BY JAMES RIDDLE
If you’ve ever packed for a trip, you know how easy it is to forget something valuable. Forgetting something when you leave for college is not as crucial as forgetting a lighter when you go camping in the woods, but it can be frustrating as well. Especially considering it will most likely result in out-of-pocket expenses.
Here are the things you absolutely need in college or university.
Let’s start with the basics. At the very least, you’ll have to take something to study with. In most cases, a laptop, a sturdy backpack and a couple of good notebooks will do. If you want to be extra prepared for the classes, take a small lamp, a lunchbox, and a stapler.
If you’re one of those suburban kids who could blast music on full volume without disturbing anyone, college is going to be hard for you. The only way you can listen to music in the dorm is to throw up a party. If you want to listen to music at night without neighbors complaining, a pair of good headphones is a must for you.
They’re also great for blocking out the noise from the not-so-friendly neighbors who can’t care less about you complaining.
This point is optional for people who are okay with college bed linens, but for the picky students, it’s a must. If you’re not sure if your college provides beddings, contact them and ask. If they don’t you’ll have to get the basic bedding supplies with you.
Those who don’t trust the college to provide them have to take care of this in advance. Besides, lying in the same bedsheets you have at home creates a cozy atmosphere for those of us who are homesick.
Clothes for the climate
Taking a winter coat with you when you depart for your first year of college is probably an overkill. Take the clothes you’ll probably wear for the next couple of months, and ask your parents to send you warm clothes later.
Take a pair of slippers for chilling in the dorm, and make sure your shoes are sturdy. Replacing them if they tear may be a big strain on your budget.
A sewing kit
Clothes tear all the time, and you don’t have the money to get them repaired. You’ll have to do it yourself. Take a simple sewing kit with you, and you’ll save at least a hundred dollars over the course of a year.
Also, take a duct tape for other repairs.
Whether you live in the dorm or choose to rent, you’ll need some kind of storage space. The room you can afford isn’t going to be big, and your clothes can’t just be lying on the floor. Take a garment rack, a dozen hangers, and make some of the boxes you used for packing to store extra stuff like chargers, clean socks, etc. You might want to bring an extra box to store Diamond Studs jewelry or other valuables.
If you’re renting with plenty of roommates, take a curtain or a large piece of cloth to make your space a bit more private.
A first aid kit
Even though the pharmacy can be a block away, it’s always better to have the first aid meds close to you. Make sure that you pack antidiarrheal, mild pain killers, cough meds, and adhesive tape to treat wounds.
Don’t forget to make a list
When you’re packing for college, don’t just rely on a list from the Internet. Create a list for yourself, check and double-check if it has everything you need, and use it while packing.
By line: James Riddle is a multi-topic writer at WhenIPost.com passionate about new technologies, marketing trends and branding strategies. He is always seeking to discover new ways for personal and professional growth and is convinced that it’s always important to broaden horizons. That`s why James develops and improves his skills throughout the writing process to help and inspire people.