16 Things You Need In Your College Survival Kit

16 Things You Need In Your College Survival Kit

Here's to many wonderful naps and as few sick days as possible.

The fall semester is fast approaching! Whether it's your first time heading off to college or you're nearing the end of your time there, we could all do with a no-nonsense list of things that you absolutely have to bring. These items will make you much more comfortable, not to mention make you more ready to handle everything that life will throw at you.

1. Emergen-C

This stuff will literally keep you alive. It's #1 on this list for a reason.

2. Mattress Topper

You'll want to make your bed as comfortable as possible.

3. Clorox Spray

The lazy college student's best friend; just spray and it does all the hard work for you.

4. Clorox Wipes

For quickly cleaning up all the little messes and killing all the germs.

5. Germ-X

Have one of these with you at all times. There's no telling who has touched the door handles before you.

6. Some kind of safe/lock box

Your roommates may be your best friends and you may trust them with all your secrets, but there's no telling who will end up in your room and what kind of state they will be in. It's best to keep certain things (like your hard-earned money) out of sight.

7. Febreze

Not suggesting that you just spray your clothes with Febreze instead of actually washing them, but it helps to make the dorm feel a little more homey.

8. Sweatpants

Freshmen, your first time wearing sweatpants to class will come much sooner than you think.

9. An oversized hoodie

Perfect for embracing your inner potato.

10. A sleep mask

To make falling asleep as effortless as possible.

11. Extremely comfortable shoes

You'll bring all your cutest sandals, but you'll inevitably resort to the most comfortable shoes you own the lazier and busier that you get.

12. A reusable water bottle

STAY HYDRATED. I cannot emphasize this enough. With all that running around you have to do, you have to keep your body healthy. Plus, there are so many colors!!

13. A planner and/or calendar

No matter how disorganized you are, we all have to become a little bit more like Leslie Knope in order to survive in college.

14. Dry shampoo

Sometimes, you just need those extra 15 minutes in the morning to get you through the day.

16. Chocolate, and plenty of it

Chocolate is vital for keeping your mood up during those long study sessions.

Well, there you have it. The things that absolutely everyone needs in college and nothing that you don't. Here's to many wonderful naps and as few sick days as possible.

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"Hello? Are there any ghosts in here?"

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Are you sure the local Chick-Fil-A doesn't accept meal swipes?

7. Who am I supposed to annoy at 2am if my friends don't live down the hall anymore?

2:30 AM: "Mom? Dad? Wanna go get french fries with me? Maybe watch a movie?"


"Okay maybe tomorrow...Sorry for bothering you. Okay good talk!"

8. "Mom you're going to do my laundry now, right?"

I mean it's kinda your job isn't it?

No? Okay yes ma'am I will do my own laundry no problemo, aye aye captain!

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*Me talking to myself through the camera on Snapchat*:

"So we're approaching day four with zero human interaction. Pretty good work, but we could do better!"

10. Yes, final grades are in! Can't wait to see what I got this semester!

*Slowly closes computer screen*

11. Do I really have to ask my parents to leave the house?

*Doesn't Ask*:



Mom: "Oh honey you're an adult now, you don't have to ask! Come and go as you please!"

12. Chores? Yea no thank you.

They've been doing them without me for months. They're all set.

13. Wait, so forreal though.. do restaurants in town take my meal plan?

Bank Account: $5.93

*Whispers to worker* "I won't tell if you don't. Just swipe my school ID, see if it works."

14. Will my Juul set off the fire alarm in my bedroom?


*Rips Juul*

15. I kinda underestimated how weird it would be to hang out with people from my high school again.

"Oh no you haven't changed a bit Janice! Your baby is so cute lol."

*Awkwardly laughs*

16. Why do my old friends have new friends?

I don't like this, not one bit.

17. Can they tell that I'm not really listening to their stories about school?

"Yeah haha Delta Sigma Mu sounds sooooo dope Chad, that's ~wild~ that you had late nights three times a week lol!"

"Oh you snuck into the football stadium when the gates were unlocked?? That's crazy, you're crazy, school sounds... crazy!"

18. I'm bored. How long until I can go back to school?

Is it too late for a summer intersession?

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