Packing for college can be overwhelming. What comes with you? What stays at home? The following list will make it a bit easier to decide.
Use this checklist to make sure you have everything you need for your first year at college. Obviously keep in mind that these are just suggestions and that you should adapt this list to suit your own situation accordingly.
Pro Tip: to save money on packing or shipping, it might make sense to buy some of these items after you arrive.
This one's a no brainer. Unless you plan to go full Animal House and leave your shirts strewn everywhere on the floor and on your desk, you'll need a pack or two of clothes hangers for your closet.
While everyone's natural instinct is to pack every last piece of clothing they own, dressing for college is all about knowing the basic building blocks of your style and keeping it simple.
We wrote a quick but essential guide to dressing for college #likeaboss. Read it here.
You'll need a tote sturdy enough for life on campus or late-night runs to the grocery store and cute enough for people on campus to stop and ask where you got it.
Combination Whiteboard & Cork Board
Use this whiteboard/cork board combo to record flashes of insight, remind yourself to pick up groceries, and ensure you keep track of the various aspects of life on campus.
If you are a visual person and like to see your entire monthly schedule at a glance, a wall calendar is a no brainer. Track your work, school, and social life all in once place.
You will probably go through dozens of notebooks in college, so why not use one that expresses your personality? These notebooks are a far cry from the ho-hum boring notebooks you'll find at Staples or Office Depot.
Although most colleges have a computer lab, you are going to want to be able to set your own schedule in terms of when you can study, write papers, and waste time on the Internet.
Sure, you may not have a lot of extra time to watch TV like you used to, but who doesn't want to be able to stream Netflix from the privacy of their own room after a long day of work and school?
The key to finding the right TV for your dorm room is striking the balance between size and an affordable price. This 22-inch LG LED TV does that and more.
Make room for more sun when you want to, block it out when you don't. Blackout curtains are perfect for Saturday mornings when sleeping in is the most delicious thing on Earth.
Make your room an inviting space where friends can sit, stay, and feel at home with these gorgeous, one-of-a-kind throw pillows.
Hand and Bath Towels
Dry off in style with these fashion-forward hand and bath towels. Who says your bathroom has to be boring?
If you want to buy the same boring shower curtains everyone else bought at Target this year, then by all means do you.
If you want to smile every time you see a work of art staring back at you when you take a shower, check out these shower curtains below.