Now is a time where acceptances are coming out, and let me first and foremost say congratulations to those who have heard back already. But now it’s time to crack down and figure out what you need to start school. Of course there are the things that you automatically think about like, bed sets, books, and desk lamps, but I’m going to give you the top 5 things you need but will never think of.
1. Health insurance card
My freshman year of college started to feel a little sick and like every other college student, I thought it would pass. The next day I woke up with a fever of 103 and the nurse rushed me to the hospital. I found out later that I had bronchitis and of course a stay in the hospital meant I needed my health insurance information. Hiccups like this happen all the time, so it’s important to be ready just in case of emergency.
It may sound weird, but you honestly never know when you’re going to need a screwdriver, until you actually need it. I stole the screwdriver from my house after my first thanksgiving break, and while I’m happy my mother didn’t notice, it has come in handy.
3. Electric Kettle
You know that rumor about college students eating a lot of ramen noodles? It’s true. And you know what you need to eat ramen? HOT WATER. So once you get hungry late at night and the dining halls are closed, that electric kettle will be your best friend. And you can use it for any quick meals, including easy mac, and instant oatmeal.
4. Sewing Kit
This one is definitely going to come in handy. I recommend that everyone learn how to sew on a button and fix a split seam. Or at least be friends with someone who knows how to. Life tends to be totally unpredictable once you’re away from home and the once thing that would make it easier is knowing how to sew the button back on to the only white button up you have for your interview.
5. Surge protector
This one will definitely come in handy. There are only so many outlets in once room, and when you share it with someone, it becomes even scarcer. Just think about how many of your things need power. Your phone, computer, and printer are just the few. I’m sure you have at least five other things in your head that you want to bring that would need its own outlet.
This list is pretty basic but it’s definitely my top five. All of these are things that I use frequently, and lend out even more frequently. Believe me, it’s a good feeling to know that you’re a little prepared when the whole world feels like it’s falling.