Since Olivia wrote a blog about shopping for college freshmen (and had some awesome suggestions, I might add) I thought I would do one as well. My personal favorite place to shop for back to school essentials is Target, but that is mostly because I never really went to Target until I got to college (it’s the difference of driving 45 minutes to the closest one, or just 15 minutes). Their things are relatively cheap, and usually coordinate together, which I really appreciate.
Here are some things that I would suggest to get before you get to school, or make, or whatever works for you:
- A shelf to sit on your fridge. This is something I have always wanted, but never had. If you keep your food around your fridge, it just overtakes the fridge and goes everywhere. So, with a shelf, it can stay organized, and you can find everything easily without digging for hours and hours through random snack foods.
- 3M wall mounting strips. These will be your saving grace, since you don’t want to ruin the walls each time you move in and move out. They don’t fix everything, but it does definitely help!
- Set of plastic drawers. I started my freshman year with one, and now I have two. One holds all of my paper, pens, and random school supplies under my desk, and the other holds jeans, tank tops, and t-shirts. The best thing is that no matter where you live and when, you can use these drawers for anything that your heart desires.
- A mattress pad. You can go with whatever you might like, since there are memory foam ones and feather ones (and probably others too). I started with a feather one, but now my memory foam mattress pad is basically my best friend. I could lay in bed all day long…but I probably shouldn’t.
I could keep going with random things you should bring to school, but I won’t. Instead, I will leave you with a few videos about move-in and of my freshman dorm room, and this blog that I wrote for Vera Bradley about back to school necessities….from Vera Bradley of course!