Tips on moving to College Article

Tips on moving to College

By: Catherine Taylor

For many people the countdown until the day we finally graduate from high school has already begun, but for some, the countdown until the days we leave for college hasn’t. For me, I leave for Washington State University in 76 days. Which does seem like quite a long time, but I have yet to do any preparing for what I’m going to bring with me. But once I was assigned this article, I decided to do some research. I used three main sources to gather all my information for this piece. I talked with my oldest sister, who is a Washington State University alumni, and looked at pinterest and multiple college blogs. All three had their own different tips and tricks for making the move to college easier, but all three had one main piece of advice. To start preparing early! This was a big focus for each of my sources, because stores run out of supplies, prices get raised on dorm room necessities, and most soon to be college students, will wind up busier than ever during their summer, which might leave them with inadequate time to fully prepare. So before we get started, make sure to start planning for your future endeavors soon!

Most people, including myself, are notorious over packers, which is definitely what you don’t want to be when you head out for college. So your first task at hand will need to be making your own college essentials list. Brainstorm things you use everyday, such as if you wear contacts you need to make sure to pack contact solution and extra contacts. To give you an idea of what you’ll need, I’ve made my own ultimate college packing list, but keep in mind that these are things I use and need! If you’re a guy you most likely won’t need to bring your curling iron and dresses.

Dorm Room Items

Desk Essentials 

School Supplies

Electronics 

Toiletries

Bathroom Supplies

Twin XL bedding set (sheets, comforter, pillowcases)

Blankets

Mattress pad

Pillows

Bed raisers

Under bed storage

Bulletin board

Day planner

Desk Lamp

Pens and pencils

Post-its

Scissors

Stapler and staples

Tape

3 hole punch

Waste basket

Backpack

Calculator

Highlighters

Pens and pencils

Index cards

Notebooks

Textbooks

Folders

Alarm clock

Extension cords

Headphone

Laptop and charger

Printer

Phone and charger

Surge protector

USB drive

Fan

Bobby pins

Cotton balls

Contact solution (if needed)

Dental floss

Deodorant

Eye drops

Glasses (if needed)

Feminine products

Face Wash

Body Wash

Moisturizer 

Bath towels

Curling iron

Hair dryer

Hair straightener

Robe

Shower caddy

Shower flip flops

Shower cap

Washcloths

Hair brush

Laundry

Medicine

Clothing

Kitchen Items

Food

Miscellaneous

Fabric softener

Hamper

Hangers

Iron

Ironing board

Laundry detergent

Quarters

Stain remover 

Acne Cream

Allergy medicine

Antibiotic cream

Band aids

Cold medicine 

Cough medicine

Pain reliever

Prescription medicine

Sleep aids

Belts

Casual clothes

Dress clothes

Dresses

Flip flops

Flats

Gloves

Heels

Hoodies

Jackets

Jeans

Jewelry/ accessories

Pj’s

Pants

Rain boots

Shorts

Skirts

Snow boots

Socks

Underwear

Sweaters

Sweatpants

Swimsuit

Tops

T-shirts

Workout wear 

Bottle opener

Can opener

Cups

Dish soap

Dish towels

Knives

Microwave

Mini-fridge

Mugs

Paper plates

Paper towels

Plastic containers

Utensils

Water filter

Ziploc bags

Tupperware

Mini blender

Bottled water

Bread

Easy mac

Granola bars

Peanut butter

Grape jelly

Popcorn

Ramen noodles

Snack food

Soda

Soup

Sweets

Adhesive hooks

Bank info and checks

Batteries

Broom and dust pan

Debit/Credit cards

Decorations

Driver’s license

Duffle bag

Flashlight

Insurance cards

Passport

Light bulbs

Lint roller

Pepper spray

Sewing kit 

Social security card

Sunglasses

Umbrella 

Handheld vacuum 

Once you create your own personalized list it’s time to start shopping! But before you go out and buy the first thing you see, Wait a minute and make sure to look at the price. College is extremely expensive and you should focus on spending your money wisely. Some places I would recommend are Bed, Bath & Beyond, Amazon, Walmart, and even the dollar store! Each offers reasonable prices for quality items. I’ve browsed each store to see what they individually offer, and you’d be surprised as to what the dollar store can provide you with. Many people will instantly shut down the idea of the dollar store because they have the belief that it’s “grimey”, but you can save so much there! You can purchase many school supplies there for only $5, while at a store such as Fred Meyer you’d be spending $5 on one pack of pens

To make your move as hassle free as it can be, you’re going to need to put a lot of work into organizing. First thing you should do is start decluttering! I can guarantee that all of you have clothing you haven’t worn in years, so go drop some off at Goodwill! Now you’re going to need to start brainstorming what you’re going to use to make the trek to your college. For example, my family will be renting a little U-haul trailer, which we’ll connect to my mom’s truck. Once you have an idea of how you’re moving all your things, you’re gonna need to start packing. This is the part where my sister helped me tremendously.  She had heaps of tricks that she used when she moved! What she did was hang all the clothes she planned to bring on hangers, then she zip tied them together, and finally she popped them into  trash bags. So when we got to her dorm room all we had to do was cut off the zip ties and garbage bags! Quick and easy. Then for the rest of her clothes she just folded them and placed them in a suitcase which made putting them into her dresser a breeze. With the rest of her items she just put everything in designated boxes. Bathroom supplies was its own box, then kitchen, electronics, and desk supplies. Everything was all neatly boxed which made organizing her dorm room as easy as it could be. In total we only spent 2 hours setting up her room!

So remember this, start planning early and prioritize what you need! College is an exciting adventure and you shouldn’t waste these last few months with your friends stressed about what you’re bringing with you. I hope all these tips and tricks prove to be beneficial to you, and help make your transition from a high school student to a college student easier.

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