Things you didn’t know you needed

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For incoming college freshman planning to live on campus, packing for the move is one of the most stressful and exciting times of your life. There are plenty of packing lists out there to help you make sure you bring all the essentials, but packing for college is largely a personal endeavor.

With that said, there are a lot of things that young adults sometimes don’t realize they need until it’s too late. Let’s face it: Mom and Dad have probably made sure that you have most things you need without waiting for you to ask for them. Having to come up with that list on your own is a challenge.

Here are some things you want to consider bringing to school that might not already be on your packing list:

  • A fan. Yes, fans cool you off. They also provide ambient noise. Chances are, you’ll be sharing a room with a stranger. You might learn for the first time that you’re a light sleeper. Earplugs are also a great, cheap investment.
  • Rain gear. Even if you’re lucky enough to have a car on campus, you’re likely going to be doing A LOT of walking on campus. And rain isn’t an excuse to not go to class. An umbrella, a rain jacket and most importantly, rain boots, will go a long way.
  • Everyday essentials you take for granted: Tissues. Tape. Water filter. A full-length mirror. Safety pins. A 3-hole punch (especially if you like using binders). A flash drive (you might not always have Wi-Fi). Cleaning supplies.
  • A real alarm clock. If you don’t wake up when you’re supposed to, no one is going to wake you up. Your phone is great, but it also has a short battery life.
  • First aid supplies. Most campuses have some health services available, but you definitely want to be able to handle minor medical issues independently.
  • A small hammer and tool kit can be a real lifesaver.
  • A bathroom scale. Want to know how to beat the notorious freshman 15? Weigh yourself. Knowledge is power.
  • Note-taking supplies. Studies have shown that you’re more likely to retain information if you write it down (versus typing). The choice is yours, but old-fashioned notebooks, pens, highlighters and binders might be the key to a successful first semester.
  • Other things you might undervalue when looking at packing lists: A reading light. A backpack. A desk or wall calendar. A hot pot. A bike.

Of course, this list isn’t everything you’ll need. And some of you might not need these things either. The best tip when packing for college is to concentrate on bringing things that you truly use regularly, and pare down on everything else.

Visiting the campus ahead of time is a great way to learn some of the things you might need to bring with you – seeing sample dorm rooms, computer labs and residence halls is invaluable when it comes to packing lists.

To schedule your summer visit at Hilbert College, click here. We have a spot reserved for you!

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