What To Pack for College

Starting university is an exciting time, especially if you are studying away from home. It’s your first taste of independence: your first apartment, your first roommates, and the first time you’ll run into a problem and realize how valuable a screwdriver can be.

What To Pack for College

We provide you with some packing ideas so that you don’t get trapped the first few days and can concentrate on making friends and adjusting to your studies.

1. Tools

When you live alone, having a flat screwdriver, hammer, and pliers can come in handy. What are your plans for hanging that lovely picture you’re carrying? Request that your parents give or purchase new tools that they no longer use. You never know when you’re going to need a screwdriver to get that blocked door or window open.

2. Extensions

You never know what kind of electrical issues you’ll encounter. An extension cord is always useful if the only socket in your room is at the opposite end of your bed or if your roommate has dozens of devices that he wants to plug in all the time. Take one from your house or purchase one, but make sure it is of decent quality.

3. Shoes for the shower

You’d best be ready if you’re going to share a restroom. If your roommate has habits that aren’t the same as yours, bring some plastic shower shoes. Even if you don’t think you’ll need them, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

4. Use tape or a gaffer’s tape

You have no idea how beneficial having thick tape at home can be. It’s a must-have tool in your new house for everything from “fixing” damaged furniture to attaching cables to the floor. It’s an excellent answer for minor issues.

5. Sheets

Do not take just one outfit; how will you wash it? Take at least two so you don’t have to lie on the bald mattress while they’re being washed and dried. This is especially useful if you are unsure whether or not you will have access to a dryer, which brings us to the next topic.

6. Hooks

It’s something we never pack and don’t know we’ll need until we move. Pack all of your clothing and hangers, or buy new ones, but keep in mind that you’ll need to hang more than just your dresses (jackets, wrinkled blouses, skirts).

7. Printer 

You have no idea how beneficial it will be if you can carry one. There is no greater nightmare than frantically searching the city for a stationery store open at 3 a.m. to print your final project of 7. Trust us and bring your printer; if you’re brave enough, you might even be able to conduct business.

8. Pillow

If you can’t sleep without your childhood pillow, you won’t forget it, but if any cushion would suffice as a place to lay your head, you may opt to leave yours behind. Pillows aren’t cheap, and you’ll spend a lot of money in your first few weeks living alone. Bringing your own pillow may allow you to save money on a trash can or a restroom mat.

9. Towels (body, hand, and kitchen towels) 

Remember to bring them! At least two towels are required to dry yourself after a shower, one for your hands and the other to keep in the kitchen. You’ll have to buy them if you don’t bring them from home, so save what you can and don’t forget to pack.

10. Borrow from Your Home

If you have a restricted budget and your parents are unable to accompany you to the grocery for the first few days, you will need to take some items from your house. Borrow toilet-cleaning brush, toothpaste, toilet paper, and tissues. It will also be useful if you can bring an iron with you. Bring at least one plate, glass, and set of silverware to use while you go shopping for new ones. Make sure you have shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothbrush on hand.

11. Kitchen Devices

While these are not a necessity, having certain gadgets at hand can be life-saving. This is especially true when it comes to Air Fryers. The air fryer is a device that works by circulating very hot air within the appliance, causing the air to travel swiftly and repeatedly over the surface of the food, generating a crispy texture on the outside while keeping the interior soft and juicy. You can use this humble device to make a long list of recipes in your dorm. Some examples include cakes, sandwiches, pizzas, pasta, stews, among others. Consider investing in the best air fryer in India so you can enjoy the peace of cooking in your dormitory.

12. Foldable Clothesline 

Money isn’t always as plentiful as you’d want as a student. You can save money by washing your laundry at the laundromat, and instead of using the dryer, you can dry your clothes on your clothesline. This folding clothesline takes up little room, but it will make your pocket a bit more full.

13. Headphones with Noise Cancellation

Noise cancellation headphones do a good job of eliminating any noise. They let you concentrate on your studies regardless of the background noise made by your peers. They are costly, but having the freedom to study anywhere and whenever you choose is invaluable when you’re at University.

14. An External Battery With a Huge Capacity

You never want to be without a phone battery. However, a plug isn’t always available. External batteries are small, light, and affordable, making them convenient to carry in a pocket or backpack. 

15. A Steam Iron With a Vertical Position

A steam iron will be your secret weapon when you need to go out with your clothing decently ironed (for an interview or a party). They straighten practically like a regular iron in a matter of seconds, and without the use of aboard.

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