Packing for college is almost as overwhelming as the application process for some students. Parents are anxious to get their new students anything and everything they could possibly need for their first year out of the nest without breaking the bank, and students want to make sure their dorm feels just like home. This list compiled by The Gavel will skip all of the obvious materials (books, pens, binders) and get down to the specifics to make the transition to Boston College as seamless as possible.
Friendly reminder: you are not moving to the Saharan Desert or Antarctica, you are going to college. If you are not sure that you will need something or forget it at home, you can always buy another at one of the many fine retailers in and around Boston.
For those of you that live in and around the New England area, you can skip this section. Everyone else, take it from someone that knew many unprepared southerners and west coasters; New England weather is not your friend. If you think that you can get by first semester without a serious winter coat, you are woefully mistaken. You need to be ready for anything at all times. That being said, here’s what you will need:
- Winter coat
- Rain jacket
- Rain/snow boots
- Scarf and hat
- Warm socks
If you think this is a little too much to fit in your suitcase, ditch the extra high school paraphernalia you packed from pep rallies, sports teams and fundraisers. You are an Eagle now and all of your t-shirts, sweatshirts and sweatpants should reflect that. Plus, you will get tons of free shirts at the Student Activities Fair and other school events.
Make sure to pack a nice dress or shirt and tie for Convocation. This is one of only two times the class of 2017 will be in one place at one time, so dress to impress. Also pack a business outfit. This is especially important for CSOM students, as you will need them for Portico presentations.
Mattress pad, mattress pad, mattress pad. If your bed at home has you floating on cloud nine every night, pack the thickest one BC will allow. The time you spend sleeping is so important in college, so you need to be properly outfitted:
- Mattress pad (not foam)
- Two pillows
- Extra long twin sheets
- Extra warm blanket
Bring extra sheets if you plan on avoiding laundry like the plague!
Depending on how you like to spend your down time, this list can vary. I lived without a television in my dorm freshman year, but it would have been nice to have. Even if you don’t watch a lot of TV or play video games, it is a great way to stay in touch with the news in case of an emergency or keep up to date on current events. Other things you may want:
- Television (light enough for you to carry, big enough to enjoy)
- Gaming consul
- Extra controllers for friends to use
- Favorite board game
The key here is balance. It is important to bring some pictures with high school friends and family, but do not be that kid that brings ten different hanging collages and tons of extra prints to plaster everywhere else. Getting frames to hang on the walls is a challenge. Instead, a great way to easily display pictures is to attach them to a piece of string or ribbon that you drape across your wall. This will mean you can change out the pictures throughout the year. Here are some other ideas:
- String and clothes pins
- Printed photos
- Double sided tape
- White board (for outside your door)
This is a list of things that I could not have survived without freshman year. I also asked a few friends to contribute to this from BC so this will hopefully fill in for any items I missed:
- Small desk lamp
- Small fan
- Small vacuum
- Easy to carry hamper
- Disinfecting wipes
- Emergen-C (vitamin C supplement)
- Small first aid kit
- Small refrigerator
- Robe and flip flops
- Frisbee or sports equipment of choice
- Daily planner
- Power strip
- Bowl, spoon and mug
I purposefully left a few things off of this list. Bringing a printer or microwave are great things if you plan on spending a ton of time in your room, but BC gives students 500 free pages of printing in the library and someone in your hallway is bound to have a microwave you can use. If you are in a forced triple or are worried about space, I say leave these items at home.Featured image via Getty Images.