5 Essential Items
4. Phone Charger and Speaker - docks are great because they do both, but bring a regular charger too to throw in your book bag and take to the library, plus you'll need that cord to sync it to your computer. Wireless speakers are great for a picnic or, my personal favorite, to set outside the shower.
3. Your Clothes - Obviously, this one is more like the opposite of packing, less is more. Look up some packing lists to see how much you'll really need. Few cute PJ bottoms (shorts and long pants), a few tank tops,...a few of anything, not everything.
2. Soft Sheets and Comforter you Like - I picked a duvet because they are very thick and warm but they're made of material that is actually very cooling, bring your own pillows that you love, you can use other pillows when back at home, take the nice ones to the place you'll spend more time. Pick some nice sheets, maybe even try them out at home before you take them to school, nothing makes for a more miserable first night in your dorm than a scratchy pillowcase. (trust me on this one, I'm very picky)
1. A Desire to Learn and Try New Things - College is a great new experience, totally different from high school, a time to recreate yourself. Take a ballet class, try a new food, or do lots and lots of new things. This is your best time to figure out who you are!
5 Things You Won't Think to Bring
4. Your Favorite Stuffed Animal - Even if you haven't slept with it for years it'll comfort you having something to hold on your first night away from home. If you absolutely do not want to bring a stuffed animal at least bring a picture from your room that you really like, it'll make it feel more like you're home
3. Letters From Home - The first week or few weeks can be hard. Have your family and friends write you letters to read those first few days. Maybe even try this idea of having them write you letters "to read when..." for your first class, first meal you make on your own, first night alone, when you miss home, when you feel lonely, etc. Do this for your friends, it'll make a great graduation present.
2. Sleep Mask - This seems like a silly sleepover thing, but trust me it's not. A few years ago when I was sharing a room with my cousin she had a nightlight and it was far too bring for me to sleep so I stopped by the dollar store and bought myself a sleep mask, and it saved my life. Your roommate might be just like that nightlight, she might have her light on all night while she studies, with a sleep mask you can go to sleep either way. You can even buy some really cute ones at amazon.com.
1. A Lanyard - This is what I'm getting some of my friends for graduation, they'll thank me later, and so will you. It's a cute way to express your style (I love the Disney ones from Hot Topic), and a great way to keep track of your student ID, flash drive (I have not lost mine since I put it on a lanyard), and your room keys, things you probably didn't have to worry about before. You can even buy some lanyards with built in flash drives!