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How To: Pack for a Dorm Room
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Caitlin
Student Contributor
Posted August 31, 2016
Hooray! You did it! You’re about to start your freshman year of college. If you aren’t excited yet, you should be. Freshman year is one of the best years of your college career. You will be challenged in ways you never expected, and your homework load will jump. Don’t worry, it’s fun, we promise.

However, packing for college isn’t always fun. It can be daunting, intimidating, and you might worry that you don’t have everything you need. Here are some dorm room essentials recommended by our interns here at Financial 4.0.
 
Alarm Clock
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Your phone might seem like a great option for an alarm clock, but an actual alarm clock can be a little more reliable so you don’t miss that 8:00 a.m. class. Depending on the alarm clock, you may not have to charge it continuously, or have to worry about it resetting in the middle of the night, which can happen with a cell phone.
 
Fan
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Unfortunately, dorm rooms can get hot in the early fall and late spring. Having a fan near your bed or on your desk can help cool you down, especially at night. You could also get a box fan to fit into your window to help circulate air.
 
Umbrella
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There’s nothing worse than walking to class and getting drenched because you forgot your umbrella. It’s essential for your freshman year, so add it to the packing list.
 
Sheets/Comforter
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It won’t feel like your bed at home, but the bed in your dorm room will be yours for the duration of the school year. To make it feel more at home, get soft sheets. You will also want to get a good blanket or comforter. The softer your bedding, the easier it will be to fall asleep at night.
 
Backpack
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Probably one of the most important items to bring to school, your backpack can really make or break your freshman year. A good backpack with solid support that can hold a lot is essential. You’re going to be lugging that bag all around campus with books that will be heavy, sometimes all day.
 
Rain Boots
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Rainy days make for tough walks to class, but you’ll need more than an umbrella. If you only have tennis shoes, you’ll end up with wet feet and no one likes that.  A pair of rain boots or water-resistant shoes will keep your feet dry. And there’s a bonus—rain boots will also work as snow boots in the early winter months.
 
Snacks
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It’s no secret that the cafeteria provides awesome options for meals throughout the day, but sometimes you get a craving for something sweet, salty, or both. Having snacks like pretzels, chips, cookies, or popcorn can help satisfy those late-night or midday cravings when you can’t get to the cafeteria.
 
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It’s no secret that the cafeteria provides awesome options for meals throughout the day, but sometimes you get a craving for something sweet, salty, or both. Having snacks like pretzels, chips, cookies, or popcorn can help satisfy those late-night or midday cravings when you can’t get to the cafeteria.
 
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