It’s that time of year again! All around the country, kids are packing up their families car to make the journey to college. I’ve made this trip three times myself, four after next week, so I’ll go ahead and consider myself a pro! I can’t believe senior year is here, and that I’ll officially be an adult once May rolls around. While some people have already moved into their dorms, I wanted to get this post up sooner rather than later for those who move in next week! I’m sharing with you guys the 5 things that everyone should bring to college:
01. AppleTV/HDMI Cord
If you’re planning on bringing a television to school, these are definitely two things you should look into. While the HDMI cord is a cheaper alternative, the Apple TV is amazing. My parents let me bring one of their old ones with me to college and I was hooked. It has Netflix, Hulu, iTunes, YouTube, you name it, it’s probably on Apple TV. While it is a pricey item, it’s definitely worth the investment if you use your TV. An HDMI cord is just as good, but limits use to your laptop since you need to have that running to play on the television.
02. An External Hard Drive
This is definitely a must-have! When I told my friends Nicole and MC that I was writing this post, this was the first thing that they mentioned. Your laptop is going to be swamped with papers, syllabi, notes, etc. so it’s best to keep something on hand to store them on rather than clogging up your computers battery. This is something that you can bring with you to classes, and just hook up right there, or something you do at the end of the day. I found this one out the hard way… at the end of sophomore year my laptop got terrible water damage and died. I immediately backed up everything I could to an external hard drive, so it’s great for backing up your laptop too!
03. A Vacuum
This may be a gimme item, but I didn’t realize this until this past year. The house that I lived in was entirely carpet, which got dirty very fast. While we didn’t vacuum as much as we should have, I definitely will be doing it constantly this year in my apartment. (Don’t worry, an apartment tour will be done!)
04. Reusable Water Bottle
This may also be a gimme item, but I have several of these on hand. I personally love the Brita ones, with filters already in them, since you don’t know how clean or pure the water coming from the sinks, fountains, etc. are. The filtered ones don’t limit the places you can get water from.
05. An External Battery/Charging Case
I invested in one of these during my summer in New York and I’m obsessed. It can fully recharge my phone and charges super quickly! Having one of these on hand definitely calms my nerves as well, since I don’t have to worry about my phone dying. These are also great for when you go out! You don’t have to worry about not being able to contact someone if something goes wrong.
Honorable Mention: A good attitude and an open mind
These are per-suggestion of MC, but I thought these are actually great things to bring with you. You’re going to be meeting people from all different backgrounds, so it’s important to keep an open mind and a good attitude when it comes to their beliefs and values.
What are your suggestions for things someone should bring to college? I’d love to know!