Move-in is just around the corner, which means everyone is probably packing. So I came up with a list of things that people tend to forget about in the hectic process of moving from home to school. Most of these items are normal items from around the house that we don’t think about not being readily available. Either that, or they are items that we’ve never needed before coming to college.
When I went shopping in preparation for my first year of college, I bought a bunch of canned food that would be readily accessible to eat in the event that I didn’t feel like going to Baldwin for food. However, I didn’t consider the fact that a can opener is necessary for opening most cans. So, be sure to include a can opener in your packing list if you’re stocking up on canned food for the semester.
Trash bags (Pro-tip: Store your grocery bags)
You could go pick up special trash bags that fit inside of your little trash can, OR you could save money and collect old grocery bags, which fit into the trash can just as well. Either option is fine.
The air in dorms tends to become somewhat dry in fall and winter. To avoid all of the trouble that results from a dry room, I suggest investing in a humidifier. It doesn’t have to be anything super fancy.
The dorms are pretty hot for the first few weeks of school. You may think that you won’t need a fan, but from personal experience I can tell you that you will. One year I even went out and purchased a second fan in an effort to cool my room down!
Flip Flops for the shower
Everyone has probably already packed their supplies for the shower; the shower caddy, the shampoo and conditioner, the soap, etc. You should also remember to bring flip flops for those community bathrooms/showers. You never know what you could be stepping on! Protect your feet.
Bottles that will fit in your mini-fridge
These can be used water bottles, or reusable bottles, just be sure that they fit in your fridge. (Pro-tip: Use these to stock up on pop and juice from the cafeteria instead of buying it from the store.)
You don’t necessarily need a lamp, but if you are easily bothered by fluorescent lights, you are going to want one. The main source of light for all of the dorms is fluorescent, so if you’re prone to headaches, I recommend investing in some sort of alternative light.
Your favorite snack food from home.
We all get homesick. Be sure to pack yourself some type of comfort food that will remind you of home.
I hope that at least one of these items is helpful for each of you in your packing endeavors! Can’t wait to see you around on campus. If you’re a First Year, welcome to Albion! It’s going to be a great year.