Essential College Checklist and Rulebook to Nail Move-In Day
Posted byMartha Garcia
Making your college checklist when you’re off to college for the first time can be a bit overwhelming and scary. After all, what should you bring? How are you going to get it there? Are there things your roommate is bringing? Speaking of roommates, how will you get along with yours?
The questions can all be a bit overwhelming. Here are a few college survival tips and items to help you nail move-in day and set you up for success for the whole school year.
The first thing to think about is what you’ll need in your dorm. Most colleges offer a standard “what to bring” college checklist for items to buy for the dorm. These include sheets, towels, organizing totes, etc. But most people forget about the day-to-day things, because they’re focused on the big stuff.
- Shower shoes are a non-negotiable, because athlete’s foot…Ew.
- A robe might also be a good idea so you don’t have to walk from the shower to your dorm room in a towel.
- A plastic plate, cup and silverware set that can be rewashed. This is perfect for when your neighbor orders pizza at midnight and shares it with the whole floor.
Check your school’s policy on these large items and make sure to discuss these items with your roommate to see who will be purchasing what, and if they are needed at all.
- Mini fridge can store drinks and snacks.
- Microwave may be a hit-or-miss idea. Some schools don’t allow them in the dorms, but may supply them in the common areas. Check your school’s policy before buying.
- Water pitcher filter can also be a good idea to keep clean, filtered water on hand.
Everyone obsesses over the large items, but many forget things like cleaning supplies.
- Paper towels, disinfectant wipes, or a sponge and cleaner is essential for messes. Inevitably, you will spill something. Make sure you have a way to clean it up.
- Pack laundry detergent. You probably won’t forget to pack a hamper, as every college checklist has that on it; but, did you think about how to get all those dirty clothes clean?
- Air freshener sprays are great since every small dorm room can get musty.
You’ve thought about the stuff, now how are you going to lug it all to campus? If you’re flying, you can only take so many bags. Much of that will be filled with clothes or items like shower shoes and your robe. Driving you can pack more, but only what will fit in your car. If you are enlisting the help of your parents or siblings, space in the family sedan may be limited.
- Canvas totes are a life saver. Once you’re unpacked, totes can double as storage in the closet or under the bed, or a trendy alternative to a backpack.
- Buy ahead and ship it to your dorm. This may be a pricey, but it saves you from having to check a huge box at the airport.
- Nearly every college town has a super box store. Coordinate an early move in date and do your shopping there.
Once you’ve got your gear and your dorm is ready, now comes the hard part: living with a stranger, sometimes two or three. Most people don’t tell you that sharing a small space with someone may be a challenging task at times. Here are a few survival tips.
- Talk to your roommate (or roommates) early and often. Once you know who you’re assigned to, get in touch during the summer. Meet up if distance isn’t an issue.
- Hash out the rules ahead of time. This includes rules about studying, bringing people over, bedtimes, etc. Talk about it now, so you don’t argue about it in the future.
- Ask first, not later. You want to borrow your roommate’s cute sweater? Ask first. Want to have a mini party at your dorm? Don’t surprise her. Communication goes a long way.
- Posted by Martha Garcia
- On August 25, 2017