Unconventional College Packing List

I started out thinking I would write the generic “Top 10 Things to Bring to College!” post. It’s the start of my back-to-school series (woot woot!) and what better way to start then with a list? But once I asked my Facebook friends for their suggestions, it turned into so much more than just a list (and so much better).

The things my friends found as “must-haves” ranged from bed sheets and towels to a Time Turner and blankets for floor naps. From my friend Danielle:

Never underestimate the power of a comfy chair (or futon if you’re blessed with space), especially for those introverts among us who enjoy studying in our rooms but not necessarily enduring the cold, hard reality of a desk chair for hours on end. Other than that, I would have to say I’m inordinately fond of my hanging closet shoe rack. It only takes up a little bit of precious closet space but can be used to organize all kinds of small non-shoe items.

And my friend Lydia:

A tiny but well stocked first aid kit and a tiny travel sewing kit! You might be surprised how many disasters can be saved by some band-aids or thread.

Then there’s Grace, whose comments just can’t go unrecognized:

I also always bring my SpUnKy personality and good looks.

As I laughed along or nodded in agreement, I realized how much stuff I use at college the lists online never prepared me for. So I compiled a list of all the Facebook suggestions, more or less in my friends’ own words. The items in bold were suggested more than once, and therefore are the best stuff on the block. ;)

But enough of my blabbering! Without further ado, here is the unconventional college packing list:

The Unconventional College Packing List | Scribbling in the Margins blog

What are your unconventional college (or uni, my European friends) must-haves?


Below the Line:

  • Special thanks to my friends who generously offered up their must-haves: Grace, Lian, Kirstyn, Casie, Laura, Haley, Hattie, Jackson, Alison, Danielle, Erin, Erica, Kenzlie, Audrey, Kate, Sarah, Lydia, and Mary Kate. You guys are bam-kicking ;)
  • Second installment of my back-to-school series coming up Friday! Hmm, I wonder what it could be…
  • My family went on our annual trip to the Indiana State Fair on Saturday! My sister tried a deep fried Oreo and deemed it “really yummy.” My favorite part was the penny candy- but then again, it’s always the penny candy :)

Soooo what do you think?

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