The College Check List for Fall Semester (for when you move in)
So school is starting again in a few days… and I’ve been busy with all my summer plans and trying to work on my poster along with other things, but I’m writing to give you another blog right now!
So did you already move in yet if you’re an entering college freshman? If you are this may be a bit late, but I still want to tell you this anyways. I will first do an emergency check list for people who are moving in within a few days or have yet to pack or don’t know what to buy. I’ll break down by the essentials and go from there. Also this is more of a freshman/possibly sophomore list because Juniors and Seniors have much nicer housing and some things will be changed.
The Emergency/Bare Minimum Check List
- Bed Sheets, Pillow/s, Blankets
- Notebooks, pens, pencils, paper
- Clothes (preferably a small section of summer clothes and winter and a large selection for fall), possibly some hangers too
- 1 pair of slippers/flip flops
- Shampoo, conditioner, comb, toothbrush, cosmetic needs
- medicine (if you need it)
- 1 basket for dirty laundry and detergent
- college books
That’s all you really need here to really survive in college and pretty much the bare minimum.
The Essentialist list
- Boxes to hold all of your extra stuff (for supplies, utilities, etc). This can be large bins or thin bins.
- Small-Large fan. It gets really hot in the dorms depending where you are going, here it’ll be hot when we still move in but the temperature will go down as Fall approaches. The small/large is basically for what you can and can’t fit into your luggage for move-in.
- Hangers (if your dorm has any closet type space, which they will most likely have)
- Some snacks because sometimes you’re lazy to move out of the dorm for food anyways
- flip flops (more than 1 pair)
- Shower caddy (to hold your shampoo, toothbrush, etc. Very useful)
- Bed raisers (if your dorm beds don’t raise on their own)
- Mattress pad for your bed (it’s not really necessary, but the beds aren’t all that comfortable so you should get one anyway, unless you like a stiff bed, then you don’t need it)
- cups (If you’re pouring drinks for tea, coffee etc), also a sponge and soap
- umbrella (it rains)
- 1 or 2 pairs of nice clothes (this is depending, some people dress up all the time but if you’re like me you just need 1-2 pair of your fancy clothes, I only had to wear mine once and over packed, girls will probably need more)
The Recommended list (but not completely necessary)
- Printer, printer paper, and ink (mainly for color prints and when you are lazy)
- Water filter if you’re being eco-friendly, water bottles otherwise.
- Mini-fridge/microfridge: This is for convenience really or if you have stuff that need to be kept cool, then it’s very useful.
- Posters (for decoration)
- rug (decoration)
- Trash bin (they provide you one, but if you’re lazy like me then you’d want to bring another one so you don’t have to take out the trash as often)
- Cleaning supplies (hand sanitizers, wet wipes)
- Vacuum (Holy Cross has very lovely cleaning helpers that come in to wipe the floor or vacuum the carpet and take out the trash once a week, BUT you will probably make messes on the weekend and a mini vacuum would be useful. They don’t let you borrow their cleaning supplies, from my experience)
- Cooking supplies in case you would like to do your own cooking
- speakers if you want to have some fun
This is pretty much it and all I can think of now. I’ll edit it later on and add things more as I see fit and what is needed. I’m going to be moving in this Sunday myself, and I should probably get packing and cleaning (and work on the poster) but I have a lot of blog ideas and I would like to get out some more posts for you guys so I’ll continue updating.
All the best!
- A camera for pictures of your year, or your smartphone camera would work just fine
- Lamp for your desk, or in general to just light up the room some more
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