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To anyone who's lived in res/dorms...

Is there anything that you didn't take with you/think to pack/whatever, that you realized after a while you should have?

I'm working on my list of what to pack/get together, and I don't wanna forget anything so...yeah.


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Jul. 17th, 2007 08:10 pm (UTC)
hmm.... well, you seem to be starting decently early, that's a good first step :D

Basically just... look around your surroundings. Anything you use, you're gonna want with you. Listing is very good. So whenever you use something think "oh, yeah, this!" and write it down.

I don't think there was really anything major that I forgot. Hm... oh, a good measuring cup/jug is a definite must. And stuff that is microwave safe. You have no idea how many times I burned through cheap plastic dishes in the microwave... And, a broom/bush and pan. Sure, yur dorm may have some available, but really, checking that kind of thing out is a pain in the ass. The other thing I recommend is: make sure you get long cables. I'm talking like, ethernet, phone cables, cable TV cables. You have no clue where jacks might be in relation to where your stuff might be, and you don't want room layout to be limited by that. Hm... and plastic crates. Always good.
Jul. 17th, 2007 08:20 pm (UTC)
Well, not that early. It's only five weeks or so. XD

Yeah, my list is already like, two pages front and back because I keep doing that.

*nods* Most of the stuff I'm bringing in terms of dishes and shit is plastic, but I'm getting two or three cups/bowls/plates that aren't so at least I can use those in the microwave. Only going for the plastic really because the dollar store has some sexy shit XD And as far as I know, everything's already plugged in and stuff, except the ethernet. Which so totally thanks for reminding me about, because I meant to check into that and forgot.
Jul. 17th, 2007 08:20 pm (UTC)
Do you have a kitchen or a bathroom of your own like I did? I can give you some good pointers if you do.

Otherwise - lots of things that are multi-purpose. Milk crates are great for holding stuff - AND stackable. If you can find a laundry hamper with a wheelie bottom you'll love it. Mine was a beast and made life so much easier to haul laundry around. Or - get a collapsable one.

Have at least 2 sets of bed sheets/linens and towels.

You do not need to have a computer and a stereo and a DVD player. I got rid of the stereo and just run everything through my computer. And - if my computer crashed I ran things through my DVD player hooked up to my tv. I also still had a discman and my iPod.

You do not really need a tv that much. I don't have cable at school but I'm in Toronto so with an antenna I get a bunch of channels.

Candles will most likely be a no-no.

Have something for flowers on the off chance you want it later, or buy a cheap one when you get there.

Even if you don't have a kitchen, get a few plates and some cutlery and pot and a pan. Basic cooking stuff. Usually dorms will have shared kitchens in common areas you can use.

Shoe rack. 'Nuff said.

Stuff to put on your walls. They will be bare and make you feel like you're in prison.

Small toolkit - hammer, screwdriver with different bits, etc. Duct tape is also a must, as is packing tape and a box cutter.

Mini fridge. Need I say more? Most dorms have someone you can rent from.

Do not try and take your entire book collection. You won't read it. Trust me. You'll be too busy with school readings.

I also can't live without my back massager because of a bad back. You can usually get small ones for like $7 at linens and things. Also - really good for stress and making friends - trade massages for food! :D

Storage things you pretty much can't fgo wrong with. Those long rubbermaids you can roll under your bed are pretty good too. You want stuff that will actually have a purpose though - don't just buy on spec necessairly.

Removable hooks are a good idea so you can put them in your closet/back of the door, wherever.
Jul. 17th, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah, we have both a bathroom and a kitchen/common area-thing in each suite.

Totally stealing the hamper I have now. It's this awesome collapsible canvas one that I love.

Ech, I'm taking my stereo anyway, just cuz my laptop doesn't go that loud, and playing music on it slows it to a crawl. But it's one my iPod sets into, so...yeah. (Or at least it will be when I buy it because the stereo I have now stopped working a year ago)

*points at icon* Kidding. XD

Yeah, I have to find stuff that will stay up on my walls with stickytack. I hate that shit.

Jul. 17th, 2007 08:47 pm (UTC)
Oooh. What school are you going to?
Jul. 17th, 2007 08:48 pm (UTC)
Jul. 18th, 2007 12:19 am (UTC)
I've never been to Ottawa, but one of these days I'm gonna schelp up there to visit guntar.

... a lot of Torontonians I know call it "The City That Fun Forgot." But I can't imagine it's as bad as all that.

Hope dorm life treats you better than it treated me! ;P
Jul. 18th, 2007 12:22 am (UTC)
Ottawa is so not that bad. Granted, I don't think I've ever been to Toronto except for our grad trip, so I guess I really can't compare.
Jul. 17th, 2007 09:07 pm (UTC)
- headphones
- extra batteries
- electrial outlet thingys (the kind that you plug one into and it has an assload more of them for you to poke things into)
- bike
Jul. 17th, 2007 09:35 pm (UTC)
Duct tape. You always need duct tape for something.

