10 Dorm Room Items Freshmen Forget To Pack

10 Dorm Items Freshmen Either Pack Now Or Buy On Amazon Later

If you don't bring these, you'll be hitting up Amazon later.
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The college year is just weeks (or even days) away from starting up again, and for many students starting out as freshman, it's the first time being away from home and living on your own. Packing and trying to figure out what to bring can be a big challenge, and chances are you'll forget some things or at some point during the school year realize you really wish you had something and frantically buy in on Amazon. After my first year, here are some things that I recommend bringing that I either brought with me at move-in or had to pick-up at some point along the way.

1. Power Strip

You'll be lucky if your room has a couple of outlets, so it's a good idea to bring a power strip to plug in all your electronics. Check with your school's policy first to make sure what you bring abides by the fire safety rules.

2. Hand-held Vacuum

In my freshman year, I had carpet, so bringing a hand-held vacuum was so essential to cleaning up every week or whenever something spilled. It was easy to store away and depending on what type of flooring you'll have, it'll probably be a great option.

3. Rain Boots

Nothing is worse than walking across campus is the gross, rainy weather and soaking your shoes and having to deal with them all day. My rain boots were great throughout the year, and I definitely won't be starting the next school year without them.

4. Command Hooks/Strips

If you're planning on decorating your room at all, command hooks and strips are such a necessity. They're much better than double-sided tape and are easy to pull away at the end of the school year. My dorm room was covered with stuff and I had (almost) no issues.

5. Microwavable Bowl

Sometimes, you don't want to trek across campus to get something to eat, and you'd much rather just heat something up in your dorm. I always had some cans of soup or ravioli and having a microwavable bowl was really helpful and made it a lot easier to eat.

SEE ALSO: What Nobody Is Going To Tell You About Freshman Year

6. Lock Box

Whenever you have important documents (like your Social Security card or your birth certificate), expensive jewelry, or any other valuables, having a lock box that you can put under the bed or in a drawer is a nice thing to have and just have a sense of security with your personal items.

7. Mattress Pad

I hate to break it to you, but school-provided mattresses are not comfortable. It's a great idea to buy a mattress pad, which you can find great ones pretty cheap, to give you better nights of sleep and school and maybe give you more home-like comfort.

8. Mini Speaker

Whether you're listening in your room, the shower, the quad, or wherever you may find yourself, playing music is a must and a lot of the time your phone just isn't loud enough. Getting a mini Bluetooth speaker is a good buy and will definitely get a lot of good use.

9. First Aid Kit

While you don't need major medical supplies, having a small number of first aid supplies, like Band-Aids, Neosporin, or Advil, just when you get cut or have a headache. If you live far from home and don't want to go to the health center just for a headache, having some supplies is a good choice.

10. Scissors

This isn't something you might remember to bring, but I definitely got a ton of use from something basic: a pair of scissors. Whether you're opening all the dorm stuff you brought or needing to cut a few things here and there, having scissors was so helpful.

While you'll need a lot more than just these ten items, it's a good starting place and some things you might not bring otherwise.

Now, go off and enjoy your freshman year!

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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