28 July 2016

Packing For University: Essentials

I thought I would put together a little essentials list of what to pack for university as I know this can be quite a daunting experience for most as its more then often the first time that anyone has moved out of the family home. 
So hopefully this little guide will help to ensure the you don't forget any of the essentials! 

Home and Kitchenware 

Source: The Treasure Hunt Uk 
Going from living at home its strange to actually need to buy home and kitchenware as your so used to it all being there for you already. But hay ho its time to be an adult. Most accommodation is shared so before you go to university its great if you can find your new flat mates so you can all decide on who's going to buy the appliances that everyone will need for example Kettle and Toaster.
Here are a few ideas of some of the things you will need yourself:

  *Mugs and glasses -get something distinguishable if you're like me and wouldn't them getting mixed up with others.
*Plates/Bowls-make sure you take a few different plates and bowls for different meals and for when some are waiting to be washed and your too lazy to clean them. Also don't forget you will need cutlery or you will be cooking finger food.
*Cute Decorations- such as photo frame, plants, prints, candles to make the place look and feel more homely.
*Pots/Pans- You will need at least one basic frying pan to cook all them fry ups to cure your freshers hangovers. Also don't forget oven trays, there's nothing worse than having nothing to cook for your food on.
*Bedding- bedding is important, especially for the cold winter nights. Get the thickest comfiest bedding and duvet you can find.

Toiletries/ Makeup
Source: Fustany

If your anything like me you will want to bring you're whole makeup collection with you but if you have a huge collection then you will have to be selective I mean do you really need like 5 of everything? Although bringing as much shampoo and conditioner that you can find from home will save you money in the long run.
Some essentials which you will NEED while at uni:

*Baby Wipes- These will become essential, they pretty much come in handy for just about everything.
*Antibacterial- Uni halls sometimes doesn't feel like the cleanest place in the world, so antibacterial will be a essential to make you feel a little bit better.
*Medication- Make sure you stock up on your medication I can guarantee you will end up with freshers flu and you'll be thankful for the first aid kit your parents probably kitted you out with.
*Makeup- Like I said earlier be selective and don't bring your whole collection as the chances are you haven't got a lot of room and it will make the whole process of getting ready for uni of a morning a lot easier.
*Spray- you will need room spray (that's what I'm calling it as I can't remember its proper name) as your kitchen is more than likely right next to your room and you don't want it smelling of food while your sleeping. 


Stationary 

This what most people probably see as the boring things but it is a essential part of university, although make sure you go your freshers fair as you always get a tone of free stationary there.
This is what you will need:
*USB- I know you will be told thousands of times and you will roll your eyes but you seriously have to backup your work to your usb its so important I didn't and lost so much work!!
*Highlighters- Having one of these comes in so handy to highlight deadlines, exams etc...
*Notebook- (obviously) You will need notebooks, note taking is so important you get much more information that isn't put on presentations that will really help in the future.
*Diary- You may think na ill be fine but having a diary helps to keep your self much more organised and doesn't leave you last minute writing assignments because you forgot they were due. 

Clothes/Shoes
Source: Xlusive Touch
You're probably feeling like you have all the clothes in world, like the picture above and your struggling what to pick but don't forget when you first go your only going for one term so the first term see the transition to spring and can see some wintery days towards December so pack wisely for the weather you would expect that term. 
Here are some ideas for the first semester:

*Shoes- Take a variety so your prepared, but I can tell you I lived in trainers the whole time at university after the first week the effort to look nice just goes out the window. 
*Hoodies- These will become your go-to whilst at uni to throw on for your 9am lectures and for the times were your halls aren't as warm as you wish they were.
*Umbrella- It will be essential for getting from from one lecture hall to the other you may think you don't need one if you live on campus but your campus is normally huge.


Food
Source: Good To Know
Now I know you will probably go and do a food shop as soon as you drive at halls but if you have any favourite food you like and you're not sure that everyone sells then make sure you stock up especially if your going from the UK to Ireland or vice versa!

Packing can be a struggle, trying to fit all your belongings in carrier bags and what not. Why not order some packing boxes to make the process easier?
I have found some great ones at: Davpack

If you would like a 10% when ordering boxes, then add this discount code: STUDENT10 to the checkout.


2 comments :

  1. Not going to lie, this post is making me excited to go back to uni lol! I'm so nervous for those getting their A level results tomorrow! Thanks for sharing, it was a great post! X

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  2. Ahhh wish I had a list like this back when I was starting college! Not too much has changed since then but I can agree with this list- I brought a journal with me and never regretted it. I can always look back at those crazy times!
    Jen

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