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The Ultimate College Packing List

I’m sure you’ve already started creating a list of things you’ll need to pack if you plan on dorming this fall. If you haven’t, what are you waiting for! Just remember to pack only the essentials, since you’ll be living in a room where space is limited. Below are some things that you should consider packing.

A Tazer/Pepper Spray
I can not even begin to express the importance of safety at school. Especially in Riverside. I don’t mean to scare all you freshman, but speaking as an incoming senior I can now testify to the increased crime rates around the school. I received more than thirty e-mails last year about people who got mugged. But then again they were walking alone with their valuables out in the open (don’t do this!), either purchase yourself a tazer/pepper spray (preferably both), or use the campus escort service/shuttle (it’s FREE). 

Shower Sandals!
I don’t care if you’re “only” sharing a shower with four people, you need to buy yourself a pair of sandals. For those of you who are not convinced, have you ever heard of foot fungus? That stuff is gross and apparently it takes a long time to get rid of. Don’t take the risk! Any pair of flip flops will work fine, just make sure that they are not plastic so that you don’t slip and fall. 
Victoria’s Secret Essentials!
The Collegiate Pant is a slimmer fit with a drawstring waist and a banded bottom. The pants go great with the whole casual lazy day school outfit. These pants are cute and most importantly they’re comfy! If you’re not into pink, don’t worry, they come in four other colors.

The Lace Shoulder Raglan Tee is a comfy, slouchy essential tee with a flirty lace detail. It’s great for mixing and layering clothes.

The Varsity Jacket: is more on the sporty side, but it goes great with anything and everything. It’s a bit oversized in order to create the whole boy jacket look and feel.

The Bra Top is edgy and sporty! It’s great for layering under hoodies and jackets. Or you can pair it with the collegiate pant for the ultimate gym look

 #VSPINK #FallMustHaves #WearNow

So to ensure that you have an awesome start this Fall, be sure to check out your local PINK shop or check out their website for their Back to School must haves!

Yes, your campus does have a health center but when you need to treat the simple cold or a headache make sure that you have some NyQuill, Advil, Tylenol, or whatever medicine floats your boat in handy. Keep in mind that if you’re sharing a room, whenever your roommate gets sick, chances are you might catch what they have.

Extra Sheets, Bath Towels
This is a must, especially for those of you who like to lag when it comes to laundry. Change your sheets at least every other week. And be sure to wash them often. I knew some people who didn’t wash their sheets for the entire school year! Let’s just say that what started off as a white bed sheet ended up becoming a yellowish brown color nine months later. 


Toss in Some School Supplies
Bring binders, notebooks, flash cards, pens/pencils/highlighters, and most importantly a stapler! Keep in mind that your campus bookstore will also be selling these supplies, but this stuff is much cheaper when bought at other stores.

Sun Block 
This should be something that you apply to your skin everyday, even if it’s cloudy outside. Protect your skin!

Foldable Shoes
A pair of cute heels goes well with about almost any outfit. They look great, but they aren’t the most comfortable shoe option out there. So when you’re out enjoying the night life it’s always great to have a pair of foldable shoes in your purse. 

An Umbrella
I don’t know about you but I really dislike seeing people who are soaked because they either forgot to bring an umbrella or thought they were too cool for one. Don’t be one of those people. Carry a small compact umbrella on the days when you’re not sure whether or not it’s going to rain. It’s better to be safe than sorry! 

Clothing For Every Weather
Bring a good jacket for those chilly, rainy days, and a swimsuit for when it’s a nice day for a dip in the pool. 

Much to your surprise, your roommate may not like the same music as you. So be considerate and use your headphones. You’ll be shcocked when you find out that during dead week and midterm season people will be blasting their music at the most inappropriate times.

As a freshman, you probably will have some sort of meal plan, but that won’t mean that you’re tummy will always be full and satisfied. I guess it could be because I’m a picky eater, or because my school’s cafeteria was far beyond subpar, but I lost a lot of weight my freshman year, and I was always hungry. But then again I got the cheapest meal plan, which meant less meals for me. But regardless, be sure to pack some granola bars, cereal, and most importantly ramen/instant soup! Snacks are also great for when you don’t have time to stop by the cafeteria to grab a bite to eat. (Warning! Be sure to buy food ahead of time during dead week, and midterms season. Most of the food in the campus convenient stores will run out!)


Recommended But Not Necessary

Shower Tote 
You can find these at almost any store. You’ll need a tote to carry your essentials with you to the bathroom. And it helps you keep everything neat. For girls who have a lot of bathroom essentials it sure is a life saver. But then again, shower totes aren’t really a must, I’ve seen plenty of guys and girls just carry their toothbrush, toothpaste, and shower gel. But whatever you choose, just don’t forget to bring all of your toiletries.

Take posters for wall coverings, as well as personal photos and mementos to dress up shelves and desks, so that you’re reminded of home.

Desk Lamp
Your dorm will most probably be equipped with some sort of lighting, but for the days when your roommate knocks out early and you don’t want to leave the room, this will really come in handy. But don’t make the horrible mistake that I made. Apparently, a lamp will melt if you put a pillow on top of it. But in my defense, I was only trying to block the light so that my roommates could sleep. Oops!

This is just a small list of things that I remember being essential for when I dormed. But everything depends on the individual and what your school will and won’t be providing for you in the dorms. Start creating your packing list early and be sure to get in contact with your roommate(s) so that you don’t end up bringing two TV’s, or something of the sort. And remember, have fun in the process! Your first year of college awaits!


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