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20 First Apartment Essentials You Can't Forget At Your Parent's House

You're gonna need these things...

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Moving into your first apartment can be exciting as well as nerve-wracking. Living on your own is a great way to become more independent and to learn more about yourself, but it can also be a bit scary.

I recently moved into my first apartment on my college campus. While perhaps it's a bit more like a dorm than an apartment, I found there were some items that I'm glad I didn't forget at home.

In the bustle of packing your things and moving in, it is easy to forget a thing or two, but there are some things that are just too important to forget.

1. Vacuum cleaner

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Despite your apartment being "new", it could still be dirty. Make sure to vacuum before doing anything else, and then hold on to it for regular vacuuming!

2. Clorox wipes

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These wipes are LIFESAVERS. They clean almost anything and are great for quick cleaning.

3. Coffee maker

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Everybody needs coffee. Everybody. You need coffee.

4. Key chain

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Don't get locked out on your first day. Invest in a cute lanyard or keychain and never let it out of your sight.

5. Dish soap

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You're going to have dishes and you're going to have to wash them. Buy some dish soap and get to work!

6. Shower curtain

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Apartments don't come with shower curtains. You're gonna need to buy one.

7. Bug spray

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Depending on how old your apartment is, and where it is, you might have a bug problem. You're gonna want to have bug spray on hand, and maybe the number for a good exterminator.

8. Lamps

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You're gonna love lamp when you arrive to move in and realize your apartment has no built-in lighting. If you don't want to be eating your macaroni and cheese by candlelight, you should purchase a lamp or two or three.

9. Water filter

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Sometimes the water that comes out of your sink tastes nasty. It doesn't mean it's toxic or anything, it just might taste gross. If that's the case, having a water filter pitcher or a faucet filtration system might come in handy.

10. Toolkit

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You never know when you might need a hammer or a screwdriver...

11. Shoe rack

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You're always going to have to many shoes than you'll know what to do with. Invest in a shoe rack. Problem solved!

12. First aid kit

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Having a first aid kit lying around is always a good idea. Whether you need a Band-Aid or some antihistamines, you'll be happy you had a first aid kit.

13. Pots and pans

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If you plan to do any cooking in your new apartment, you will need to have a few pots and pans.

14. Plates and bowls

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In the long run, buying a cheap set of plates and bowls will be less expensive than buying paper products, and better for the environment!

15. Cutlery

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Along with plates and bowls, you will probably need forks, spoons, and knives.

16. Rugs

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Rugs are a great way to make a space your own while also covering up any weird carpet stains.

17. Chargers

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You really can't forget this. Make sure you bring your phone charger, laptop charger, and any other charging cables you need. Seriously.

18. Extension cords

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Extension cords are SUPER helpful. You never know where the outlets are going to be, so being able to stretch your cords is essential.

19. Stationary

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Writing letters to friends and family is a great way to stay in touch, so get yourself some paper, envelopes, and stamps!

20. Mugs

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Finally, if you bring anything, bring a mug. It is a cup, bowl, and plate all in one. You really can eat anything out of a mug.

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