So you made it through the fall semester and finals, congratulations! Hopefully you’ve had some time to relax and recoup over the winter break, and prepare to finish off the year right. Now that it’s time to tackle the spring semester, you want to make sure you hit the ground running and are prepared to meet all your challenges head on. It’s a good idea to do an inventory of items you might have forgotten to pick up the previous semester. Perhaps there are items that need to be replaced as you start your new academic year?
We’ve put together a list of the top 10 items you should think about before returning to campus. That way you won’t have to stress about making time to pick them up when you have class or should be studying!
In case you snag an on-campus interview!
When you’re returning to college for the spring semester, make sure to bring a good set of business casual attire or even a suit back with you. It’s hard to think about business clothes when you’re more concerned with what’s comfortable, or what you can wear for a night out, but this is an essential item for any college student!
The spring semester is when a lot of colleges have job fairs, and you don’t want to show up to potential employers looking underdressed! If you don’t already have a suit, this would be a great time to pick one up-- they are super versatile and you will get a lot of use out of them. If you’re lucky enough to get an on-campus interview, you’ll already be completely prepared, with no need for a last minute drive to Macy’s or Target. Even if you have a few years left of college, you never know when a professor will require business attire for a presentation as well.
Extra Device Charger
Easy to forget, but essential to have
You have your phone, tablet, or computer with you everywhere, and in order to get your work done, it’s essential that your devices stay charged. Return to campus prepared and with an additional charger for whichever device you tend to use the most. Most students work at more than one location on campus as well, making it incredibly easy to misplace or lose your charger. Don’t be in the situation where your device loses power at a crucial moment! Come back prepared with extra chargers.
It might also be a good idea to pick up some extra surge protectors as well, especially if you or your roommate(s) come back with some extra electronics from over the winter break.
A New Planner
Start the year off organized
It’s a new year, and you’re going to have all new classes and commitments that will require you to keep track of. Never miss a deadline or an appointment, so make sure to pack an easy to use planner. Although we store a lot of calendars and reminders on our phones and computers, it never hurts to have an extra planner to put on your desk. If you get a monthly or weekly version, you can see what’s coming up over the course of the entire month or week. This is extremely helpful when trying to plan your social functions around your academic deadlines. If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to be more organized, this is the best way to start! Planners come in all shapes and sizes, so you’ll be sure to find one that speaks to your personality.
New Shower Shoes
Replace your old ones with a brand new pair
Your shower shoes got a lot of use over the past semester, so why not come back to start the spring semester with a new pair of flip flops? There’s all kinds of dirt and grime that are sure to have collected over the fall semester on these essential items, so if you didn’t already ditch them at the end of that semester, make sure to do it first thing when you get back on campus. No one wants to keep using the same grimy pair, so switch things up with a pair of colorful shower shoes. Or if you want to show your school spirit, see if your campus bookstore has a pair of flip flops with your school logo or mascot on them!
Change of Towels
Bring back that new towel feel
Of course you came to campus at the start of last semester with a nice set of towels, but did you consider bringing a backup set as well? It’s an easily forgotten item, until you wish you had a second set! Start off your spring semester with an extra hand, face, and bath towel and bring back the luxurious feel of a brand new towel. Another advantage to having an extra towel set, is that when one is dirty, you have a clean backup-- no need to do an emergency load of laundry!
While you’re bringing back towels, it couldn’t hurt to also throw in a beach towel or two for when the weather turns nice. You won’t want to use your bath towels on the quad or if you want to take a swim, so make sure to take that as well!
New Air Freshener or Diffuser Scent
Freshen up your dorm room
After being away for winter break for a couple of weeks, your dorm room is sure to have taken on that smell that all dorm rooms seem to have. Because no one has been in your dorm for a while, its smell might be a little less than pleasant. Quickly disperse any bad aromas with some new plug in air fresheners or a diffuser for essential oils. These are so key to any dorm room, especially because candles are not allowed. Make sure to pick up some amazing scents while you’re at it, ones that both you and your roommate(s) will enjoy. Think lavender or rose for relaxing on the weekends, and lemon or pine for when you really need to get some study time in.
You never know when you’ll need it
Luggage is definitely one of those items most students don’t even think about, after all, you already packed up your stuff and moved it here last fall! But you never know when the opportunity will present itself to take a quick weekend getaway with your friends. At the very least make sure to bring back a duffle bag that can hold your stuff for a couple of nights.
If you’re planning on taking a spring break vacation this year, you might want something a little bigger! If you’ll be visiting home before embarking on spring break, you can leave the larger luggage pieces behind, as they’ll just take up space. But if you won’t, bring it back and make use of its storage capacity in the meantime!
Keep the good sleep coming
Winter break is such a nice time to get caught up on sleep, especially after a grueling session of finals. When you’re home, it’s also easy to get restful and restorative sleep because you don’t need to worry about loud neighbors or late night study lights from your roomies. Keep those vibes going back at school with a darkening eye mask, which will be sure to shut out any annoying lights. You need to make sure you’re getting enough sleep, and a great way to do that is with a mask, and if you have a lot of noise, maybe some ear plugs or a pillow as well.
Did you know that you can also purchase eye masks that come with anti-puffiness or anti-redness qualities as well? So if you think the skin around your eyes may need a little extra TLC, get an eye mask that can double as a sleep aid, as well as a beauty aid. If your dorm allows microwaves, there are also eye masks out there that when they’re warmed, release wonderful aromas such as citrus, thyme, or apple!
Keep your feet protected from the cold floor
You can never have too many socks, especially when you need to rely on doing laundry in a shared dorm facility or a laundromat. Socks are always the first items to get lost on laundry day, so come back to school prepared with some extra pairs! Socks are always necessary, especially if you’re returning to a cold campus in January. Pick up some cute, playful ones that will brighten your mood whether you’re hanging out in the room or getting ready for a fun night with friends.
Also, if you don’t already have a rug for your dorm, pick one up! In addition to socks, they’ll make sure you’re never stepping on cold tiled floors ever again.
Water Filter Replacement
Don’t forget to replace your drinking water filters
Needless to say, it’s important to stay hydrated, each and every day. Instead of creating more waste and causing environmental problems with plastic water bottles, you decided to make a better decision and use a water filter instead. This is a great idea, and a greener way to live while you’re on campus. However, these pitchers do have filters, and those filters need to be changed periodically. If you don’t already have a schedule for changing them, make sure to mark it in your planner so you don’t forget.
Come back to campus with a couple of filters-- depending on how often you need to change them-- and make sure to keep your reusable water bottles full!
By doing a quick checklist of items you might need before you start the spring semester, you can come back to campus prepared and ready to start the year off right! Did we miss any essential items you brought back? Let us know in the comments!
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