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Essential Items to Pack for College: A First-Year’s Guide

Are you a first-year college student getting ready to pack for your new adventure? Packing for college can be overwhelming, especially when you’re not sure what to expect. As a first-year student myself, I thought I had packed everything I needed, but I quickly realized I had missed a few essentials. If you’re heading back to campus soon, here are some items that you might want to consider adding to your packing list:

1. Cold Medicine: Don’t underestimate the “frat flu” that can hit college campuses. Stock up on cold medicine to stay prepared for those inevitable sniffles and coughs.

2. Extra Deodorant: With the Virginia heat and long walks between classes, having extra deodorant on hand can be a lifesaver.

3. “Frat Shoes”: Invest in a pair of shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty at frat parties. Trust me, those new white kicks won’t stay spotless for long.

4. A Phone Wallet: Keep your essential cards handy with a phone wallet that attaches to the back of your phone. It’s a convenient way to carry your IDs and credit cards without needing a purse.

5. A Friend Who Knows How to Braid: If you rely on a friend for hairstyling, make sure you have a backup plan for college. French braids can be a lifesaver on hot days when you want to keep your hair out of your face.

6. Air Mattress: Be prepared for overnight guests with an air mattress for your dorm. It’s a handy item to have when friends or family come to visit.

7. Tech to Support Your Learning Style: Consider investing in an iPad for taking digital notes and annotating lecture slides. Having the right tech tools can make your studying more efficient and effective.

8. Business Casual Clothes: You never know when you might need to dress up for a special event or networking opportunity. Having a few business casual outfits on hand can save you from last-minute wardrobe panic.

9. Shower Storage: Make your shower routine more organized with over-the-door hooks and suction cup shelves for your toiletries. It’s a simple way to keep your bathroom clutter-free.

10. Something – or Someone – to Kill Bugs: Be prepared for unexpected visitors in your dorm room. Whether it’s ants, beetles, or spiders, having bug spray on hand can save you from a creepy-crawly encounter.

As you pack for college, consider adding these items to your checklist to ensure you’re prepared for whatever comes your way. Happy packing, and best of luck on your college journey!


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