Heading back to college or just starting, there are many essestials you will need….so time to start shopping & packing!
Linens and laundry. Before choosing bedding, double-check mattress size with your school. College dorms often have extra-long twin beds that standard twin sheets may not fit. Extra-long twin bed mattresses are typically 39 inches by 80 inches.
Cooking and eating. Find out what items are provided in the dorms before buying cooking gear. Your college dorm or common room might come equipped with a fridge, microwave or stovetop. Consider coordinating purchases with your roommate, so you don’t buy two of the same things unnecessarily.
Bathroom supplies. If you have an en suite bathroom, consider purchasing these essentials.
Storage and room essentials. Extra storage – particularly under-the-bed-storage – is handy in college dorms, where space is tight. Don’t expect to be provided with storage beyond a couple of dresser drawers.
Office supplies. Professors may give you a list of required supplies during your opening classes, but it’s advisable to come prepared with the basics.
Tech. It wasn’t so long ago that the fanciest electronics students carried were calculators. Today, tech is an integral part of learning. It’s an especially good idea to invest in a quality laptop, as you’ll be doing most of your notetaking, assignments, exams and communicating with teachers and fellow students digitally.
Cleaning supplies. You will likely be responsible for cleaning your own dorm room, while common areas are taken care of by the school. If you have an en suite bathroom or kitchen, you can expect to be in charge of keeping these areas clean yourself.
Toiletries. Bring along enough toiletries to last throughout the first semester. You don’t want to be forced into buying a toothbrush, shampoo or other supplies at the campus store, where price markups are often high.
Medical. It’s unlikely that you’ll have a medicine cabinet in your dorm’s bathroom, so build your own in a lightweight, plastic container for daily and emergency needs.
Wardrobe and accessories. Of course, wardrobe essentials will vary depending on what part of the country you are located in. If space is an issue, remember that you may have the opportunity to bring additional cold-weather clothing with you after Thanksgiving break.
We hope sharing this list helps you stay organized and ready for college!
Source: US News
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