Heading back to school after Winter Break is almost like starting out a new semester, at least when it comes to stocking up on necessities. When you left your dorm room or apartment after finals, your snack stash had probably dwindled down to one last granola bar, and your super-sized bottle of shampoo from September was on its last drop. Now, as winter break draws to a close, it’s time to start thinking about packing once again.
In our article “How Not to Over- or Under-Pack for Winter Break”, we told you what to bring home and what to leave at school. Now with spring semester just around the corner, here are the top 10 things to bring back with you after winter break.
1. Gifts and Gift Cards:
Asked mom for a new hair straightener for Christmas? Or a pair of cute earmuffs for Hanukkah? New presents can be overlooked when you’re packing since you’re not in the habit of tossing them in your back-to-school bags. Don’t forget to bring these new goodies with you! If you were lucky enough to get a Starbucks card, gas card, or gift card to your favorite clothing store as a gift, make sure to also pack these with your back-to-school items. Gift cards are small and can easily be forgotten at home, so put these in your wallet or purse ASAP. You’ll be thankful you have them when you get back to campus. A free tank of gas, or coffee courtesy of Aunt Mary and Uncle Joe? Yes, please.
2. Winter Gear:
If it hasn’t already been snowing at your school yet (*cough* Syracuse University), it’s bound to start happening in January (depending on where your school’s located, of course). Remember to bring all your snow necessities. Gloves, scarves, and snow boots should be on your list of things to pack. If you’re into outdoor sports, or are lucky enough to have a ski mountain nearby (and a way to transport the equipment!) bring your skis, snowboard, or ice skates. Winter is much more enjoyable when you can stay just as active outside as you are in the summer!
The sun may still be shining, but you won’t be outside soaking it up without bundling up in coats and sweaters. To keep that summer glow (and skip the tanning bed), bring a bottle or two of self-tanner to school after winter break. Slather it on every morning after your shower and you’ll be golden just in time for spring break.
4. Space Heater
Your school or landlord probably heats your dorm room or apartment, but sometimes it’s just not enough to ward off those winter chills. No one wants to be shivering in sweatpants and two layers of sweatshirts while studying. If there’s no way that you can control the amount of heat, bring a portable space-heater to school. Plug it in next to you on the couch, or have it blow warm air on your toes under your desk. Depending on the size, these won’t take up much room in your car, but can make a big difference in keeping you warm and cozy until the snow starts to melt!
5. New Photos:
Whether your family loves taking photos around the holidays, or you finally get around to printing all the pictures of friends that you took over the semester, winter break is often photo-mania. When you head back to school in January, remember to bring a few new framed pictures of the family, or updated photos of your girls for all those bulletin boards on your wall. Bringing a couple new pictures is an easy way to give your room a fresh feel for the spring semester.