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    eek (College) shopping list help?

    I'm going to be moving into college soon, and I just realized I didn't know something: what do you take to college?

    My parents have been bugging me to go shopping for stuff, but I've been able to keep putting it off. Looks like I can't anymore. Any dorm-savvy doods (ugh, prinnies!) have any tips on what to bring? ^^;

    Any help would be appreciated muchly .
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    A mini fridge!
    I will either find a way or make one.

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    apart from the obvious, (clothes, school supplies) bring along things that could come in really handy, but you don't immediatly need. duct tape, for example. you can never have too much duct tape. and meducine for all kinds of different things.

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    • Electric Fan
    • Laundry basket (with wheels, preferably)
    • desk lamp (LED lamps are nice)
    • Cheap flip-flops for use in shower
    If there's nothing out there, then what was that noise?

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    Optimus Prime

    what?

    He helped me thru some rough nights :D

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    Well, according to the move-in guide that I've gotten from my college for the last three years, here's a list of stuff to bring.

    Necessities:
    -Linens for the correct size bed (they should tell you what size)
    -Toiletries
    -SHOWER SHOES (probably the most important thing you can bring)
    -Alarm clock
    -School supplies
    -Surge protectors
    -Laundry basket/bag and detergent
    -Summer and winter clothing (depending on your school's location)
    -Hangers

    Optional:
    -TV, computer, game systems, and other electronics
    -Bicycle or skateboard
    -Plants, posters, knickknacks, and other decorations
    -Poster tape
    -Firsts Aid Kit
    -Kitchen supplies
    -Food/snacks
    -Electric fan

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    If you have a local Bed Bath and Beyond, they have college check lists available in the store, in the hopes that you will buy from them. Often stores of that type have lists like this, or the college does sometimes.
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    Make sure you find out what can't be used in the dorms too. I know in our dorms there were a lot of things we couldn't have. No LED lights, microwaves had to be under 700W, other various appliances couldn't be used.

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    I think shower feet things are a good idea, yeah..

    Actually, good ideas, the lot of them..

    There's tape specifically for posters? That knowledge would've came in handy a long time ago.. hunh..

    Optimus'd be a good idea, too. Though I don't have any models, and I doubt my roommate will look too kindly upon my Zord collection..

    I'll check out B,B&B. I've never been to any store like that, but it may be a good idea..

    Edit: oh, yeah, true. We can't bring stuff that can make fire. It sucks, but I guess not setting the place I'm going to live for the next four years ablaze is a good idea..
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    I cannot reiterate the shower sandals enough. Honestly, you never know whose been in there. *twitch....doesn't like public restrooms let alone showers*

    Your school should have a list somewhere about move in.

    Stuff they may not mention- entertainment, meaning game systems. Lots of batteries. Lot. A cell phone, not all places have landlines. Lots of storage boxes. Bookends. Any meds you can think of. Umbrella.

    Games. No, not video games, board games. Suddenly, once you get to college, all those games you used to play when younger are fun again. I personally have Twister, Battle Ship, Pictionary, Trivial Pursuit, Mancala, The Identity Game, and Jenga. My friends and I decided to do a community game chest because we all got so stressed from exams but had no way to unwind.

    Nuk-ro-wave (aka microwave). Extra lamps. Something to lock valuables in. Extra, moveable shelving units. Invaluable. A pet, depending on the policy. I know my school will let you have most small things, while others will only allow fish. Etc.

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    Lemme give my opinion, having never been to college.

    - Kettle. You need tea.
    - Seriously. Get a kettle.
    - If you like coffee, coffeemaker.
    - No, the kettle isn't optional.
    - Tea.
    - Either a mini fridge, or several hundred bucks and a map to the grocery store.
    - ID. You will also need alcohmohols.
    - More tea.
    - Oh, and a kettle.
    - Most other essentials, (Fridge, nuclear silo, portable 4000 megawatt death laser, rubber duck) have either been mentioned or are obvious.

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    Aww...I forgot my rubber duck with the laser beam eyes. I knew I'd forget something...

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    Quote Originally Posted by D'anna Biers View Post
    Lemme give my opinion, having never been to college.

    - Kettle. You need tea.
    - Seriously. Get a kettle.
    - If you like coffee, coffeemaker.
    - No, the kettle isn't optional.
    - Tea.
    - Either a mini fridge, or several hundred bucks and a map to the grocery store.
    - ID. You will also need alcohmohols.
    - More tea.
    - Oh, and a kettle.
    - Most other essentials, (Fridge, nuclear silo, portable 4000 megawatt death laser, rubber duck) have either been mentioned or are obvious.
    Ah, someone who thinks like me...if you don't get a caffeine addiction before you finish you're 1st year, you're not working hard enough!

