ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

30 Things You Forget To Bring To College

Updated on September 9, 2012

"Mom! Will You Send Me....?"

When packing for college there are always going to be some things you forget. This handy list gets rid of the 30 most forgotten things when going to college. That way you wont be calling your parents every 5 days saying "I forgot to pack.... Will you send it to me?"

Dealing With Clothes

You don't usually forget your clothes, but the items you need for them... yes.

1. Shower Shoes

I can't overstate how important these are!!!! These are something I accidentally didn't bring to school when I came in as a freshman. Shower shoes are really important in keeping yourself healthy. In tight quarters it can be easy to get infections or diseases. A pair of rubber flipflops can really help prevent picking up nasty germs. They are hard to get use to at first, but you learn to love them.

2. Rain boots and gear

You'll notice you forgot something when you walk into a class soaking wet on the first day of rain. Rain jackets, rain boots, and an umbrella will do you a lot of good for those randomly rainy days on campus.

3. Dress Clothes

At first when I starting packing for college I didn't think I'd need my Sunday church clothes or all those extra dresses... I was wrong. From interviews, career days, and presentations, to dances, official celebrations, and actual church, you're going to need them. All of these things take place on campus, and if all you have are sweats and jeans you might be out of luck.

4. Iron/Ironing Board

To make sure all those dress clothes are looking nice and neat an iron and ironing board might come in handy. They sell more compact ironing boards that fit perfectly in a dorm closet. Irons can be a little more tricky because they have an open heating source which is banned in most places, but Resident Assistants (RAs) will overlook that if it has an automatic shut off!

5. Laundry Hamper

At some point (it doesn't matter how lazy you are) you are going to have to wash your clothes. But where does that pile of unclean laundry go? Hopefully not all over your floor. To keep the mess organized, make sure you have a place to put dirty clothes! Plus hampers make it a lot easier to tote clothes to the laundry room on campus!

6. Laundry Cleaners

When the day comes that you are going to drag you giant load of clothes down to the laundry room in your dorm, make sure you have all the necessitates for cleaning them. This can include detergent, softener, bleach, and stain remover. Trust me, you don't want to drag your clothes down and beg for cleaner from someone else or leave your clothes down there to make a trip to the store.... it's just not fun.

7. Sewing Kit

Last but not least you'll want a sewing kit. Your going to get rips and tears in college. It's bound to happen. To mend those rips make sure you have the supplies!

Some examples!

Paper Trail

Important papers and items to bring!

8. Important papers! These include passports, vaccination records, financial aid information, car title and registration, insurance information, and anything else along those lines. It can be a real hassle when you need one of these at school and you have to ask your parents to send it to you or fax a copy. It's good to have them on hand in a secured place, like a folder organizer.

9. Stamps and Envelopes. Sending letters is ALWAYS something I love to do. Opening your campus P.O. Box to find a stack of letters from people you've mailed is an amazing feeling. To be able to send these you have to have the necessities. Stamps, envelopes, cards, and just plain stationary are all good things to bring along with you.

10. Desk Calender. To keep myself organized I use a desk calender. There are great for a quick peak at what you need to do that day plus they are big enough to get your attention. I find using these is more affective than using an agenda.

11. Scissors and a hole punch. There have been too many times to count where I needed a pair of scissors for something important and didn't have any! Running around your dorm asking for scissors is not the way you want to spend your night. Be prepared and bring them with you. This also goes along with hole punches and staplers. Desk supplies in general are always a safe bet.

12. Art Supplies! For all those crafty people out there craft supplies are definitely a need-to-bring. I have feathers, bead, canvases, paint, paintbrushes, markers, crayons, color pencils, erasers, and sketch books. You name it! Any time i want to relax and wind down I always start or work on a project of mine. It's a good hobby to get into.

Tools of the Trade

Essentials for safety, cleanliness, and organization.

13. Utensils. On those long nights studying where all you have to eat is microwavable food having something to eat it with and put it in is always important. Don't forget to bring a couple of forks, spoons, butter knives, a cutting knife, mugs, a bowl, a plate, and Tupperware! I went with all sturdy utensils, but you can also opt to get plastic!

