Are you hoping to head off to university in 2021? There’s so much to be excited about! Living away from home for the first time is a big adventure, and you need to pack accordingly. Apart from obvious things like your clothes, laptop and stationery, there are a few college must-haves that you may not realise you need.
Here’s our list of college must-haves to help you pack!
1. A lanyard
At university, you will be given loads of things like keys, access cards, student cards etc. A lanyard is the perfect way to organise your stuff so that you don’t use anything. While you’re at it, include a card holder to attach to your lanyard.
2. A kettle, cups and instant coffee
If you’re the kind of person who needs a cup of coffee first thing in the morning, this is essential. Enjoy your first cup in bed (instead of going to the dining hall or buying takeout coffee), and take your second cup to campus with you in a reusable coffee mug!
3. A clothes organiser
Cupboard space in college rooms is generally limited, especially if you’re sharing a room. Make the most of the space you have with a well designed clothes organiser that creates extra shelves and hanging space.
You’ll be doing lots of walking at college, come rain or shine. Be prepared for rainy days with rain boots and protect your feet!
5. Laundry bags
You’re going to learn to do laundry when you go to university! Get some laundry bags in different sizes to protect your clothes when you use the communal washing and drying machines.
6. A reading lamp
Not all college rooms will come furnished with a desk lamp. So make sure you take one with you, to protect your eyes while studying at your desk.
7. A mesh shower caddy
Communal bathrooms means that you have to take all your toiletries with you to the showers – you can’t just leave your shampoo lying around. Get yourself a waterproof mesh bag for toiletries that you can easily take with you to the bathroom.
8. A robe
If you thought that robes were only for old people, you’ll change your mind at university! A robe is great to throw on for the short trip from your bedroom to the showers.
Getting ready for college is fun, exciting and a little bit nerve wracking – but don’t worry, as long as you’re prepared and have the necessary college must-haves, all will be ok!