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10 MUST-HAVE ITEMS FOR COLLEGE DORM LIFE

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Summer's almost finished, but you're not dreading your return to the classroom this time because a new chapter of your life is about to begin: you're starting your freshman year of college!  You've already decided what courses you'll take, so right now you're mostly worried about gathering all of the supplies you'll need for life at the dorm.  Here is 4blackyouth.com's list of 10 must-have items for college freshmen.  And don't worry. we'll spare you from having to read through a list of ultra-obvious items, like a pillow or printer.

  1. Reusable Water Bottle - A reusable water bottle, such as a Nalgene, can come in handy when you're in class, at the gym, or studying.  A water bottle will help you stay hydrated, improving your overall state of health and being.  Drinking more water will also prevent hunger pangs so you can avoid packing on the notorious freshmen fifteen. 
  2. Febreze or Air Freshener - Dorms are known to get smelly, especially when you have roommates that are less-than-stringent about their hygiene habits.  You eat, sleep, study, and take care of other important tasks in your dorm, so the last thing you want is for it to smell like a back alley in the Bronx.  Make sure you stock up on air freshener or an odor-neutralizing spray like Febreze to keep things smelling fresh and clean, even when you're busy. 
  3. Healthy Snacks - You'll undoubtedly have some late-night cravings, so pack plenty of healthy snacks, like granola, energy bars, fruit, and whole wheat crackers with peanut butter.  Guilty snacks like candy bars and potato chips might satisfy your cravings initially but they'll expand your waistline and cause you to crash later in the day.
  4. Coffee Maker - Speaking of crashing in the middle of the day, drinking coffee is infamous for making people do just that because of its caffeine content.  Nevertheless, coffee fuels many a college student because it makes getting through the day bearable when you're running on fumes.  But going to Starbucks to get a latte every time you're craving some java will not only be expensive, it'll also be inconvenient.  Make sure to purchase a coffee maker with automatic shut off for your safety.  Many colleges and universities actually prohibit dorm residents from using heating appliances without the automatic shut off feature.
  5. USB Flash Drive - A USB flash drive is very convenient to have because you can save your school work on it and then take it with you anytime you want to work on your laptop or at a computer in a library or local internet café. 
  6. Ear Plugs - Ear plugs come in handy when you need to get some shut eye or write a research paper while your dorm mates are having a rowdy party.  Ear plugs will also come in handy if your roommate snores.
  7. Sewing Kit - Mom won't be around to sew the holes in your clothing anymore, so be sure to pack a sewing kit and learn basic sewing skills before you head off to college.  The alternatives are to buy new clothes every time a hole appears or a button falls off, or save all the damaged clothes and wait till you go home for Thanksgiving so you can have your mom fix them.  But knowing how to sew is a good skill to have for when you're truly on your own, so we recommend learning how to do it yourself.
  8. Cleaning Wipes - Cleaning wipes allow you to clean up little messes quickly and conveniently so you don't have to go as far as to grab a bottle of bleach, gloves, and a sponge to get the job done. 
  9. Slippers - Whether you only have access to a public shower or you want to make late night runs to the bathroom without fumbling around to tie your shoelaces in a sleep-deprived stupor, a pair of slippers, such as Crocs, will often come in handy. 
  10. Bath Robe - Bath robes are essential to have because they prevent you from having to stumble out of bed in the nude.  Robes also come in handy if you share a bathroom with others and don't want to walk around in a skimpy towel after getting out of the shower. 


Article by: 4blackyouth.com


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