As promised here is my blog on what to pack. As mentioned in my blog yesterday, Behrend should have a list of what to bring, so let's start there.
Here is the list of Stuff on Behrend's Welcome Week Page - I will comment on each item.
· Address book, stamps, stationery - only if you want. You can buy stamps and envelopes
· Alarm clock -if you want. If you have a cell phone, it usually has an alarm clock on it.
· Backpack - doesn't even need explaining J
· Baskets for toiletries and storage - I would suggest a bathroom tote to carry stuff to the shower if you live in a traditional hall and little baskets for your desk drawers so you don't have pens, push pins and such all over the place.
· Bed Linen: sheets (extra-long twin), bedspread/blanket, and pillow - I might also suggest a second set of sheets. That way if you spill a drink all over your bed at 9 PM and you don't feel like doing laundry right than you don't have to.
· Cleaning supplies (cleaner, paper towels) - Your bathroom is cleaned for you. But if you want to but wipes to wipe down your desk occasionally, or a dollar bottle of store brand windex to keep your mirror clean if you would like to put one in your room.
· Clothing (bathrobe) - this is optional, obviously. I personally don't have one but it's your personal comfort and what's going to make you feel at home.
· Computer, printer, and cables - Don't' forget an Ethernet cord for your computer. Right now there is no charge to print from a computer lab so there is no need to buy a printer for your room if you don't want to. However, it is nice to not have to walk to a lab to print a three page paper or wait for a computer to print it right before class as you will see happen a lot. Save the larger papers and power points for the computer lab printer.
· Desk items (lamp, pens/pencils/highlighters, calendar, calculator, tape, scissors, stapler, paperclips) - You do have a lamp on your desk, but to be honest sometimes they can get noisy. I recommend a little lamp, maybe even a second one for by your bed. (My roommate and I commonly sat in bed reading until we basically fell asleep). A calendar is your life - yes get one! There are so many assignments so have to write them in a planner of you'll forget at least one. I also might add push pins for the bulletin board on your desk and sticky tack to hang up a poster or papers on your wall - although I think this can be done with pins.
· Fan (portable) - the traditional freshman halls are not air conditioned.
· Financial items (checking/savings account, credit/debit card, health insurance card, Social Security card, driver's license or photo ID) - these are all must haves. If you don't feel safe with them, you can purchase a small box that locks, or your top dresser drawer (at least in Senat) can be locked with a pad lock.
· First Aid items (band aids, cotton balls, cotton swabs, cold/cough medicine, first-aid kit, aspirin) - I also would suggest maybe buying a travel bottle of headache medicine so that you can take it to class because in college it's really important to not miss a class. Then you can just refill it from the big bottle in your room.
· Food items (can opener, bottled beverages, coffee maker with automatic shutoff, one set of silverware/plates/bowls/glasses, condiments, napkins, snacks, dish detergent/
towel) - don't forget you have a limited number of freezer and fridge space. You also only have a microwave so you are limited in options of food you can make in your room and you also have a meal plan (use sparing so don't go too crazy with food for the room. Mainly soda and water and such, snacks such as chips, and then some microwave food like easy mac, ramen, chef Boyardee, etc.
· Games (cards, board games) - I wouldn't go overboard but if you want to bring a game or two go ahead. You will get busy with reading for class and homework one top of possibly working or joining clubs your free time will be limited.
· Hangers - you do have some closet space so yes bring these. Use your drawers for hoodies and sweats that can get wrinkled and if you want maybe buy one of those plastic three drawer units for beside your bed. Good to put a lamp and your cell phone on.
· Laundry basket/bag, detergent, iron - freshman cannot have an ironing board in your room but there is one if the laundry room so you can bring an iron.
· Padlocks (desk, laptop, and bike) Also dryer sheets aren't on here.
· Room decorations* - posters mainly.
· Sewing kit/safety pins - I have a cute, little, hand-sewing kit, but thankfully I haven't really had to use it although it might be a good idea.
· Snow shovel to store in your car - it will get snowed into its spot and you will have to spend twenty minutes shoveling it out, so plan going places accordingly.
· Stereo system (CD player, radio, mini disc player, headphones, CDs, etc.) - you can play music off your computer and space is limited so a full out stereo is a little much. Also, if your roommate wants to study, you may not want to blast music so it's easier to just put headphones into your laptop. Also, if you have an IPOD or something like it, get used to sleeping with it in.
· Television - if you aren't really a big television person, you probably can get by without one as you can watch shows online the next day and play movies on your laptop. However, if you are big into TV or videogames, it's a must have. Talk to your roommate about sharing one.
· Toiletry Items - shampoo/conditioner, body wash, shaving gel, razors.
· Towels - bath towels, hand towels, and wash clothes.
· Umbrella - I would suggest a golf umbrella, the little ones don't hold up well in the wind.
· Vacuum Cleaner (although vacuums are available in each residence area, it is suggested that you bring a small one with you, such as a "stick" vacuum, if your room is carpeted) - I have a little stick vacuum and it works nice. It's little so it doesn't hurt the limited storage.
· VCR or DVD player (with cables) - yes. Even though your laptop plays them, that won't work well for having a movie night with friends.
* Posters and photos must be hung with plastic tack.
I am not sure there is anything else that is not on this list after scanning through some of my college stuff, but I am sure that you will unpack and realize you forgot something. That is why I suggest unpacking and then going to Wal Mart to buy your refrigerated food and then you can look around that store to see if your forgot anything.