We've all done it - forgotten the simplest item because we were so focused on packing the important stuff. Here's a list of practical things that while they may seem obvious, are often forgotten when heading off to college for the first time!
As silly as it sounds, because students are so used to having it, soap, shampoo, and basic toiletries can easily be forgotten when freshman go to college. if it is not left at home, students failt to bring enough of it. So be sure to pack a decent sized stash of it.
Shower shoes or flip-flops are a must have for civilian students. Keep in mind rooks will be issued a pair. Civilian students may actually want two pairs (one for the shower and one to walk around in). Shower sandals are useful to wear in the common areas in dorms.
3. Appliance/Electronics Charger
Don't forget your charging cables for your tablets, e-readers, laptops, MP3 players (if you're a civilian), and a wide variety of other equipment! A quick tip to remember is to get a rubber band and wrap electronics and their chargers together.
4. Grooming supplies
Oftentimes students get to college and forget that they need items like combs, hairclips, nail clippers, razors, brushes, or files. Looking presentable is part of being a professional college student, so it is important students remember all their grooming materials.
It's a popular school supply and you'd be surprised how much you'll use them. Whether you're cutting paper and packaging or working on a school project, it's nice to have a pair handy.
6. Sentimental object
Every student has a moment that they feel a little homesick being in an unfamiliar place. It is nice to have something to remind you of friends and family back home. It could be as simple as a picture, teddy bear, video, even a blanket. Rooks are more limited in their space for personal items, but you are allowed to keep small items in your personal effects drawer.
Don't worry, everyone has something sentimental that connects them to home; no one will judge.
7. Something to help you wind down
New students are introduced to so much new stimuli during their first year that it could be difficult to get to sleep at night. It can be important to bring something that is relaxing such as a book, music, or journal. It is helpful to have something calming at the end of a long day.
8. Pens and Pencils
It perhaps goes without saying that pens and pencils are part of everday college life. You don't want to be that student in class frantically trying to find something to write notes with. Try to bring as many as possible, they can be a life saver!
9. Healthy Snacks
Sometimes when you're studying late at night or you don't have time to run to the dining hall in between classes, you want a quick snack to get your energy back. That's why it can be vitally important to have some healthy snacks to munch on. Try to get something that does not easily expire like nuts or protein bars.
Don't forget a pair of ear buds or headphones! Headphones are essential for several reasons. Whether you are at the library or in your room watching a video or audio file for class. Civilian students may want to listen to music but still be respectful of roommates. Rooks will be allowed to use headphones for academic purposes only. No students should leave home without a pair.
11. Ethernet Cable
Last but not least, an Ethernet cable should certainly be an item on your "Don't forget list!" In order to connect your laptop to the campus internet you will need to bring your own Ethernet cable. It can be easy to forget among all your other items, but is very important!
If you do forget something once you get to campus, you can usually find the basics at our campus bookstore located in the Wise Campus Center.
Check out our in-depth packing lists for both civilians and rooks below! Keep in mind that rooks MUST purchase everything on their packing list, and must not bring anything that is not listed.