As the Fall 2017 semester is quickly approaching, fellow college students are making their shopping lists and checking it twice to make sure they have everything they need for a successful move in. If you're anything like me, lists are your life. I write down everything I need and reread it 100 times while at the store, but I also know that I'm extremely forgetful and if I don't write it down, I'll never purchase it. If you're a college freshman this fall, do not fear when it comes to packing and shopping. You might think your mom is going crazy buying 5 packs of toilet paper and 100 clothes hangers but let me tell you kids, she's absolutely right.
If you're new to college/dorm life or just as forgetful as I am, here is an all-inclusive list of what you might want to consider bringing with you:
1. Extra bed sheets
Bed sheets get dirty FAST. It's always a good idea to have an extra set or two on hand for spills and stains.
2. Toilet paper
If you live in a traditional hall, toilet paper will probably always be available in your bathroom. But if you live in an apartment/suite, you should make sure you always have some on hand. Dining hall food can really wreck your stomach at first.
3. Paper towels
Messy people unite!
4. Clorox wipes & other cleaning supplies
Things get dirty and dusty. Make sure to designate at least 1 cleaning day a week.
5. Clothes drying rack
Did you know drying things like bras and leggings in a dryer make them wear out faster? Have a drying rack in order to keep your clothes safe
6. Vacuum cleaner
You are in charge of your room here, make sure it's clean for room checks.
7. Laptop & chargers
Duh, I know. But chargers are easy to forget or break.
8. Lots of towels
You aren't going to want to spend money on laundry everyday. I had enough towels for 2 weeks and it seemed to work out well enough.
9. Lots of underwear
Like I said, you don't want to be doing laundry every few days.
Res hall floors are gross sometimes. Always have some socks or shoes on when roaming the halls.
11. Shower caddy
It's easier to remember your bathroom necessities when they're all conveniently placed in one spot.
12. Soap/body wash
Again, duh, but things like this go unnoticed until you're sweaty and gross and in the shower with nothing to clean yourself with.
13. Keruig or coffee pot
Late nights sound like a good idea until you're walking to class like a zombie. Invest in a coffee pot (most halls prefer Keruig's or one cup makers without a hot plate).
A mini fridge will save you on rainy nights when you have no motivation to go get dinner.
Ramen, mac & cheese, breakfast plates, yum!
16. DIsh soap
No one is there to do your dishes anymore except you. Invest in some dish soap.
17. Laundry detergent/fabric softener
Super important! Keep your clothes smelling fresh.
18. Lots of quarters for laundry
Sometimes your ID will pay for laundry, but every college/university is different. Make sure you have your quarters for the laundry room/laundromat.
19. Paper plates
Easier than doing dishes every night, and their microwave safe.
20. Microwave safe bowls
You'll thank me later
Dry skin is painful, bring lotion.
Nobody likes to smell your BO. 2 packs are a good idea.
23. Hair brush
You probably won't use it much, but it's nice to have.
24. Tylenol & other pain meds
Headaches are real. So are allergies. Be prepared!
25. Insurance card(s)
Anything can happen. Make sure you are ready for good days and bad.
26. ID (driver's license AND school ID)
IDs are super important, and are kind of a lifeline at LHU. Don't lose it!
Clearly, you need a backpack.
28. An extra notebook
Space fills up fast.
30. LOTS OF PENCILS AND PENS
It's great to be the hero when the kid next to you asks "Hey, do you have a pencil?" until you give out all your pencils and are stuck trying to remember everything your prof said.
31. Phone charger
It's good to keep an extra one on hand as well.
32. Desk lamp & lightbulbs
Your overhead room light will probably be terrible, so bring a small lamp with you.
33. Laundry hamper
34. Photos of family and friends
There's a good chance you'll get homesick.
35. Shower shoes
As previously mentioned, floors can get kind of gross.
Don't think it won't be cold in September. It will be
37. At least one dressy outfit
You never know what each day will bring, so make sure you have one outfit for meetings or presentations.
38. Comfortable shoes
Especially if you go to a big campus.
Just trust me.
40. Lots of hair ties and bobby pins
This goes for any kind of trip you take or move, hair ties snap and bobby pins grow legs and run away, and trust me, you'll be rocking lots of messy buns.
41. Dry shampoo
Who even washes their hair anymore???
42. Clothes hangers
Drawer space is very limited
How else will you keep up on all your fave shows and Netflix???
44. HDMI cord
45. Cable cord
46. Ethernet cable
School wifi isn't the most reliable
47. Command hooks
Use with caution
48. First aid kit
49. Mattress pad & mattress foam
Beds are rough
51. Rain-friendly shoes
52. Feminine products
54. Razors/shaving supplies
55. Tooth paste and tooth brush
Do this not for yourself, but for everyone else around you
57. Non-perishable snacks
I've never used one while at school, but you never know if you'll need it.
60. Digestive agents
Dining hall food can be rough on your stomach at first, and so can the other crappy food choices you will probably make
61. Storage bins/totes
62. Your makeup
You probably won't use it much, but it's good to have
63. Skin care
Dorm printers are extremely unreliable
66. Air freshener
***Some things will be prohibited by your residence hall. It's always a good idea to check out the student handbook or ask your RA for a list of items you cannot have in your room, like candles or hot plates