What to Bring

What a better way to make the 100th Rutgers Tip than to make it the most important one of all! I could have copy and pasted freshmantips’s list, but a lot of the stuff was excess and well, I’ll give you a more centralized list)

BED STUFF
-XL twin bed set (comforter, sheets, a fitted sheet, pillow cases)
-mattress pad (makes the bed much more comfortable)
-pillows (I had 2, I’m getting another next year)
-extra set of XL twin sheets (just in case you don’t wanna do laundry
-extra blanket/snuggie
-optional: some of my friends had those cotton sheets that are for bed bugs. I never had or heard anyone have problems because of the mattresses, but it’s a good precaution.

DESK/COMPUTER STUFF
-laptop (as opposed to a desktop)
-lap desk/cooling fan (I’m buying one for next year. Will definitely come in handy if you wanna sit on your bed, which I and many others do a lot)
-laptop case
-printer (this is semi-optional. The school gives you money to print but I had the printer so I brought it)
-printer paper
-an extra set of printer ink
-ethernet cable OR router (go for the router but avoid NETGEAR… it sucks)
-a USB flashdrive
-surge protector
-pencils/pens/highlighters/a black sharpie
-plenty of post-it notes
-tape dispenser/extra tape
-cup to hold the pencils and such on your desk (my roommate had a desklamp that had a holder for this stuff. It was pretty neat)
-stapler
-extra staples
-paper clips (and those black and silver type clips. They’ll come in handy)
-a few envelopes/stamps
-pencil bag to keep the shit in you bring to class

FOOD
-easy mac. Lots… and lots… of easy mac.
-water bottles (trade off with your roommate who’s gonna buy the packs when you run out)
-tea, lemon juice, honey
-a mug
-plastic plates/utensils
-popcorn
-chips/salsa
-pretzels
-oatmeal (Quaker makes super awesome oatmeal to go that you just microwave.)
-granola bars
-basically whatever snack food you have
**a bin or something to keep it all so it doesn’t take up a bunch of space on your dresser

BATH STUFF
-shower caddy
-washcloths
-enough shampoo/conditioner/soap
-an ample amount of shaving cream
-razors/extra blades
-SHOWER FLIP FLOPS
-Multiple towels
-toothbrush (and maybe an extra normal one if you use a spin brush. I had one that broke twice :| )
-toothpaste + extra
-mouthwash
-floss + extra
-obviously tampons/pads for the ladies. 
-whatever type of facial cleaner you use.
**Anything you use in your shower, bring, and bring extras.

CLOTHES/SHOES/ETC
-
hangers
-all your shorts
-all your jeans/pants (even the nicer stuff
-plenty of t-shirts (for the ladies: some days you’re not gonna wanna look nice lmao)
-sweatshirts you know you’re gonna wear
-all your underwear
-plenty of socks
-sneakers
-flip flops
-regular shoes
-rainboots
-specifically for the ladies:
-all your skirts
-all your nice shirts
-any type of jean jacket/leather jacket/nice sweaters or whatever that you have
-boots, heels, nice flip flops, flats
-dresses. All of them
-belts
-all your bras
-a small purse or clutch to bring to parties
**seriously. bring everything you have, even if you think it’s ridiculous, you’ll end up making use of it for a party
-for the fellas:
-any type of polo shirts you have
-any button down shirts/dress shirts
-nice pants/trousers
-nice shoes
-belts

CLEANERS
-lysol spray
-lysol wipes
-swiffer dust and shine wood spray
-a rag you can use for the swiffer spray
-a vacuum
-a broom/dust pan if your dorm will be hard floor. The towers in Livingston have hard floors, I know.

MEDICINE
-allergy pills
-cough medicine
-sore throat medicine
-theraflu
-aspirin
-tylenol/advil
-bandaids
-neosporin
-tissues
-an ice pack
-optional: if you can find aloe gel, bring it. It’s AWESOME.

LAUNDRY
-laundry detergent
-dryer sheets
-bra bag for the ladies (if you don’t know, you put your underwear and bras in there and it cleans them a little more delicately)
-drying rack (good for drying nicer shirts that might otherwise shrink in the dryers)

HAIR STUFF AND MISCELLANEOUS BEAUTY PRODUCTS
-jewelry/makeup, etc (ladies. I don’t wear jewerly or makeup ever. I found myself pulling out what I had for parties sometimes. Bring it just in case!)
-lotion
-hair dryer
-straightener/curling iron/etc.
-perfume/cologne/spray
-hair spray
-mousse
-hair gel
-hairbrushes
-extra hair ties/headbands/bobby pins/clips
-if you can buy a bigger mirror, bring it. I was too short to really use the ones they have in the dorms.
-a little mirror
-nail clippers/tweezers/nail file
**anything you use or think you might use, bring it.

MISC.
-
a floor lamp or 2 (seriously, the dorm lights make you feel like a prisoner
-
hooks (those 3M hooks work really well. I’d get 2 packs of them)
-if your dorm has no air conditioning, bring a box fan or 2. If it does, I’d still bring a small fan just in case it breaks. It happens.
-DON’T BRING TRASHCANS/RECYCLING. The university will give them to you fo’ free!
-trashbags
-pictures/posters/whatever you want on your wall
-your phone chargers, iPod chargers, whatever chargers
-batteries (if you use a graphing calculator)
-sunglasses
-umbrella
-TV (a small one)
-picture frames
-
an extra bin to keep extra stuff in
-a calendar
-a dry erase board for the outside of your door/dry erase markers
-plastic water bottles (you probably got one at orientation—keep it!)
-an iHome
-alarm clock if you don’t use your phone alarm
-social security card/insurance card/driver’s license/YOUR RUTGERS ID
-As a commentator pointed out condoms (better safe than sorry)

some tips:
-don’t overpack. Bring what you know you’re gonna use
-if you can, bring some of your warmer stuff with you if you don’t foresee yourself going home before the middle of October
-Buy an ID holder or put it in your wallet if it’s small. But if you DO, buy a lanyard at the bookstore so you can keep everything in one place.
-memorize your ID number. Like I’ve said before, it’s really helpful
-you really don’t need a bunch of extra plastic drawers or any of the gimmicky stuff they sell in stores. You do get a decent amount of space.

To sum it up: Read through the list. If you have any questions, let me know!

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