College Essentials-Don’t Go to College Without Me!

We’ve all been there, or at least we’d all get there sometime-the dreaded week before going to college, it may be exciting for some, but for me, it was literally hell on earth, I was a ball of anxiety, nervousness, occasional sadness and little ol’ persistent confusion, Honestly! If not for my father’s persuasion, I really would have just kept postponing my resumption date, and maybe even till today-four years later, I may still not have been courageous enough to actually pack my bags and head to college.

Amidst all my confusions, was the never-ending one of what I should take as a freshman, I lived in a college dorm through my four years, so I definitely didn’t need a car to transport myself back and forth, so in actuality now that I look back on those times, I was basically having so much anxiety over tissue paper and stationaries.

In order to make the job so much easier for you stars, I’m going to list down all the essential items, you are going to most definitely need in your first year (or semester) at university-No frivolities included!

Of course this list entails provisions for both male, female and other genders.

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COLLEGE PACKING LIST|MISSPRESIDENT BLOG
COLLEGE PACKING LIST|MISSPRESIDENT BLOG

LAUNDRY, CLOTHES, AND MORE CLOTHES

Honestly, you can’t go wrong with clothing, please bring enough, you could even go back after the first semester and bring more, just ensure you’re not the girl wearing the same exact striped shirt every Tuesday.

  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Jeans
  • Jackets (Bomber Jackets, Denim Jackets, Leather Jackets)
  • Underwear (Like you could forget)
  • Shirts and Tops (Honestly! these need to be in different colors and styles, cause you can definitely repeat a lower body garment several times a week, but it won’t go that easy with a top/shirt, except of course you want to be known for that)
  • Socks
  • Shorts
  • Tracksuits/Sportswear (Of course you want to keep fit in college)
  • Sweatshirts, Sweatpants
  • Nightdresses/pyjamas
  • Sun dresses (For those rare moments you can spare to get away from course works and assignments in order to hit the beach)
  • Party dresses and shirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Laundry Basket and other cleaning agents (Soaps, Detergents, Bleach etc)
  • Handbags, Tote bags
  • Lint Rollers
  • Jewellery
  • Sneakers/Boots
  • Sandals
  • Hangers
  • Hat/Cap
  • Swimsuits
  • Shoe racks/storage
  • Belts
  • Watch (Don’t splurge on Cartier please)
  • Iron
  • Formal wear
  • Suitcase

ROOM/HOME DECOR

  • Wallpaper (Maybe one that gives a little insight into the kind of person you are, I used to have a wallpaper’over my bed with the words ‘LOVE IS LOVE’ emblazoned on it, which showed people that I was a part of the movement even before they spoke to me) Of course if you can’t get one of those, you could always get your favorite sports team or celebrity.
  • Desk Lamp
  • Rug/ Carpet
  • Personal photos (Tip: If the pictures are not framed to be hung on the walls and you don’t have access to tape or glue at that time, you can tie a rope/string from one end to the other and peg the photos onto them–my friend did this and everyone thought she was a genius for a week)
  • Curtains (In a colour you like, please)
  • Clock
  • Wastebin
  • Bedside table
  • Desk Chair
  • Bean bag/pouf (only if extremely necessary)
COLLEGE ESSENTIALS|MISSPRESIDENT BLOG
COLLEGE ESSENTIALS|MISSPRESIDENT BLOG

STATIONERIES/ SCHOOL SUPPLIES

  • Pens, Pencils, Highlighters
  • Rulers
  • Erasers, Sharpeners
  • Book bag
  • Sticky notes
  • Calendar/Daily planners
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Paper
  • Notebooks
  • Jotters
  • Paper Clips
  • Calculator

BEDDINGS AND HYGIENE ESSENTIALS

  • Bedspreads
  • Comforter/Quilt
  • Duvet/Blanket
  • Decorative/Throw pillows
  • Sleeping pillows
  • Coverlets
  • Pillowcases
  • Paper towels
  • Wipes
  • Shower shoes
  • Slippers
  • Towels
  • Bathrobe (If necessary)
  • Antiseptic
  • Sanitary Kits
  • First Aid kit, and any other prescription medicines (Honestly! the health center will do better with one less student)

COSMETICS AND MAKEUP

  • Deodorant
  • Perfumes/ Body Sprays, Colognes
  • Soap Bag/Case
  • Shower gels/Bathing soaps
  • Shower caps
  • Body Scrubs, Body washes
  • Skincare items (Creams, Oils, Gels)
  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Hair tools (Combs, Brushes)
  • Nail Clippers, Polishes
  • Hair Straightener, Hair Curler, Hair Dryer
  • Toothbrush, Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash/ Mouth sprays (College is a kissing booth, tbh)
  • Cotton Swabs/Buds
  • Mirror
  • Air Freshener
  • Of course, for the avid makeup lovers, never forget that makeup kit with all your favorite beauty brands and products

ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES

  • Fan (If permitted by your school)
  • Extension Cords
  • Phones, Tablets
  • Chargers
  • Laptops, Computers
  • TV
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo/Speaker set
  • Game Equipments

NO, I DID NOT FORGET FOOD, GIRL!

  • Water Bottle
  • Coffee mug
  • Pots and Pans
  • Liquid Dish Soaps
  • Forks and Spoons
  • Napkins
  • Plastic/Disposable cups
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Microwave, Toaster, Coffee maker, Hot plate (If permitted)
  • Sodas and Drinks
  • Biscuits
  • Cereals
  • Juice boxes
  • Chocolate Spreads
  • Peanut butter & jelly
  • Honey, Butter or Jam
  • Hotdogs, Sardines
  • Chips, Popcorn
  • Granola and Chocolate Bars
  • Food Spices, Flavourings and Condiments
  • Any snack you like, Honestly! (Eat healthy)
COLLEGE ESSENTIALS|MISSPRESIDENT BLOG
COLLEGE ESSENTIALS|MISSPRESIDENT BLOG

EXTRA ITEMS

  • Debit Cards
  • Credit Cards
  • Student ID Card
  • Social Security Card (In countries necessary)
  • Umbrella
  • Drivers’ License (If you have one)
  • All documents entailing important academic information
  • All documents issued to you by the university you’re about to attend

With this, you can get your head into college, and get ready for busy mornings, tedious course works, lots of parties, and amazing, amazing memories.

XO, ANGEL JOANNE

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