Moving to campus can be a little overwhelming. Ok, ok…it can be very overwhelming at times. Hopefully this guide makes the planning and packing phase a little bit easier. While these obviously aren’t the only items you should be bringing to campus, ensuring you have them packed will make your time at DePaul all the better.
Mirror: This is one of those things you take for granted at home and don’t realize how much you need it until you don’t have it. You know when you need to take a quick look in the mirror to catch those rogue hairs sticking up? Or when you think you got all the lint off your shirt but you totally didn’t? Yeah those things are going to happen, and you’re going to need a mirror.
Mattress Pad: While the beds at DePaul are comfortable enough by themselves, a little extra comfort never hurt anybody (this coming from a person who travels with like, 8 travel pillows). Not only will having another layer of softness beneath you at night make you feel so much better in the morning, you will also be slightly less grumpy heading to your 9 a.m. class (just slightly, though). For that soft, sinking-into-the-mattress feeling we all love, get yourself a mattress pad.
Utensils: One of the most basic needs of the average college student is also the most frequently forgotten, too. Remember to bring some utensils to campus. You know silverware, plates, cups, the whole deal. If you don’t want to bring your Mom’s nice silver (for real, don’t do that), try thrift shopping for used versions or purchasing some re-usable bamboo options. Trust us, you don’t want to end up eating cereal with a spork from the student center.
Surge Protector: At home, you never realize how many power outlets you use: charging your phone, charging your laptop, charging your calculator, etc. You don’t have all the outlets in the entire world to use anymore, so without a surge protector, you may have a hard time satisfying your electricity needs. Remember, extension cords are prohibited within the residence halls, but a surge protector is allowed if turned off when not in use.
First-Aid Kit: When you’re away from home, you won’t have a big medicine cabinet to take care of that annoying headache…or the sunburn from laying on Quad….or that other burn from attempting to cook your frozen pizza. Having a first-aid kit on hand will help you take care of yourself during your time away. Be sure to also check out the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness and the Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center to find more resources for staying healthy at DePaul.