    My advice is to go to whatever the equivalent of the Cash and Carry is where ever you live (basically the supermarket for the local small businesses) and pick up a giant sack of tea bags (around 3 or 4 thousand tea bags in it preferably). Also pick up a bumper-pack of pasta, a couple of slabs of tins of baked beans and a big box of dried soup...the pasta and beans are fair game for when you're hungry and should save you a bit on your shopping bills, but the soup is for emergencies only because it will probably have roughly the nutritional value (and flavour) of damp cardboard. If you're familiar with Terry Pratchets Discworld, the box of soup should be treated in much the same way as Dwarf Bread...it's there not to be eaten (and possibly to be used as a weapon)...three-day-old curries and week-old pizza crusts look mighty appetizing when you have the option of eating industrial quantites of dried soup...
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    Ah yes, I forgot to mention the beverages. I have about 200 bags of tea, 30 some bags of hot chocolate (with the mini marshmallows), and a never ending supply of water. Also keep some sort of carbonated beverage such as Coca-cola and Gatorade as well for stomach ills and headaches. Both help tons. Oh, and crackers and peppermints. Those are all home-cures for stomachaches and headaches and the like.

    Hey...I don't have caffine addiction.......but then I have been eating way too much pasta. >>' The only time I've ordered in pizza was when the Boy came to visit. I still need to order some Chinese takeout. It's not college without delivery.

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    Show me how pretty the world is
    'Cause I want something a little bit louder
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    Show me how pretty the whole world is tonight
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    Has nobody thought to mention the George Foreman grill? Yes, it's probably considered contraband on your campus, too, but... come on! The available menu of food you can prepare skyrockets with one of those things at your side...

    Plus, it knocks out the fat. What's not to love?

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    Air freshener and/or Febreeze. I am not generally a big fan of these products, but in a dorm they are usually essential. The guys' floors of my freshman dorm smelled like they were inhabited by goats. Just remember that Febreeze will not take the place of actually doing laundry (a mistake all too many freshmen make). And speaking of laundry, bring all the quarters you can get your hands on. You can never have too many quarters.

    Oh, and I will also chime in on the shower shoes thing. I guarantee someone in your dorm will have something nasty going on with their feet. And so will you if you forget your shower shoes.

    One more thing: A bike is a very nice thing to have on campus, especially if you don't have a car, but bring a crappy one, or else bring a really good lock and be very very careful with it. One in four college students will have their bike stolen while they are in school. I heard that statistic from the police when I called them about my stolen bike. The second one I'd had stolen in three years...
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    no oven things allowed in dorms, so no kettle. I like tea..

    Also, minifridge+microwave seems to be good, too. microwaves are allowed.. hmm..

    darn me taking so long to type..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattarias View Post
    no oven things allowed in dorms, so no kettle. I like tea..
    Then, get a hot pot. You just need to be able to boil water...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhoeKun View Post
    Then, get a hot pot. You just need to be able to boil water...
    oh, you mean those kettle things you plug in and- oh, I love those! Thank you or reminding me of their existence!

    Air freshener, beverages, laser ducks. right. got it. *scribble, scribble*

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    Don't forget mugs and sugar/honey for that tea. A few (not many) cups and plates and silverware are handy if you expect to eat anything in your room.

    Also, a little dry-erase board and markers to put on the front of your door. At my college, leaving a message on one of these was just as good as email or phone. Also handy for things like class schedules during the first week or two.
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    Find a place to buy milk. Caffeine (tea, coffee, college roomate's blood) is good for cramming, but sometimes your schedual is so messed you can't sleep. Put a cup of milk in the microwave. The toddy is the single most valuable drink outside of tea anywhere. If plain hot milk is bland to you, add sugar or honey, and vanilla extract.
    God.
    Vanilla extract is SO GOOD.
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    It depends on what your room's like, but things like posters are a good thing to have. My residential college's rooms were seriously like cells. Tiny, box-like, and the walls were brick painted in solid white. I needed something to cover up the depressing, blinding white.

    What's with all the shower-footwear stuff? I never wore anything like that... hell, I even used the bath!

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    ...You had a bath!?

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    good points on those last posts. I should probably ring my pichu mug..
    (yeah, yeah, laugh it up. )

    Never tried vanilla extract. Hm..

    Also, myes. i do plan to bring my collection of Zelda posters and whatnot. White walls are no fun.

    Edit: I reiterate the last post!
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    (Hint, bring a bath.)

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    Yup. One in every bathroom (co-ed, which I hear is weird).
    Dunno how people got it on in there, though, they were tiny! And meh, they were cleaned with lovely stuff like bleach, not like I was gonna catch anything.

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    Until you slip into your nice, hot relaxing bath of warm, soapy oh my god it's bleach holy crap it's in my eye get it off get it off get it off

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    Quote Originally Posted by Serpentine View Post
    Yup. One in every bathroom (co-ed, which I hear is weird).
    Dunno how people got it on in there, though, they were tiny! And meh, they were cleaned with lovely stuff like bleach, not like I was gonna catch anything.
    Ah. Bleach is good.

    Especially in show form, not to drink, ne?

    O that note, I might bring my PS2 and some DVDs, or something. Hm.. good idea? bad idea?

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    The cleaners were good with that sort of thing, and I always gave it a rinse first anyway

    Good idea, assuming you have a TV to play it on. TV's been mentioned, right? Anyway, I had my SNES and Goff had his PS2, so we were all good.
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    Depends if you want to get any work done.
    Oh, and if you have a roommate, don't bring it without chloroform and a crowbar, or you will never see the tv again, on account of his torso blocking it.
    EDIT: ^Oh, so you're saying ONE RINSE can remove a thousand blindnesses worth of bleach? Eh? Eh? I don't think so, Bleachwoman!
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