5 College Essentials You May Have Forgotten
It’s likely that a few months into your first semester, your newly independent (but financially dependent) self will have to make that call home explaining how you forgot the necessities that weren’t on the “college necessities” list your mom started slaving over months before sending you off. Who would have thought when you loaded the car with the essential college gear — from new bed sheets and plush mattress toppers to warehouse-sized shampoos and conditioners — you would still have to make that pleading call home asking for more “essential items” you need to live?
Being a college student, I found myself making the exact same call to my parents a couple of months into my first semester. So here are the top 5 items that are necessities, but are not often thought of, when you’re getting ready for the next 4 years of your life.
Toolkits seem to be attached to men’s sides, but if you’re a woman, it may not be the first thing on your mind to pack. My dad brought up his tool kit to help me decorate the ugly white walls of my dorm room in an effort to make it more “homey,” but he ended up taking it back home when he left. Chances are you’re going to want to hang up something more than just taping a poster on your wall. This Apollo 39 pink toolkit from Target is the perfect aid to spice up your drab room. Don’t worry: They do come in different colors.
If you are living in a dorm with community showers, rubber sandals are a great and cheap way to keep your feet clean while cleaning the rest of their body. Havaianas sandals are comfortable, fairly priced and come in a college series if you want to show your school pride while you shower
While a bike is a cheaper alternative than scooters, if you’re living off campus or at a school with lots of hills, riding a bike will actually take longer than walking. Bikes are also the number one stolen item on college campuses. Scooters are a great way for you to easily get around campus and run errands, like go to the gym or the grocery store. Road Rat Motors has a great selection of gas and motor scooters in different colors. They’re also store your scooter for your during winter break or summer when you’re not on campus. While they’re not stolen as often as bikes, it’s still a good idea to invest in a padlock chain system that can’t be cut through. Good insurance is also a must.
Even if you have a meal plan, having dorm snacks are a must. You’ll be working up an appetite in the late hours of the night, sometimes, you don’t feel like (nor is it safe) to walk all the way to your car or scooter parked at the freshman lot. Walmart will have the best prices ranging from $69.99 and up, depending on what size and compartments (freezer/fridge combo) you’re looking for. You can also check Craigslist for used ones, as former students who lived in dorms will be looking to part ways with theirs.
If you get homesick for family and friends or are living too far for a quick trip home on the weekends, Skype Premium is a great investment for live group chat. You can call and video chat with four of your friends who are in different schools at once or talk to grandparents and parents at the same time. Subscriptions can run by the month, by three months or a whole year.
Author: Kelsey Bohannan is a freelance writer who writes for the 352 Media Group, a digital marketing and web design company.