Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Checklist of stuff to take to University

Getting ready to go away to college is an exciting experience for most students. However, it is also easy to become overwhelmed by the process because there is so much preparation involved. Packing for college can be one of the more stressful steps because it is difficult to know what you will need, especially if you have never lived away from home before. When you begin making a list of what to bring, focus on the necessities and other items that you cannot buy after you get to school.
While most university and college housing provides students with a bed, you must bring your own bedding. Be sure to pack an adequate supply of sheets, pillows and pillow cases. Depending on the climate, you will probably need a comforter or quilt as well. The amount of bedding that you will need depends on how often you plan to do laundry, but it is a good idea to bring at least two sets of sheets so you have a fresh set to put on your bed while you wash the other. Pack a set of towels for your room as well.
While you can buy shampoo, conditioner, soap, face wash, deodorant and toothpaste at a store near your college, buy in bulk at a warehouse store so you have enough to last through the semester or until you go home for your first break. Keep pain relief medications, a first aid kit and any other medical supplies that you might need on hand as well. If your housing situation guarantees you a private bathroom, you should also pack a toilet plunger for emergencies. In addition, you should check to see if the school supplies toilet paper or if you need to bring your own. If you are sharing a bathroom, a shower caddy is a good idea to carry all of your toiletries to and from the communal bathroom. You may also want to pack an inexpensive pair of flip flops to use as shower shoes if you have a communal bathroom.
When selecting clothing for moving to college, it is best not to over pack. Choose the necessary clothing based on the climate of your college's location and how frequently you can go home. If the area experiences temperature changes as the season progress and you cannot go home to pick up additional clothing, pack a range of lightweight and warmer clothing so you can get through several seasons. If you are traveling far from home to an area that gets very cold in the winter, do not forget a heavy coat, gloves, scarf and snow boots. In addition, packing a bathrobe is a good idea if you must walk from your room to a communal bathroom. Do not forget hangers and plastic bins for storing clothes, as well as an iron.
Kitchen Supplies
Many college students are not fond of dining hall fare, so having some cooking supplies in your room can be helpful when you get hungry. However, not all schools allow cooking appliances in dorm rooms so check to see if you can bring items such as a toaster oven, microwave or hot pot. You may want to bring a mini-refrigerator as well to keep drinks cool, as well as utensils, plates, cups and a can opener.
School Supplies
While most college bookstores sell school supplies, their prices can often be high. Buy items like notebooks, folders, printer paper, pens, pencils, highlighters, tape, staples, paper clips and a hole punch before you arrive at school. You should also pack a backpack or book bag to carry your books to class. Most college students find having a laptop convenient so you may also want to bring one. If you have additional computer or electronic equipment, bring extension cords or surge protectors as well.

Electrical Items
Mobile Phone
Digital Camera
DVD Player
MP3 Player/iPod
Alarm Clock
Desk Fan
Hair Dryer

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