Hi everyone! My name is Erin Harrison and I’m a 2/5 Civil Engineering major from Virginia. As you begin getting ready for your first year of college you may be wondering what to pack, so here’s a bit of an overview:
|· Towels||· Laptop|
|· Shower Caddy||· Phone & Laptop Charger|
|· Shower Shoes||· Headphones|
|· Shampoo & Conditioner||Other Items|
|· Body Wash & Loofah||· Backpack & School Supplies|
|· Razors||· Snacks|
|· Makeup||· Decorations|
|· Toothbrush & Toothpaste||· Calendar|
|· Lotion||Dorm Room|
|· Retainer||· Clothes|
|· Deodorant||· Pillows|
|· Medicine||· 2 Sets of Sheets|
|· Pads/Tampons||· Laundry Basket|
|Cleaning Supplies||· Hangers|
|· Laundry Detergent||· Desk Lamp|
|· Disinfecting Wipes||· Command Hooks|
|· Air Freshener||· Calendar|
|· Vacuum||· Curtains|
|· Fan (*I definitely recommend, the dorm rooms can get very hot and the A.C. gets turned off at a certain point)|
|· Trash Can (most dorm rooms have one, but it’s helpful to bring another so each roommate can have their own)|
When it comes to bringing stuff for your dorm room, make sure to communicate with your roommate(s)! There are certain things you’ll only need one of for your room, so make sure to text your roommate(s) throughout the summer to avoid wasting money on things you don’t need. Some of the stuff you’ll only need one of are things like a microwave, refrigerator, carpet, curtains, and mirror, so it’s best to split up who brings what. If you already have one of the items offer to bring it, otherwise just talk to your roommates to figure out the easiest way to get everything.
One thing that I found helpful to bring was stuff from home to decorate your dorm room. It helps to personalize the space and make it feel like your own, which can go a long way in helping you adjust to the move. One of the most important things is to make the space feel like your own, so bring whatever will make it feel more like home!
One of the most important things to remember though, is not to panic if you forget something or can’t fit everything in your car. Everything I’ve listed can be found at the nearby target, and its just a quick trip to pick anything up.
Good luck with packing! Can’t wait to meet you all in the fall!