You traveled, you packed, you even bought a handheld steamer (I know, technology these days), but nothing can ever fully prepare you for the feeling you get when you create your home-away-from-home in a freshman dorm room. Move-in is crazy and hectic, but when you catch yourself leaving the library announcing to your new friends that you’re headed home, and it really does feel like home, every list you made and box you carried becomes instantly worth it. In order to achieve this feeling of comfort in a new place with a room you are most likely sharing with a stranger, you have to know what to get.
Fortunately for me, my school collaborated with Bed, Bath, and Beyond and made a list of what to bring and what to leave at home. Fortunately for you, most schools collaborate with Bed, Bath and Beyond in the same way, so even if you don’t plan on doing most of your shopping there you still have a helpful list of what you’ll need.
Every college kid needs essentials like bedding, lamps, towels, etc., but things like command hooks, notebooks, staplers, and scissors have proved equally vital for my first days of classes. My biggest piece of advice is to find a balance of what you need to bring. I refrained from bringing things like a bean bag until I finished setting up my room and found the perfect spot for a six foot, red bean bag that’s scheduled to arrive in the mail tomorrow.
But seriously, while you don’t want to over pack you also don’t want to skimp on things like pencils and pens either because as much as we focus on the fun side of college, we’re quickly thrown into the harsh life of 8 a.m.’s and three hour labs.
So have fun with it, bring what you need, make the space your own, and don’t stress if you forgot something like a mattress topper (guilty) because Amazon Prime is a sweet deal for college kids and all your retail problems can be solved in two business days time.