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5 Essentials You Need to Survive UF & Gainesville

Calling all incoming freshman! If you plan on slaying it here at UF and living your best life in Gainesville, you’re going to need a few staple items. Here are a few things I can’t live without, and what I wish I knew when I came here.

1. A windbreaker jacket

This place isn’t called “Rainesville” for no reason. During the spring and summer season, Gainesville sees rain almost daily. In order to stay dry and keep warm when entering freezing cold classrooms, a windbreaker is a necessity. They sell UF jackets at the bookstore, but they can be a little pricey. Outdoor stores or even Amazon sell some. I would invest in a good one since you’ll be getting a lot of wear out of it.

2. Rain boots

Another rain necessity. Rain boots are still very in and can be worn with leggings and a sweater/jacket. Hunter boots are the most popular, but they are pretty expensive for rubber boots. Check out Amazon. They carry some pretty inexpensive ones in a lot of different colors!

3. A baseball cap

I can tell you that I have never worn a baseball cap in my life until I came to UF. I didn’t think anything of them until a friend of mine wore one to class with her hair in a low bun, and I thought it looked so cute! A lot of days I don’t have time to do my hair, so I just tie it in a low bun and throw a cap on. Super simple and cute.

4. A clear, cross body bag

UF has a clear bag policy during football season. As a safety precaution, everyone going to the games must have their items in a clear bag instead of a typical purse or cross body. This is so helpful to know ahead of time and to be prepared, so pick one up at any UF apparel store in Gainesville.

5. A cute planner

No matter how many electronic calendars there are, nothing beats a cute planner that you can write events and deadlines down in. I have my whole life and schedule in my Kate Spade planner, and probably could not survive without it. I have every date and deadline written down, and every social and family event. In college, you must be organized when it comes to all your different classes, clubs, and organizations, or you will feel overwhelmed and lose track of things. So, pick up a cute one that has a monthly calendar, as well as weekly breakdown.

These items should make your life a little easier when living in Gainesville and attending UF. Welcome, Class of 2022!

Sasha Saliba is a Telecommunications major at the University of Florida, with a concentration in Business. She has hosted multiple tv and news shows in Daytona Beach (her hometown) and in Gainesville, where she currently lives as she attends UF. Her goal is to work as news producer/anchor or be a communications director for a nationally recognized company. She is a self-proclaimed foodie and loves trying new restaurants and bars, as well as traveling. Her favorite magazine to read is Cosmopolitan.
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