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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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crazy_megan
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.
butterbuns
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.

Thanks!