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Packing for Your First Dorm Can Be Exciting and a Little Scary
For many people, moving into your first college dorm may be the first time you’re out in the world on your own. The realization of all this new freedom can be both liberating and frightening.
But what about packing? Amidst the chaos of college registration, orientation, and the pure excitement of finally going to college, sometimes the packing process gets put aside until the last minute.
But packing is one of the most important things you can do to prepare for your new dorm! Here are a few college packing tips for a successful move-in day.
1. Cleaning Products
Most people don’t like cleaning, so it’s easy to forget about bringing things you need to clean with. The worst way to remember that you forgot to bring a broom is when someone spills Doritos all over the floor during a study group.
It’s better to bring these things from home or to buy them before you move into your dorm. The prices for cleaning products tend to be a little steep on campus and you may not be able to have a car while living on campus as a college freshman.
2. Anything That Helps You Study
Don’t forget why you’re in college in the first place – to learn!
Everyone has different methods when it comes to studying. Whether you use your laptop, tablet, or flashcards to study, bring anything you’ll need to get the best grades you can get while you’re in college. It may be a little harder and more expensive to get these things after you move on campus.
3. Clothes and Laundry Detergent
Though it may be obvious that you’ll need to pack clothes, consider how many clothes you’re actually packing. Use this as an opportunity to get rid of clothes you don’t wear anymore so that your dorm won’t be cluttered with clothes that are too small for you now.
Also, doing laundry on campus means that you’ll probably need to bring your own detergent. Your roommate will probably get annoyed after the third time you ask to “borrow” theirs.
4. Personal Hygiene Products
Some people use moving into their first dorm as an opportunity to neglect their personal hygiene because there’s no parents around to tell them to brush their teeth. This is not necessarily a good way to make friends.
Don’t become one of these people because you forgot your toothbrush and shampoo at home. There might be some you can purchase on campus, but it’s a much better idea to bring some from home to save money.
5. Something That Reminds You of Home
It’s normal to get a little homesick after moving into your first dorm. Once the excitement dies down, people sometimes start missing their family, friends, and pets back home.
It’s a good idea to bring something, like a special blanket or a picture of your family, that will comfort you whenever you start to miss home too much.
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