Preparing to go to college is both an exciting and stressful time. There’s so much to think about and do. And if you’ve never lived independently before, you might feel like you have no idea what items you’ll need to bring with you. To help you out, here are five things to pack that you might not have thought of.
Of course you already know you’ll need to bring your own bedding, but if you’re planning to just take one set of sheets, you might want to think again. Depending on the laundry facilities available, it might take hours to dry your laundry once it’s done. The dryers could be occupied or there could be none at all. This means that washing your sheets might become a race against time so you can get them clean and dry before you go to bed again. There’s an easy fix, just bring an extra sheet. This way you’ll always have one that’s dry and ready for use. The same goes for pillowcases.
Basket or shower caddy
At home, you’re probably used to storing your shower items in the shower. In the communal showers of a dorm, this won’t be a possibility. If you’re staying in student apartments, you can continue keeping your items in the shower unless there’s too many of you sharing the same bathroom. But if you live in a dorm, a basket or shower caddy is a must. You’ll carry your soap, shampoo and conditioner in it when you walk to and from the showers.
An under-bed storage bin
Student rooms are usually small, which means limited storage space. If you have a lot of stuff you want to bring with you, this can become a problem. Utilize the space under your bed using storage bins that can be slid underneath. Here’s where you can put a lot of things to keep them out of sight but still easily accessible. It won’t take up any of your precious and limited space, and it will help you keep the environment clutter-free.
Unlike at home, there likely won’t be a storage closet full of cleaning supplies in your student accommodation. When it’s time to get cleaning, you’re on your own. Make sure to bring essential cleaning supplies like wipes, dusters, cleaning sprays and rags to keep your new home clean. You can even consider bringing a mop and a broom if those are not already available.
Okay, it doesn’t need to be Tupperware, but do bring food storage boxes that you can put leftovers or snacks in. This will help you prevent food waste and will make sure that anything that needs to be stored in an airtight container doesn’t go bad when you put it in the fridge. It’s one of those things you don’t really think about, but a good Tupperware can be a real lifesaver.
Hopefully these suggestions include some things you hadn’t already thought of. Add them to your packing list and you’re good to go!