14. Shower tote. Rather than trying to carry your shampoo, conditioner, soap, sponge, towel, razor, and anything else you use in the shower all at one time you might want to bring along a shower tote. These can be cloth, mesh, or plastic. I like to use the cleaning supplies bucket for mine. It's easy to clean. It doesn't matter if it gets wet, and there are plenty of space to put all of my products.

15. First aid kit. This is SUPER important. I just grabbed a simple one, but having bandaids, antibiotics, anti-inflammatory, cold compresses, wraps, medication, and everything else that comes in it really helps. You wouldn't think you would use it much, but when your helping your friends out or you cut yourself of accident you'll be glad you brought it.

16. Cleaning supplies. Dorm rooms get messy just like your room at home does. To keep it clean make sure you bring supplies for dusting, sweeping, vacuuming, or even cleaning out sinks. Dish soap is always good too when you need to clean those utensils!

17. Flash light. Flashlights have many uses. From a random power outage to fun games a flashlight should always be on hand.

18. All your cords! I've had to go home so many times to get charging cords that I left at home. Make sure you have your phone charger, U.S.B. hook ups, power strips, extension cords, camera charger and U.S.B hook up, laptop cord, iPod cord, and music hook ups. It ends up being a lot!

19. Nail polish remover. Now this isn't for the guys, but girls this is definitely something you want to bring. It's a lot easier than trying to chip off all the old polish, tearing up your nails, and having a spotting paint job walking around school. Yuck!

20. Snow Shovel. Now this isn't for everyone either. I doubt that you are going to need to dig your car out of a snowbank any time soon if you live in Florida. But if you live up in the mountains like I do getting caught is a real possibility! I always make sure to keep a snow shovel, water, something to De-ice my car with, and a snow scraper/brush. Just make sure that you have all the tools in case your car ever gets stuck anywhere!

21. Extra Sheets! On laundry day... or night. Only having one set of sheets can be problematic. If you want to go to bed and your sheets are still in the dryer for another hour it makes it kind of hard to get some sleep. Bringing an extra set of sheets that fit your bed and match your comforter always make it a little easier to keep your bed clean and comfy!

Miscellaneous

Just for fun

22. Decorations! These are my favorite things to bring, but some people forget them! Make sure you add pictures, paintings, plants, lamps, and anything else you want to add to the walls! For more ideas visit Crafty in College!

23. Your Bike! Getting around campus can be challenging sometimes. Bringing your bike with you makes it quicker and more fun. Just make sure you also have a lock and you know the schools policies for bikes on campus.

24. Sleeping bag. For all those overnight hikes, sleepover, or cold nights where you need extra warmth a sleeping bag certainly does the trick. You can also lay them outside for a fun night of star watching as a date!

25. A Fish!!! I brought my fish, Zeb, up with me when I came to school. He has kept me company and he distresses me a lot. Fish are acceptable in most college that aren't pet friendly like mine. Just make sure you have a 10 gallon tank. Anything bigger can usually be documented. Good fish for a dorm room include betas, paradise fish (like Zeb, and gold fish!

26. Curtains. These are both used for decorations as well as functionally. Curtains make a room look nice an homey. But the most important thing is the keep out light! Closing them at night allows you to get rid of all that glare from street lights, cars, and anything else around campus. These are definitely needed for sleeping in.

27. Books to read. I don't usually bring all my books, but I do bring my favorite few and the ones I'm currently reading. These are good for relaxing afternoons and weekends. Plus you can always share books with your friends and introduce them to something you love!

28. A Fan. This isn't very exciting, but sometimes you can't control how hot its going to be in your dorm room. To cool yourself down open a window and use a box fan, or you can get a small personal fan to keep you nice and comfortable in your room.

29. Hanging strips. These are excellent! And not just for dorm rooms. All those decorations, shelving, and hooks your are going to be putting on the walls really keep your room neat. Plus they are easy to take off so you don't have to worry about any room damage fees at the end of the year!

30. Last of all A GOOD ATTITUDE! If you come to school expecting to be awkward, homesick, and stressful, then it's going to happen. Don't worry about any of that and come to school with an open minded, ready to learn and have fun attitude. It makes meeting people and enjoying the new part of your life easier!!!

Feedback - Anything you'd like to share?

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • SusanDeppner profile image

      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Looks like you've thought of everything! Great list!

    • profile image

      florin87 5 years ago

      Great lens..

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)