Things You Should Have Packed

Hello Everyone!

Our timing has been a little off. We were hoping to have this ready to go before move-in weekend, but with all the crazy going-ons, we’re little late (oops!). All this on-campus chaos has shoved us right back into the first weeks at Purdue. There was so much to do, so many people all moving en masse in this huge new place where all the buildings looked the same.

Here, at The Right Track, we understand how hectic this time can be. And so, we have assembled a list of things to be sure you packed (isn’t a Target run around the corner, or something?).

SUPER DUPER IMPORTANT THINGS (or we think they should be!)

Identification (License, passport, Birth certificate, Soc Sec Card- these are especially important if you want to open an account at PFCU!)

Wallet or something to keep things safe

Flashdrive

Backup Flashdrive

Headphones

Backup Headphones

Umbrella (You might need 2, one to always have with you and a really good one)

Backpack

Sheets (you might want 2 sets)

Extra blankets

THINGS FOR HABITAT

Various medications

Vitamins

Hamper

Laundry Detergent

Fabric Softener

Wrinkle releaser

Air Freshener

Some/Any form of Disinfectant

A rug

Light source(s) (lava lamp, regular lamp, night light, fairy lights…whatever floats your boat)

Wall adhesive for decorations

Trash bags (if you have a small trash can, you can recycle your shopping bags [Pro Tip: keep recycled bags in old kleenex boxes!)

Kleenexes

Ziplock Bags

Wall Calendar

Batteries

Tape

Electronic: Check Res Hall policies for what you can and can’t have in dorm

Power Strip

CORDS (phone, computer, printer, ethernet[or breakdown and buy a router], ereader, ipod/mp3, etc.)

Printer–check to see if Res Hall/nearby computer lab has available printers and if school includes a printer allowance; if not, personal printers are very helpful but be aware of ink prices.

Lamp (preferably mobile and gooseneck)

Blowdryer, flat iron/curling iron

THINGS YOU PROBABLY HAVE BUT MIGHT NEED

Blazer (You will need a blazer), Trousers/Slacks, Nice shirts–you’ll need these for Interviews, possible inductions, meetings, conferences; a go-to outfit for anything where jeans would be frowned upon.

For those of you who will find occasions to wear dresses: Cover your bases–a formal dress, an interview dress, a dress to impress! (Something you like!)

Jeans

Shorts

Rain Boots or waterproof shoes ( O M G it will rain so much and you will have to go out in it. There are ways to waterproof your canvas shoes at home)

Shirts

Pajamas

Sweatpants/Yoga pants

Undergarments

Tights/Leggings

Ties

Jackets/Coats (Be aware of state’s highs and lows): Buy a size bigger for layering, eating, and air bubble

insulation (life-tip: don’t throw a wet jacket anywhere but a drying rack or a dryer!)

Athletic clothes (whether you will be at the gym or not)

Not really clothes but Clothes, adjacent:

Shoes (casual, dress, tennis shoes, shower shoes)

Jewelry

Watch

Scarves

Hats

Get rid of (meaning donate) any clothes you know you’re not going to wear. Those articles of clothing only serve to take up space and waste your time when choosing what to wear.

Bath:

Hand Towels

Body towels or terry cloth robe (avoid microfiber)

Shampoo, conditioner, body wash

Scrubbie

Toothbrush and toothpaste

Face wash/scrub

Face and body lotions (preferably with SPF 15 or 30)

Cotton balls/pads

Q-tips

Hair brush/comb

Deodorant

Bandaids

Razors/Nair

Bathroom rugs (if necessary)

Toilet Paper

Feminine products

Glasses case

Contact things (cases, solutions, backups)

Perfume/cologne

“Grooming kit” (You know the manicure/pedicure sets you always seem to get as stocking stuffers? They’re great for college! They include tweezers, nail clippers, file, scissors)

Shower caddy (Flexible mesh is preferable to solid plastic)

Shower shoes

Food (and food things): Know whether or not you will have access to a kitchen, microwave, oven, and

fridge

If you have stuck around, we’d like to first congratulate you, you rock, and two, please know that this is basic and attempts to balance having as specific and helpful instructions along with vague guidelines. If you see anything we have forgotten, please feel free to leave a comment below. Also, do not hesitate to email a mentor if you have additional questions at exploratory.mentor@purdue.edu.

Welcome to Purdue!!

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