We’ve reached the point in the year where seniors in high school have fatal cases of Senioritis. If you are anything like me, you’ve already started scouring the internet for packing tips, decorations, and even a video tour of some of the dorms at your dream school. In the craziness surrounding your last semester and the slew of graduation parties, it’s easy to forget things before you move.
Now that I have been in college for more than a semester, I have a compiled list of everything that either I or one of my friends forgot to bring that was a dorm essential. No worries, guys. You’ll be okay.
1. Sleeping Bag
This one sounds so weird, I know. When I told my mom that I wanted to bring this, she looked at me like I was crazy. Even so, we packed it with my stuff and headed out. My sleeping bag has come in handy so many times and I’m only one semester in. It’s been great to have if hall mates decide to have a sleepover on your floor, or even when friends visit from home. I mean, you can’t fit everyone in your twin size bed. This is what most people in my dorm regret not bringing and they borrow mine often. If you aren’t planning on having visitors, then you might be able to get away without it but it is still handy when your friend gets kicked out of their room for the night. Even better, if your roommate is really sick you can take it to go to someone else’s room so you don’t get sick too.
Guys. This is so important. Batteries are so expensive, especially if you live in the city like me. You’ll be surprised how many things you’ll pack for school that will need batteries, plus it is nice to have some on hand for when they die instead of having to take an emergency trip to the store.
3. Clorox Wipes
Remember me saying that you might evacuate your room if your roommate gets really sick? These help to clean stuff so you don’t get sick after them, helps clean up sticky spills when your tea tries to be a gymnast, or even just helps to dust. I cannot live without my tub of Clorox wipes.
4. Water Bottles and Water Pitcher
So, I don’t actually have a water pitcher, but I wish I did. Some of my friends do and then they don’t have to run to the lounge to make tea or fill up their water bottle and it is always cold. As for water bottles, bring a few. You don’t want to have just one because you’ll have to clean it all the time and if someone knocks it out of your backpack on the floor and it breaks, you’ll have an extra. That didn’t happen to me or anything… But please, for all things good in the world, wash your water bottles at least once a week. Don’t make yourself sick.
5. A Fan
I’m sure you’ve heard this one but surprisingly many people still forget this. Even if your dorm has brand new air-conditioning, bring one. Otherwise you just have stagnant air. It’s nice to get it moving and you’ll be surprised at how little regular air-conditioning does when you have more than 2 people in your room. Humans are like little portable heaters. Lesson learned.
If you don’t listen to anything else, just listen to this one. You need one. The air in dorms get really dry. I mean, REALLY DRY. As in, you wake up and can’t talk, dry. Nosebleeds. Sore throats. Need I go on? Just get one to help add moisture to the air so you don’t suffer. Please. For your sake.
7. Air Freshener
First, you won’t be able to smell this, so it is typically for guests. We’ve discovered that if you live in the room with the smell, you can’t smell it even if you have left for a while. These just help your room feel more like home and it’s great to hear how our room smells fantastic every time someone walks in.
8. Color Catchers
Laundry is a pain in the butt and expensive to do at school. Bring color catchers so all of your clothes can get washed together instead of multiple loads separated by color. It will save you so much money by the end of the year. I’ve probably saved close to $20 by being able to do all of my laundry together.