What to Bring to College? 5 Things Every College Student Needs

July is almost gone and that means summer is almost over. It’s not just the end of summer, but the beginning of another school year. Teachers and students alike are getting ready for another year of education. For those who just graduated high school, it means the first year away from home at college.

Moving away to college can be a stressful time, filled with doubts and uncertainty. You may be asking yourself how you are going to survive or who you are going to room with. Yet, it’s not just fear. College comes with a lot of excitement. Time to get away from the parents (Don’t burn any bridges because you may need to move back in with your parents after graduation) and live your own life.

One of the most critical questions that you may be asking is what to bring to college?¬†Every soon-to-be college student and their parents asks this question. Here are a list of must have’s for all the soon to be Freshmen out there.

Things to Bring to College

1. XL Twin Sheets

This is an absolute must. College campuses feature extra long twin beds for Freshman and a normal set of twin sheets just won’t cut it. Don’t assume that college is a hotel or bed in breakfast where these things are provided. The prepared college student will arrive with at least one set of sheets, a comforter, and pillows. There’s no reason to forget your linens.

2. Clothing

Don’t be fooled by the hot temperatures at check in. While you may think that you never need any warm clothes, the fall season can come quickly and leave you a little chilly if you don’t come prepared for cooler temperatures. Make sure to pack clothes for all types of weather. Just try to imagine what you wore in the past year and pack that. You may tell yourself that you have time to get these items at Fall break, but what’s to say you won’t take a trip with your new friends.

3. Mini-Fridge

If you know who your roommate is before hand (which you should), be sure to connect with them to see who is bringing the mini-fridge. This not only allows you more flexibility with the Campus Meal Plan¬†(thereby saving you more money), but it is also a great way to keep your drinks cool. There’s nothing that helps you stay up all night studying for that exam like a lot of caffeine. The best dorm room pairs a mini-fridge with a microwave. Nothing says college like Ramen and noodles, right?

4. School Supplies

While college may seem like the perfect escape from all responsibility, don’t forget that college is about learning in the classroom as well. A prepared college student will come with some of the basics of school supplies. Paper, pencils, pens, organizers, etc. You’ve been in school for many years now – you should have this under control. This may also be the perfect time to convince mom and dad to help you with the new computer that you “need” for school. All the cool kids have them.

5. Toiletries

Last, but certainly not least, are the toiletries that you need to bring. Of all the things that your roommate will most appreciate, deodorant is on the top of the list. Maintaining proper hygiene may not seem like a necessity at certain times in college (who didn’t go to their first class in pajamas), it is important to have the necessities: shampoo, soap, toothpaste, deodorant, makeup etc. This may be the time in your life where you meet your future spouse, so come prepared.

While it may seem overwhelming or something that you don’t need to worry about now, getting your stuff together now can decrease stress and lessen the financial burden of preparing for college. You never know when Mom and Dad are going to stop helping you pay for things, so you might as well take advantage while you still can. This may be your ticket to paying for college without going into debt. (It is possible to graduate without student loans, you know…)

What else is on your list to bring to college?

Readers who have graduated from college, what’s the most important thing for Freshmen to bring?

6 Responses to What to Bring to College? 5 Things Every College Student Needs

  1. Adam says:

    Great Article! I second all the recommendations. However, I would like to add mini vacuum and lysol to the list. Even though dorm rooms are often tiny, they’re still important to clean regularly!

  2. A laptop! Bring some easy cook books too. That way you can cook for yourself and save some money. I disagree with vacuum. My dorm room never met a vacuum and I made it out of that first year just fine. :)

  3. A netbook or laptop computer is a necessity these days in college. Gotta have something to write up those term papers with. :)

  4. jefferson says:

    I definitely agree with others that a laptop is now an essential. Doesn’t have to be anything fancy, but it should have a keyboard (i.e.. Not an iPad).

    At my school, the dorms provided a mini-fridge, thankfully. I kept it stocked with natty light and chocolate milk :)

  5. Gosh it wasn’t THAT long ago that I was a freshman in college (but it seems like forever!) I would definitely agree with the above commenters that a laptop – a big one a little one would be great. Or a bigger one and an ipad would work too. Also, for the ladies, things like pepper spray are important for walking around campus at night as well as clothes like you mentioned including hoodies and comfortable things to wear around the dorm. I’m also a big fan of organizers. Dorm rooms aren’t that big so shoe organizers and desk organizers work great!
    Budget Blonde

  6. A laptop is a must carry. A few days supply of Ramen noodles can save a lot of eating out money. If you can bring a couple of cookware and at least a frying pan then soon you could start home/dorm cooking.

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