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
Umbrella (You might need 2, one to always have with you and a really good one)
Sheets (you might want 2 sets)
THINGS FOR HABITAT
Some/Any form of Disinfectant
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!)
Electronic: Check Res Hall policies for what you can and can’t have in dorm
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!)
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)
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)
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.
Body towels or terry cloth robe (avoid microfiber)
Shampoo, conditioner, body wash
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Face and body lotions (preferably with SPF 15 or 30)
Bathroom rugs (if necessary)
Contact things (cases, solutions, backups)
“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)
Food (and food things): Know whether or not you will have access to a kitchen, microwave, oven, and
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome to Purdue!!