When I started university last year all I could take with me had to fit into one large suitcase, one small suitcase, a carry on bag and a personal item. Trust me, this was no easy feat. Especially when you add in weight restrictions and some of the bulky things I was packing (Hunter wellies anyone?). It was kinda a night mare.
What I found out after a year of trial-and-error was that what you need was exactly what you didn’t bring. So here is what you need to cram into you suitcase, or car, or backpack, or cardboard box, or whatever you are using to transport your belongings to uni no matter what.
1. A shower caddy. It will save your life, though it may seem frivolous. Example: the girls I shared my shower with put all their shampoo, conditioner, body wash and razors (I kid you not) on our window sill. Having a shower caddy would have made life a bit more pleasant for everyone. The best kind is plastic with holes in the bottom.
2. A scarf and possibly a hat. Or, the thing you aren’t even thinking of. Remember, you are packing for fall and winter in summer, these things just don’t cross your mind. Make sure to include at least a couple cold weather options so that when winter hits, you’re prepared.
3. Shower shoes. The very idea of standing barefoot in communal showers kind of makes me want to chunder. Not to mention the walk to the bathroom on carpet with bare wet feet doesn’t sound to pleasant. Seriously, save yourself and bring a pair of beat of flip flops or buy some new cheap ones.
4. An alarm clock that is not your phone. I do it too, but frankly it’s just not practical to rely on your phone to wake you up. It can get lost, run out of battery, wake you up at the wrong time, basically using a phone is more trouble than its worth. A real alarm clock will help you wake up on time.
5. A kettle. Maybe this is the English girl in me talking, but I think kettles are pretty awesome. Having the ability to boil water in your room quickly is great for making tea, coffee, hot chocolate or even oatmeal. Many schools provide you with one, but investing in a mini one can save you troublesome trips to the communal kitchen.
What are your must haves for university or communal housing?