When you start college—or return for another year—you will need to bring a lot of things with you. If you are staying at home to attend a local college or take online classes - you will still need a lot of things. Suggestion: do not procrastinate or delay buying what you need.
That’s when everyone scrambles to shop for college supplies and your selection may be limited. Not to mention, you may forget important items if you wait until the last minute.
Instead, you can put together your shopping list now and start looking for the items you need. What items should be on your packing list for college? In the spirit of preparedness, here’s a useful breakdown of college essentials:
A sturdy backpack
For the first day of college, you’ll need a bag for carrying your books and supplies around campus—and it will certainly be one of your most used (if not beloved) essentials. So, don’t skimp on quality! Try to spend time researching college backpacks that will fit your needs.
For example, look for one that is sturdy yet not too heavy, as you’ll probably already be carrying a lot of weight.
Also you can choose one that is roomy enough to tote around everything you will need it to—such as your laptop—and with the right number and size of compartments and pockets. And don’t overlook aesthetics. You will be carrying your backpack everywhere, so you want one you feel good slinging over your shoulders.
College essentials for the dorm (or apartment)
Living on campus, or a nearby apartment? You’ll want to have a list for college dorm or apartment supplies you will need. Here are some items to think about adding to your college dorm checklist:
• Mini fridge. Some dorms may supply these, or you may need to bring your own. A mini fridge is great to store all of your perishable snacks and drinks. • Small appliances, such as a coffee maker, microwave, iron and tabletop ironing board (if you need to look your best), fan, and humidifier (in case the room gets dry). • Cleaning and disinfecting supplies. Dorm rooms can get dingy, so don’t forget basics like sponges, surface cleaners, hand soaps and sanitizers, and dust rags. A handheld vacuum could also be useful for cleaning up small messes. • Desk lamp. Putting a lamp on your desk can make it easier for you to burn the midnight oil—if you need to—and get work done. Plus, if you need to pull an all-nighter while your roommate sleeps, a desk lamp will be especially helpful. • Bed sheets. Try to make sure you know the dorm’s bed size before you buy them. • Bath towels. These are not provided by dorms, try to be sure to bring your own. This is also an opportunity to personalize your bathroom with the patterns and colors of your choosing!
Before you buy dorm room supplies, you can check with your college or dorm management to find out what items will be available to you and what you’re allowed—or not allowed—to have. Some dorms may, for example, have communal microwaves and prohibit students from bringing their own.
Technology and accessories
To maximize study time, you’ll want to line up the right technologies. A laptop will be key for taking notes in class, writing papers or doing coursework. But here are other technologies to consider putting on your college supply list:
Computer mouse. A wireless mouse is a must even if you have a laptop with a built-in mouse may speed up your study and coursework time.
Flash drive. It could be very handy to storing and transport large files you need on a flash drive, to, say, print at the library.
External hard drive. This will give you extra storage. If you run out of room on your laptop, move files and photos to a hard drive.
Printer. Many courses now accept digital copies of papers. That said, certain professors may still ask for a hard copy so a printer may come in handy. Remember to pack extra ink for the printer. (note-keep link to ink finder)
Wireless router. If you are living in a dorm, fast wireless internet is probably provided. Otherwise, you may need to buy a wireless router and modem for your apartment or other living quarters.
Calculator. Depending on your coursework, you may need a scientific calculator. But even a basic calculator can come in handy for crunching numbers in a pinch.
Headphones. Tune out the distractions that come with dorm life with a brand new pair of headphones.
Don’t forget about all of the everyday school supplies that will make college life and studying simpler. Here’s a supply list for college:
Paper notebooks. To stay organized, you’ll probably want at least one notebook per course. Color-coding composition books can help you easily tell them apart.
Academic planner. Keeping track of when assignments are due or various academic and social events can be greatly aided by a planner. The best college plannersare those designed specifically for college students.
Pens and highlighters. You will want an ample supply of writing utensils that make note-taking and coursework easier. Consider getting different color pens and highlighters.
Folders and paper clips. You’ll want supplies to help you keep papers organized. A wide variety of paper clips and file folders are available in different styles and colors to fit your needs.
These items are just the basics. Everything you need personally will depend on your living situation, your coursework, and how you spend your free time. You might, for example, want to bring some entertainment items, such as game console, for your dorm.
Once you start school, your life will get incredibly busy quickly. Don’t hold off buying the things on your checklist for college, so you can focus on your academic life once you’re there.
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