Things That a Freshman’s List of Essentials Should Include

If you’re off to University this year, then one of the things you’re probably dabbling with right now is a checklist. And one of the first things you should add to that checklist – if you haven’t already – are the essential things that you are actually going to need.

Maybe in the past you accompanied a friend or someone from your family to University, and if so, you probably noticed freshmen handling massive suitcases, more than a couple. The thing is – often students realize they carried unnecessary things or they forgot to bring something essential.

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Make sure you don’t forget these items when you start packing:

For Your Dorm Room

Because dorm rooms are usually small and you’re sharing the room with other people, you have to manage your own space efficiently and be considerate of your roommate’s space at the same time.

Of course you’ll want to decorate your space to make it as comfortable and welcoming for you as can be, but remember there is only so much you can squeeze into a tiny room.

  • 2 sets of bed sheets
  • Duvet cover
  • Mattress protector
  • Under bed storage trays
  • Drying rack for laundry
  • Folding chair
  • Adhesive hooks
  • Alarm clock
  • Shoe rack
  • Wall board
  • Bedside lamp

For Your Desk

Desk supplies are as important as anything else. Because you don’t want to be running to the shop in the middle of the University year or in full examination period to buy stuff like printer paper or pencils, stock up on these essentials early. Your can find most items at your local Staples store.

  • Notebooks
  • Sticky notes
  • Calculator
  • Flash drive
  • Highlighter pens
  • Printer paper
  • Binders and folders
  • Stapler, scissors and tape
  • Pencil holder and pencil sharpener

For Kitchen Needs

If you’re thinking kitchen items are disposable stuff and you want to ditch them for additional clothing or decorating items, think about reconsidering that.

You might not get around to cooking yourself a decent meal three times a day, seven days a week – especially during term time – but self catering saves you money, it gets you socializing and you can cook whenever you want. You won’t have to depend on set meal times.

  • Cutlery set
  • Pan
  • Small crockery set
  • Chopping knife & chopping board
  • Casseroles
  • Freezer bags
  • Paper towels
  • Trash bags
  • Mug & glass
  • Dish Soap

For Various Needs

This could be a very long list but since no one knows your needs better than you do, we’ll keep it short with some of the must-haves that need to go on the list first.

  • Bathrobe & shower shoes
  • Bandages
  • Disinfectant spray
  • Flat iron
  • Towels
  • Detergent
  • Laundry basket or bag
  • Stain remover
  • Earplugs
  • Insect repellent

Things to Your Discretion

Electronics, clothing, toiletries and room décor are up to your discretion. Students usually bring along a TV, their iPod, curling irons, makeup, athletic shoes, bikes and video game consoles, but it is entirely up to you to decide what to carry along because this largely depends on your hobbies, style of dressing and personal needs.

Some students pack formal dress too, for example, and this is not such a bad idea since there are many events in University to attend.