it's worth it. I know you want to go out and have fun. I know that staying up until 1:00 A.M. doing paperwork, only to have to be up and at clinicals before the sun rises is not fair. I know that studying this much only to be failing the class is hard. I know you wish your friends and family understood. I know that this is difficult.

Nursing school isn't glamorous, with the white lab coat and stethoscope. Nursing school is crying, randomly and a lot. Nursing school is exhaustion. Nursing school is drinking so much coffee that you lose track. Nursing school is being so stressed that you can't eat. Nursing school is four cumulative finals jam-packed into one week that is enough to make you go insane.

But, nursing school is worth it. I know that when these assignments are turned in and finals are over, that you will find the motivation to keep going. I know that one good day of making a difference in a patient's life is worth a hundred bad days of nursing school.

Keep hanging in there, nursing majors. It'll all be worth it— this I know, for sure.

So, if you have a nursing major in your life, hug them and tell them that you're proud of them. Nursing school is tough, nursing school is scary, and nursing school is overwhelming; but a simple 'thank-you' from someone we love is all we need to keep going.

Sincerely,

A third-year nursing student who knows

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40 Finals-Week Moods Stressed College Students Have, Every Year From Freshman To Senior

Inside the minds of many during college finals.

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I recorded responses from college students of all grades describing their current state of mind as they prepare for the end of the year. Do you feel the same way? If you can't relate, these are the realities of many during this crunch to the end of the year.

Freshman Year Mood

1. Initial thought when you wake up? "Study"

2. Food Craving? "Chocolate"

3. How many hours do you sleep? "8"

4. How do you relax from studying? "Take a nap"

5. If you could tell your professors anything? "I need more time"

6. What will you do after your last test? "Pack to go home"

7. Study Skills? "Quizlet"

8. Overcoming Mental Breakdown? "Watch a movie"

9. Biggest misconception about finals week? "There is time to go out"

10. What will you look back on about finals week? "Knowing that you don't have to study every minute of the day"

Sophomore Year Mood

1. Initial thought when you wake up? - "What is the weather today"

2. Food Craving? "Breakfast food"

3. How many hours do you sleep? "9"

4. How do you relax from studying? "Sit outside"

5. If you could tell your professors anything? "Please don't make the tests too hard"

6. What will you do after your last test? " Get ready for SUMMER"

7. Study Skills? "rewrite your notes"

8. Overcoming Mental Breakdown? "take a break"

9. Biggest misconception about finals week? "tests are not a hundred questions long"

10. What will you look back on about finals week? "If you time manage you don't have to do all-nighters"

Junior Year Mood

1. Initial thought when you wake up? - "How am I going to get through today"

2. Food Craving? "Candy anything with sugar"

3. How many hours do you sleep? "6"

4. How do you relax from studying? "I don't plug through is the only option"

5. If you could tell your professors anything? "Am I in a circus"

6. What will you do after your last test? " reward myself BIG time"

7. Study Skills? "Don't sleep until you know it"

8. Overcoming Mental Breakdown? "Rely on friends and your Mom"

9. Biggest misconception about finals week? " It is actually my favorite week if you know what you're doing in your classes. You don't have busy work"

10. What will you look back on about finals week? "That I should have studied earlier"

Senior Year Mood

1. Initial thought when you wake up? - " I think about everything I have to do, more importantly I ned to pass my finance class"

2. Food Craving? "Ice Cream"

3. How many hours do you sleep? "4"

4. How do you relax from studying? "I watch an episode of my favorite TV show"

5. If you could tell your professors anything? "Nothing nice"

6. What will you do after your last test? " Go get a drink"

7. Study Skills? "When it comes to formulas, memorization is key... flashcards"

8. Overcoming Mental Breakdown? "You are allowed to have one, but regroup"

9. Biggest misconception about finals week? "You have to spend an equal amount of time for every class to study... If you know it, don't over do it"

10. What will you look back on about finals week? "That I made It through"

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