7 Important Things to Pack and Bring to College
BY LORRAINE McKINNEY
You are getting ready to go to college. All of the admission papers have been signed and all of the financial aid has been taken care of. Now all you nee to think about is what you will be bringing to college. Here are seven important things to bring to college.
1. Notebooks – While some people like to take notes on a laptop, it is actually better to write your notes down on paper. Writing your notes puts the information into your brain more solidly. Reading over them later helps you to remember them better. Invest in notebooks that have good covers that will last. One notebook, at least, per class is probably what you will need.
2. Backpack – Unlike high school you will be carrying your books and notebooks around all day to each class. You will need a sturdy backpack to carry all of your supplies. Some students use small backpacks that can be wheeled around campus, but those can get in people’s way. A sturdy backpack that fits you will be your best friend at college.
3. Mini fridge – A mini fridge is a necessity in a college dorm. You can store drinks and snacks there in case you get hungry after the dining hall is closed. You will need to check with your college administration but normally most colleges allow you one mini fridge per room. Stock it with healthy snacks to keep your brain functioning during your all nighters. If you are wrapped up in reading and forget to eat dinner you will have food right there for you.
4. Shower caddy/shoes – Dorm life will be easier if you purchase a shower caddy and shower shoes. A shower caddy will help you tote all of your shower necessities including shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, and more to the dorm shower. If you step in the shower without your caddy you will have to go back to your room and get your necessities. Shower shoes will help keep fungus and other gross things from getting onto your feet. Good shower shoes are also a necessity.
5. Laptop – Some schools supply laptops or computers. “You can use those or bring your own from home. Your own laptop will be accessible twenty-four hours a day every day. Computer labs usually have limited times when they are open and accessible. Also bring along a hard drive and jump drive to backup your papers and other important information,” suggests an expert at VelvetJobs.
6. Laundry bag – Whether you do your laundry at home or on campus you want to have a laundry bag and good detergent. A laundry bag will give you a place to keep your laundry and to store it before you wash it. You do not want your laundry to pile up on your floor. That will not make you a good roommate.
7. Bedding – You will want to bring along a bed bug proof mattress pad to discourage the little things from eating you alive. Along with the mattress pad you will need an extra long twin sheet set. Bring a pillow that works for you. You do not want to wake up with a sore neck the first day of classes. A good warm blanket and a throw will round out your bedding needs.
Going to college will be a fun and exciting time. You will make new friends and get to know your roommate. It can be a stressful time too if you have not prepared ahead of time. Make sure you are prepared with these essentials and you will have a great time in classes and in your dorm.
Lorraine McKinney is an academic tutor and e learning specialist.