When everything is finally pack and mom’s fabulous minivan is packed to the brim full of the necessities for her baby going off to college, it is important to make room for the following ten items. These ten items will make dorm living a lot more bearable for every college student.
Shower shoes: With multiple people using the same showers, shower floors become very dirty, very quickly. It is impossible to know exactly what is circling the shower drain. Bring a pair of old flip flops or aqua shoes to wear in the shower and prevent any unwanted dirt or bacteria.
Earplug: Dorms are noisy. From neighbors with 3 A.M. Guitar Hero sessions to the girls gossiping outside the hall, pack a pair of earplugs and sleeping mask to guarantee a few hours of quiet, uninterrupted sleep.
Water filter: Water is needed to stay hydrated during an all- night study halls or from going from class to class. Since the tap water might not be filtered, a simple filtered water jug or bottle can keep the student from drinking water that tastes like dirt.
Charging cords: From iPods to alarm clocks and every other electrical device in between, it is vital to bring every charger that is compatible with the electrical devices. Forgetting a cell phone charger at home can be murder after three days away from home.
Extra-long bed sheet: For some odd reason, many college dorm twin beds are extra-long. When shopping for bed sheets, look for extra-long ones to prevent the fitted sheet from coming up every night. Students appreciate a good night sleep in a well dressed bed.
Fan: Since many dorms do not have air conditioning, a fan is extremely helpful for the first few weeks of the semester until the brisk fall enters. The fan can reappear after the winter months when the spring sun turns the dorm room into a sauna.
Quarters: A roll of quarters can be incredibly useful to any college student. From laundry machines to late-night snacking at the vending machine, quarters are a necessity. They also come in handy when the hall is playing card games.
An overnight bag: From staying at a friend’s apartment on the other side of campus to going on a spontaneous camping trip with a few friends, an overnight bag is extremely handy. No one wants to pack their gigantic suitcase just for a quick workout at the gym.
Air freshener: With many individuals sharing the same building to live in, chances are the halls will start to stink after a few days. Bring an air freshener or spray to sanitize the dorm.
Camera: Many, many memories will be made during the college years. Bring a handy camera to capture all the good times. This will be handy to laugh at and share with others later.
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