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Packing for college is insanely overwhelming. It’s probably the first time that you will process the fact that you’ll be living on your own, without the luxury of having a guardian to always make sure there are always clean towels. The idea of essentially picking up your life and starting it elsewhere can be extremely intimidating, even for the tediously organized or savviest of shoppers.

Luckily, schools will generally provide you a packing list so you have some vague idea of where to begin your mad rush at Bed Bath & Beyond. While these lists are definitely helpful, I would hardly consider the all-encompassing. So, with the help of my friends, I’ve composed a comprehensive guide just for you. Keep reading till the end for a little bonus 🙂

list of things you didn't think to pack

Hope this list was helpful for you! If you’ve made it this far into the blog, you deserve my top secret additional packing list:

  1. Pictures of your dog. You will miss your dog. A lot. Plus, dogs make for a great conversation-starter. Use that sticky tack and get Buddy up there on your wall 🙂
  2. Your childhood blankie/stuffed animal. Let’s face it. We all have one. There’s no judgment here.
  3. Fridge magnets. Seems unnecessary. Probably is. But why not carry your insane interior design skills over to your fridge? No need to buy any, just bring some magnets from home. The more random, the better.
  4. Ice packs. If you’re half as much of a klutz as I am, you’ll probably need them at some point.
  5. Sunglasses. Umbrella. Raincoat. Sunscreen. You get it. Be ready for all weather. It’s the East Coast — you never know what you’re gonna get.
  6. Sleeping mask. Same thing with the reading lamp. Your roommate may wake up earlier than you, and not be as kind as you were when you turned off the lights last night. Be ready for it.
  7. A way to not lose your room key. Yes, you will get a free lanyard. Yes, you can totally use it. But trust me, you’re going to get into a nasty habit of swinging it. And no one likes a lanyard-swinger. I personally stuck with the hair tie method and wore the hair tie around my wrist. If this doesn’t work for you, a keychain attached to a small wallet that holds your J-card is another great option! Just find something that works. Don’t be the person who constantly gets locked out.
  8. A positive attitude!! Forgive me for being a walking cliche, but it’s so true. College is a huge transition, but it’s so exciting to be independent, meet tons of new people, and study something you’re genuinely interested in. It’s okay to be nervous — everyone is. But try to keep your head up and remember how proud your past self would be if they saw you now. You’ve got this 🙂