Packing for college can be a daunting, but exciting process as you prepare for this new stage in your life. While move-in might seem months away, now is the perfect time to start gathering the items you’ll need for a successful transition to college and dorm life.
I’m sure your shopping list already includes college standards like a mattress pad, shower caddy, and laundry bag. Here are some unusual items that I might not have thought were necessary as an incoming freshman, but found extremely helpful to have on hand.
There are printers in the library, but having a printer in your room for when you’re in a rush makes life a lot easier. My freshman year roommate and I figured we would use the library printer, but ended up buying one after the first few weeks.
2. First Aid Kit
Unless you have an incredible immune system, you’re bound to fall sick at some point. My mom packed me a container filled with Dayquil, cough drops, band aids, and allergy medications. My friends always came to me asking for medicine when they weren’t feeling well.
3. Iron or Steamer
While you’re unlikely to have the time or patience to iron all your clothes, it’s useful for when you have a presentation, interview, or more formal event. I personally can’t stand wearing wrinkled clothing, so I have a steamer and my friends were always coming over to borrow it.
4. Clorox Wipes
Great for disinfecting the room when you move in and for general cleaning throughout the year.
This is an odd item, but I’ve actually had a need for it a few times over my freshman and sophomore year to put together dorm furniture or change batteries.
6. Extra Phone Charger and External Battery Pack
An extra phone charger to carry around in your bag, or in case one breaks is convenient. And an external battery pack is a lifesaver for long days exploring the city!
7. Umbrella and Rain Boots
This might be a no-brainer for East Coast natives, but coming from the West Coast, these were two things that I bought right away after I experienced my first rainy day walking to class at Fordham.
8. Wrist watch
I know most people use their phone as their clock, but I found a wrist watch helpful for when you can’t use your phone in class and there’s no clock in the room.
9. Small bills
You’re likely to find yourself ordering takeout with your friends one night when you’re up late studying or not in the mood for cafeteria food. Small cash for splitting bills or tips is nice to have on hand so you don’t have to run to the ATM.
10. Beach towel
The grass on Eddie’s is a great place to lay out and study or relax with friends!
Anja Asato, FCRH 2018
Manresa Marketing and Programming Fellow, 2016-2017