One of those things to put all your bathroom junk in. Even though you don't have a public bathroom, I'd still suggest it.

Plastic containers for stuff.

Totally agree with above about microwaveable food and not taking all your books. I brought some bookshelves which I put my plastic containers, TV, and schoolbooks on. I didn't even read most of the books that I brought.

An umbrella.

Post-it notes.

A desk lamp for when/if your roomie wants to sleep and you're don't.

A fish. Seriously, it made me so happy to just sit and watch that thing on Saturday mornings.

Whatever you use for anti-stress. My college experience was so stressful.

Something with a buncha caffeine. What I used was Ice Java, which can be put into milk.
Hot chocolate and/or Apple cider.

A buncha blankets. Seriously, I had more than anyone else but it gets SO Cold with the cement walls that it'll freeze you out. (but of course be totally unhelpful when it's hot.)

Um. I think that's enough.
Jul. 17th, 2007 09:37 pm (UTC)
Oooh. I wouldnt have thought of a couple of those. Thanks!

A desk lamp for when/if your roomie wants to sleep and you're don't.

Luckily I don't have to worry about that XD Separate bedrooms.
Jul. 17th, 2007 10:07 pm (UTC)
Separate bedrooms, awesome.

Oh and yeah, don't forget posters for the walls. College is high stress prision with alcohol.

Oh, and curtains, if you like things dark.
Jul. 17th, 2007 10:08 pm (UTC)
Seriously, if it wasn't separate? I probably wouldn't live in res. I like my privacy too much.

ooh. Curtains.
Jul. 17th, 2007 10:47 pm (UTC)
The one major thing I forgot was a pillow. Luckily, my sister lived half an hour away at the time, so she drove down and brought me one.

Definitely bring a little fan and an extra blanket. School heating/cooling is about as reliable as...a...not-very-reliable thing.

Ooh, first aid kit. And post-its. I would flunk out of college if I didn't have post-its on my door and computer and mirror reminding me when things were due.
Jul. 17th, 2007 11:01 pm (UTC)
GooGone, or some sort of stick-remover. you think you won't need it but you'll be amazed.

if you have a printer, bring a bunch of back up ink cartarages. if you're at a campus without a car you'll end up waiting so much money buying them from the school store.

a dish drying rack. i used to have to do mine in the bathroom sinks cause freshman dorms suck, but i never had a drying rack so they were littered all over the floor on dish cloths.

i'm sure i'll think of more later.

Jul. 17th, 2007 11:11 pm (UTC)
They're actually cheaper at the school store. It's weird.

But ooh drying rack!
Jul. 18th, 2007 01:50 am (UTC)
I lived in the dorms/on campus apartments for four years, and what I learned was to only take the very barest of needs. Clothes, bedding, school supplies, dishes if needed. A fan. And then to pick only a few luxury items.

What they never tell you is how much you'll accumulate in stuff over the year.

I was, however, lucky enough to live close enough to home to get what I needed on weekends.
Jul. 18th, 2007 12:48 pm (UTC)
Uhm, chargers for things (because I'm stupid like that), and a favorite book or two (because as much as you do homework, down time is great too). That's about all I can think of, sorry!
Jul. 18th, 2007 03:04 pm (UTC)
mattress pad! makes a HUGE difference, egg crate or not.

extra blanket. for warmth and unexpected picnics.

comfy shoes, you always have to walk everywhere.

variety of clothes. like if you rush, bring a formal. and maybe a suit/business wear. you just never know.

food stuffs - 'specially breakfast things like fruit cups. pots and pans aren't needed, but at least one sharp knife (and maybe a big spoon). I had a electic kettle thing which was great for tea/ramen/oatmeal. tupperware!

you'll know if you brought too much a few weeks in. take it home ASAP, because leaving at the end of the year is a pain.
Jul. 30th, 2007 09:53 pm (UTC)
Oi, you there!
you're my snackster's partner. Since you dont want chockie what do you like. Most the good stuff is sugary.
Jul. 30th, 2007 09:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Oi, you there!
Haha, I don't really care if it's sugary, it's just really the cocoa and the sugar or something. I dunno, it's weird. XD I'm open to pretty much anything.

What about you? Anything in particular you'd like to get?
Aug. 6th, 2007 09:22 am (UTC)
Snacks and crap
I'm off to the Post with your package, no telling when it will arrive, the Royal Mail is on strike, off and on. But it will arrive, and when it does it's full of non- chocolately goodness, and a cute lil letter. Hope you enjoy it! Can't wait for mine! ( oh btw I LOVE chocolate).
Aug. 6th, 2007 09:25 am (UTC)
dorm crap: just moved into mine, and take a toilet brush if you have your own bath room. Trust me, that thing gets gross fast.
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