If you’re lucky enough to live in Indiana, you’re only a car ride away from some of the best colleges and universities in the country. Those of us in southern Indiana are surrounded by great options; the University of Southern Indiana, the University of Evansville, Vincennes University, and many other schools are within an hour or two of the gates of Christmas Lake Village. Drive a little further north and you’ll find the University of Indiana, Purdue University, and the University of Notre Dame. Whether you’re heading off to an in-state school, or venturing further afield, you’ll need to get ready for the big move. And we’ve got some ideas for handy college survival kits to make your first (or second or third) transition to college as smooth and stress free as possible.
There are a few areas of college life that will require specific survival kit items. The first involves dorm living. Pick up a shower caddy and fill it with all the basics; shampoo, conditioner, razors, soap, loofa, bath towels, etc. And don’t forget to buy some shower shoes/flip flops. You do not want to walk around barefoot in there. How about laundry? You’ll want to make sure you bring detergent, dryer sheets, stain sticks and a big ‘ole laundry hamper to catch all those dirty clothes. (Alternately – if you live close enough to home, just make sure you have a basket big enough to cart all of that laundry back to your parents’ house:)
Unless you’re one of the lucky ones with a spacious dorm room, plan to share a tiny space with an old or new friend. You’ll definitely need bedding and might want to consider room accents such as chairs, lamps, plants (if you have a green thumb), a rug, and bulletin or message board. These touches, in addition to photos of family and friends, will make the space feel like home.
We recommend prepping some “just in case” survival kits as well. It’s always a good idea to have a basic first aid kit around, and heading to college is the perfect opportunity to put one together. Band-aids, rubbing alcohol, tweezers, cough medicine, pain relievers, and anti-bacterial cream should all make the kit. And while we’re on the subject of safety, if you’re bringing a car to college, make sure it’s stocked with emergency supplies such as a flashlight, batteries, safety vest, blanket, jumper cables, and even a basic tool box.
These kits should cover the basics, but there’s also work and play to prepare for. You’ll receive a hefty shopping list for text books and other required reading, but you might want to make sure your laptop or tablet is in tip-top shape for note taking. Pens, notebooks, highlighters and Post-it notes are also a good idea. After all that hard work though, you’ll need a study break. Plan on packing some easy to prepare snacks for your room and you may want to think about gift cards for coffee shops or restaurants in the area.
Finally, a few last-minute ideas that might prove critical to your educational experience…
-Power strips are critical. Bring at least one or two. Phones, laptops, tablets, lamps, etc. all need to plug in and there just aren’t enough sockets in a dorm room.
-A sewing kit might save your life (or at least your outfit). Buttons pop off, seams tear… you don’t want to find and pay a tailor for the small things. Most of us can manage a needle and thread well enough for some basic repairs.
-Command hooks are invaluable. There is never enough space to hang things in a dorm room so sticking a few of these to the back of doors or walls is a great way to maximize space. Just be warned – they might take some paint off the walls.
Heading off to college is an exciting event but the preparation can be overwhelming. Hopefully these survival kit ideas will make life a little less stressful. We wish all the new and returning students out there a happy and productive school year. And remember, if you’re shopping homes for sale in Christmas Lake Village or the surrounding area, there is a wealth of educational opportunities nearby. You may even be able to keep the kids close enough that a laundry basket of clothes will make an appearance every other weekend of so