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Back to School Checklist

It’s hard to believe that summer is on its way out. Before we know it, classes will be starting up and college life will be back in full force. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, although we will miss the sweet summertime.

Here is everything you need on your back to college checklist:

  • Buy all of your school supplies. Binders, pens, paper, a backpack and books. If you already know which textbooks you need, get them. Make sure you get everything you need before you get to campus.
  • Stock up on cleaning supplies. A dirty dorm room or apartment is not cool. Don’t forget to load up on laundry detergent, dish soap, paper towels, and all the other general cleaning supplies you will need to keep your place so fresh and so clean.
  • Don’t forget the toiletries. Whatever shower and bathroom products you want to use, get them before you head off to campus. It is always a good idea to get some extras for when you run out. This includes things like razors, tweezers, hair gel, towels, shower shoes and contact solution, the stuff you really don’t want to run out of.
  • Get some new threads. There a few must have items that you need to purchase before the new school year starts. A trendy tee, some new kicks, and a reliable pair of jeans.
  • Pack only what you need. You don’t need a closet full of winter jackets until at least November, which you can get when you go home for break. Only pack what you absolutely need; clothes, decorations, etc. Having a cluttered room and overflowing closet is distracting and unattractive.
  • Safety first! Batteries, flashlight and a first aid kit. Always have an emergency kit close by, just in case. It is also a good idea to have a basic tool kit for small fixes around your apartment.
  • Update chargers and electronics. Make sure you have all the right cords and plugs for all of your electronics. If something is broken, get it fixed before school starts.
  • Memorize your class schedule. Keep your schedule in the back of your mind, even if you write it down in your planner. Showing up late to class the first day is a big no-no. Even worse is walking into the wrong classroom.
  • Do a campus walk through. Before classes start make sure you walk from classroom to classroom on campus so you don’t get lost on your first day.
  • Open a savings account. If you haven’t already, open up your own savings account. It is always good to have some money set aside for something fun, to help secure your future, or in case of an emergency.

There is still time to enjoy the sunshine before being back in the classroom all day. But before that first day of classes, make sure you have everything you need for a great semester. It is always better to be prepared.

If you enjoyed this post, check out the Freshman Packing Guide, 15 Things to do the Summer Before College and Packing for College Tips & Tricks

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Callie Pederson

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Degree in Communication and Creative Writing. Outdoor enthusiast, animal lover, blogger.

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