When packing for your first year away from home, it’s easy to become obsessive over whether or not you’re prepared for any and every situation or natural disaster possible.
We know: getting out from under the safety of your parent’s roof for the first time can be daunting but you really don’t need everything on those silly checklists. Most of the time, they’re overwhelming, unnecessary, and can be just an easy plug for the company’s own products. Don’t worry because we got you.
Here are some dorm room essentials you absolutely will need in first year:
1. Ear plugs and headphones
Unless you are one of the lucky few that managed to score a single room, you’re most likely going to have a roommate. And whether or not you guys get along, there are going to be times when you need them to keep it the eff down or vice versa. Do yourself a huge favour and grab a cheap pair of each of these bad boys, and be forever thankful you can tune out whenever you feel like it.
2. External hard drive.
Computers crash, and just when you think it won’t happen to you, it will.
All the class assignments you pumped out like a champ, including the one that’s due tomorrow? Gonezo. All the movies and TV shows you spent hours downloading? See ya. Your super-extensive iTunes library that took years to curate? R.I.P, my friend. An external drive not only prevents you from losing it all, it frees up more space for you to fill, and is completely portable.
Whenever you use it, just think of the concept that’s been drilled into your mind for the better part of the 2000’s (thanks, hip hop!!): Back. Your. Shit. Up. There’s nothing worse than losing everything when your computer unexpectedly dies.
You’ve been warned.
3. Clichéd wall décor
Nothing shows individualism like a giant, glossy print carelessly thrown up on the wall with sticky tack. It screams, “THIS IS ME, WORLD! THESE ARE MY INTERESTS!” in a more subtle, noise limit-friendly way.
Consider dressing up your space with one or more of these classics: teenage heartthrobs [Ed.’s note: you mean Harry Styles?!]; the official rules of beer pong (because there’s always going to be that one guy who insists that some weird, conveniently beneficial trick shot rule TOTALLY exists); an image of the Beatles walking across Abbey Road (guilty…), a hot girl in a bikini; a fast, bright coloured, expensive (that is in no way compensating for anything) car; a hot girl in a bikini ON the fast, bright, expensive car.
Your campus will most likely hold a poster sale at the beginning of each semester where you can buy some (or a butt load) really cheap. Take advantage! Your walls are your canvas, the world is your oyster, the sky is the limit! Do you!
… Unless doing you involves hanging something really gross or offensive. Keep that you hidden away …
You’ll need to store your groceries (and beer) somewhere.
Check your school’s policies on mini-fridges; they may ask that you only bring a brand new fridge, or make you rent one from them. You should also try contacting your roommate before hand and work out whether or not you’ll be sharing it.
5) Kraft Dinner, Ramen, etc…
This is a very special PSA brought to you by ANDPOP:
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Hard truth: meal plans run out, the café eventually closes, and there are very few food places open past 2 a.m. on a weekday. Be prepared.
Make sure to stock up on easy to make food stuffs like mac and cheese, ramen, and or other 60 cent food items that will last until the end of the world. They’re easy to make, easy to transport/eat on the go with the right materials, and are completely (in a mysterious and kind of gross way) fulfilling.
Don’t also forget to bring:
- Sandals/shower shoes (trust us)
- Advil (goes without saying)
- Mattress pad (dorm beds are about as comfortable as a park bench)
- Voice recorder (for days when you just don’t feel like taking notes)
- Calendar/agenda (keep your assignments, midterms, and social events in check)
- Your big-boy pants. Welcome to adult life. It’s about to get real.