It’s about that time of year again. Graduations and parties have come and gone, and now the packing commences. In all the nervousness and excitement of going off to college, you are bound to overlook something or another in your efforts to include everything you will ever need or want with you for the next year.
While you are racking your brain to come up with what will most likely be a very long list of things to pack, there are very important things you have to consider.
The first thing that is applicable to everyone is outfitting your bedroom. You will need a set of sheets and pillows, but one thing that is also a must is some sort of padding for the bed. In my dorm in college, my mattress was terrible. It was way too firm, and was covered in some sort of terrible and noisy blue plastic thing. A memory foam pad for that bed was probably the best investment I made that year, in all honesty.
My bedroom did have an overhead lamp, but the lighting it gave off was awful. I never used it, having bought a cheap desk and floor lamp that brought a much cozier light to the room.
Also, the room I stayed in had a closet, though the closet did not have any doors to close it off from the rest of the room. To fix this, a roommate suggested using a shower curtain. I was able to pick one up that matched the décor of my room, and hid my unorganized closet space whenever there were guests.
Aside from that, the normal computer, TV, and gaming systems are all good things to consider. Remember to have extra ink and paper for your printer, as well as supplies for classes. Also, don’t forget to bring some books, or some other sorts of hobbies that you enjoy at home. I love to read, and really enjoyed having all my favorite books with me through the years. You may also want cards or board games for something to do if you ever have a group of people around. I know my Apples to Apples was a lifesaver, and got lots of love over the year.
You will also need to outfit the bathroom of your new place. Even if you are subject to a floor-wide bathroom, you will need a shower caddy with all the normal toiletries, towels, and such. You may also want to consider the use of a robe to travel back and forth. If, on the other hand, you have a bathroom connected to your room, you should really invest in one of those caddies that hang from the shower head. There really isn’t that much room on the shelves of those showers, and the only other real option is storing soaps on the floor of the shower, where they will only get in the way. Also, if you use one at home, don’t hesitate to bring your shower radio.
As for the kitchen, what you bring heavily depends on the type of room you will be in. For a small room without a kitchen, I would recommend a mini fridge and a microwave, so that you have a place to keep snacks and easy meals for those nights you don’t have the time or energy to leave the room. If you are lucky enough to have a full kitchen, you and your roommates need to have a talk and decide who is bringing what. You may or may not need a microwave, but you will need dishes, towels, silverware, measuring cups and potholders, pots and pans, a toaster, a coffeemaker, and possibly other kitchen appliances such as a blender or crock pot.
Also, if you are moving to a rainy place and plan to bring a bike for getting from class to class, there is a trick to staying dry. A friend of mine recommended taking a shower cap to cover my bike seat if I had to leave it out in the open. It saved me a lot of uncomfortable riding experiences, and it started a trend in the bikes parked in front of the Math and Physics building!
The important thing is to really run through your mind over and over what your daily activities will be, and to plan accordingly on what to bring. And, on the off chance you do miss something, to know where you can find a Wal-Mart or Target in the area. These stores will be your lifesaver in moving in!