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What to Pack in Your “First Night in the Dorms” Bag

August 14th, 2008 admin

Few things compare with the travesty caused by a combination of garlic pizza, a lost toothbrush, and your first all-campus dance. That’s why it can be very helpful to pack a bag-o-necessities just for that first night in the dorms-that night when everything is still in boxes.

It doesn’t have to be anything fancy (a backpack should do just fine) but you’ll be glad you have shampoo and toothpaste when that cute guy or girl you met in the elevator shows up on your floor.

Here are my suggestions for your First Night in the Dorms bag:

  • Wallet, some cash & ID
  • Change of clothes
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Cell phone & charger
  • Toilet paper (just in case!)
  • Soap, shampoo, and deodorant (travel size ones are great)
  • Towel & washcloth
  • Medications/vitamins
  • Something to read (magazine, book)
  • iPod (if you’re a music addict)
  • Pen & paper
  • First aid kit
  • Snacks
  • Key ring to corral all your new keys (dorm, mailbox, etc.)
  • Laptop & charger (thanks, Christina, for adding this to the list!)

Other things to have handy:

  • Pillow
  • Sheets
  • Blanket
  • Sweatshirt

Anything else you wouldn’t want to be without on the first night?

photo: Ready to go by emsago

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Christina  |  August 18th, 2008 at 11:16 am

    My laptop.

  • 2. Jamie  |  August 18th, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    @ Christina:: I can’t believe I forgot that! I just moved this weekend and it was the first thing I thought of (after a toothbrush) that I would need. I’ll add it to the list. 🙂 Thanks.

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