6 Things from Home You'll Want to Bring Back to School in 2018

By Danni White on December 11, 2017

Getting back to your college campus for the spring semester right after a fun winter break can almost be like going to school for the very first time. You may feel like you have to start all over again—from restocking your mini refrigerator, to readjusting yourself to class schedules, to really getting back on track with your life goals. When winter break ends, you don’t want to be completely caught off guard. It can be a little hard to pick up the motivation and gain momentum after lounging on the couch for a week and practically doing whatever you wanted to do.

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When it comes to packing, you likely fit into one of two categories: One, pull down everything you own and stuff it into a suitcase, or two, open up your suitcases and sit on the floor of your closet stressing about what to take and what not to take. Upon arrival at your destination (finally), you also fit into one of two categories: One, OMG, I left something and now I’m stuck, or two, I can’t believe I brought all this stuff…I don’t know what to wear now.

So, since it is highly likely you will leave your comfortable family home the Sunday before the Monday the next semester is supposed to begin, it is only fair that you don’t add to the stress of beginning another semester by not bringing the essentials back to your dorm or apartment. Here are some things you will want to bring back to school in 2018:

1. Winter Clothes
Depending on where you go to school (*cough* all you Northern schools), it is likely that there will be snow, ice, sleet, or just freezing cold weather. Therefore, remember to bring all of your accessories and necessities for such weather. This includes but is not limited to your snow boots, gloves, jackets, coats, scarves, earmuffs, thick sweaters, leggings, and anything else you use to keep warm. If you have a skiing facility or other activity typically done in cold weather (not swimming), don’t forget your ice skates, sleds, skis, snowboards, and snowmobiles (highly unlikely).

2. Heaters
Some schools and landlords provide central heating for the dorms and apartments. God bless them for that. While others do not find heat to be a necessity in cold weather, some find heat to be available but only in short supply. If your school fits these descriptions, you may want to consider purchasing a portable space heater. Check and make sure the type of heater you bring is allowed by your school (if you’re on campus). You do want to stay warm but you don’t want to burn anything up in the process. For those of you in mildly cold weather, an extra pair of leggings, sweatpants/sweatshirt, or socks might do the trick.

3. Spring Outfits
For the most part, all your fancy dresses, mini skirts, shorts, rompers, t-shirts, and heels can be left at home. However, you do want to have at least two or three spring-ish outfits available for the week or two before spring break. The weather will likely be warmer then and you will want to be dressed appropriately. Unless you are attending a highly formal or super fancy event in between that time, you won’t need but one or two fashionable party dresses.

4. Food
Maybe there is a favorite meal or dessert that only your mother or grandmother can cook. To help ease the pain of missing it for a while, consider asking them to cook it for you and/or to help you cook it for yourself so you can pack it up and take it with you. Additionally, the foods you love that you can only get in your hometown or when you go home (because your family buys or orders from someplace else), consider freezing a few things and taking it with you. If you are driving back to school and you have a lot of food options, you may want to stock a cooler with ice and store everything in there.

5. Supplies
Most likely, you will have all the supplies you need for school left in your dorm. However, it is important to take inventory of what is already there and listing what you either need to bring from home or pick up on your way back home. Did you run out of paper, pencils, or folders last semester? Did you lose your flash drive? Did a friend borrow a closet organizer or a storage bin and never returned it to you? If so, these are the things you should consider bringing from home or otherwise ensuring you have them when you arrive.

6. Gifts
Then there are the gifts and the gift cards. Gift cards are super easy to pack and also super easy to leave behind since they are so small. If you got gift cards to Starbucks, Wal-mart, Target, Apple, H&M or any of your other favorite places, be sure to take them with you.

Danni White is a developmental psychology graduate student at Liberty University. She works in the digital publishing, media, and technology industries. After this degree, she will go on to work on a PhD in social psychology in which she hopes to do research on perception and social cognition’s impact on human behavior. She hopes to apply this research in corporate HR departments and community-based organizations. In her otherwise limited spare time, she blogs, writes and reads. She loves coffee, sports, music, cooking, meeting new people, and binge watching Netflix.

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