Back to school season: Preparation for Life Away From Home
Back to school season
After the stress of getting into college is taken off your shoulders, you might find yourself under new pressure when it comes to packing to go to live in a dorm. It’s quite challenging to come up with a list of everything you’ll need to make your new abode feel like home. In addition, you need to learn how to prioritize and find out which things are absolutely vital for you because you can’t move your whole room across the country. Here is a short list of essentials you definitely need to pack.
It’s easy to buy all these things in the closest supermarket, but you’ll want to have your personal toothbrush and soap on the very first day of your stay in a dorm. When it comes to hygiene, it’s really beneficial to be self-sufficient and have all the things you might need, because borrowing such products from other people is never a good idea. The most basic essentials include toothpaste and a toothbrush, shampoo, towels, razors, deodorant and a hairbrush. Depending on your preferences, you might also bring other things that make you feel more comfortable. Last but not least, bring some bed sheets because sleeping on a naked dorm mattress will make your first night in college miserable.
There is always a risk of an emergency so you must be prepared for everything. You don’t need to have a whole stack of pills, but painkillers and band aids will save you on many occasions. Stomach bug, headache, fever or a cut can usually be mended without a trip to the hospital, but you need to have all necessary things for such situations. If you take some medications regularly, get a new prescription from your doctor and buy more because you might not be able to find them in your new place.
A computer and a printer are a must for every college student so pack them before everything else. Another good idea is to buy notebooks, pencils and paper in advance back at home, because there is a chance they will be more expensive on the campus. However, if you’re moving far from home and already have a ton of things to bring, stationary is not in top priority.
One of the things most colleges can’t offer you is a private kitchen. To cook something, you’ll need to share the space with other people, so try to create a little cooking area in your own room. Obviously, you can’t bring a stove, but a small microwave will save you from night hunger many times. A mini fridge and a coffee maker are other things that will make your life easier since with them you can quickly have breakfast without leaving your room. Don’t forget that you’ll probably be sharing your room with a roommate so if you have a chance, contact them in advance and coordinate what each of you will bring.