Things to pack if you were going off to uni?

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Jan 26, 2010
  1. astrangeone
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    So, here's the rundown. My cousin is finally starting university next semester (not the summer semester, but in September). Problem is, it's an extremely backwoods town - there's like one big Walmart off to the corner, and it takes a very long bus ride to get there. He's asked me for a list of what to bring...since I have been in university for a long while, and my answer was.

    Housewares:
    - 1 pot
    - 1 frying pan
    - lid that fits both
    - bathroom cleaning stuff (especially a mop an a bucket...completely complusory...)
    - chopsticks (2 pairs)
    - a spoon
    - a fork
    - a knife (suggestion: paring knife - does the job for both spreading and cutting)
    - towels (face and body)
    - toothbrush
    - cup for drinking/thermos to keep drinks warm
    - cup for toothbrush

    School:
    - pens
    - paper (either notebooks or lined and binders)
    - laptop
    - USB drive (this will be a backup, just in case his computer has a meltdown)
    - printer (this means no runs to the school just for printouts)

    Personal:
    - clothing, lots of clothing
    - some sort of entertainment device (I took my DS Lite instead...can be televisions and the like)
    - DVDS, CD's

    Optional:
    - a small chest freezer (that way, he can stock up on cheap frozen foods)
    - vitamins C, D or a multivitamin

    Anything missing from my list? I've just compiled it from the four semesters that I've been on campus.
     
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    A quick one to add: Flip-flops for the shower thing. Some uni's showers are kinda nassy in the floor region. A hot plate if possible. Great for quick food things (however, sometimes they're banned, due to "fire hazards" [​IMG]).

    On a slightly larger end, if possible, a lock box of some sort (some roommates/floor mates) are nosy. And, a minifridge is a fucking savior for a dorm room.
     
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    First year- halls or a small flat means pack light.

    Kitchen-
    Bowl
    2 plates- you may have to entertain someone.
    Wok if it is allowed (like WildWon says anything and everything is a fire hazard)- pretty much everything can be done in one + small saucepan (milkpan) if you want.
    Cutlery+ chopsticks+ a knife or better yet block of knives.
    Cups- you him better than I here.

    Clothes- 9 outfits + optional fancy outfits. Weekly washing and a spare or two. Many clothes is not good. I use a kit bag (in fact I still keep all my clothes in one.
    Towels- spare is good here as some fool will do something.

    Computing
    You say DVDs/CDs- teach him the ways of the 'temp instead. I argue printers are optional. A second monitor would be a higher priority than a printer for me. Include a network cable- you do not need a $10 cable (real world shops remember) the first week you are there as that is good booze money.

    A few boxes- nice hardwearing plastic. Useful for transport and storage.

    First aid + aspirin/similar + condoms- you do not need a STD/STI/VD and the rest is always useful.
    Vitamins mainly make for expensive piss so go with some fruit instead (a slab of canned fruit is good).

    I will others to add to this.
     
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    OH! A small toolbox. Fill it with a hammer, small nails, screw driver, some screws and... WHITE PASTE TOOTH PASTE.

    That is needed if you're doing any room decoration (posters and whatnot). The Toothpaste? It quick fills nail holes. Covers it right up and hardens in... saves from wall repairs [​IMG]

    And make sure it's white paste... not gel. [​IMG]
     
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    Hmm....let's see.....alcohol....weed....condoms. I think that about covers it.

    [​IMG]
     
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    You beat me to it.
     
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    ALARM CLOCK. [​IMG]

    A potato peeler and a chopping board. It's dumb shit like that that you don't realise you haven't got until you attempt to make mash. Come to think of it: potato masher. And lazy washing up trick: Tin foil.

    (... unless it's catered halls, in which case cooking equipment isn't so much of an issue.)
     
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    Around here we have a dollar store that provides a decent ethernet patch cable. Plastic is good.
     
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    First-aid kit with some anti-sedatic (not sure how to spell), and some band-aid and etc.
     
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    Why does he need those cooking wares so early? Is he a transfer student or what? Usually, freshmen stay at dorms and they have no kitchens there, you just eat at the dining halls.

    Bring a Water Filter for drinking water. That's my best advice, because there will not be a water fountain nearby, and if there were, it would be really dirty.
     
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    A plunger if you have your own toilet. Nothing like having to wait to get your toilet plunged...
     
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    Spare loo roll? Or tissues? Don't want to be caught out by the Freshers Flu...
     
  13. CasperH

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    I knew someone would say this [​IMG]
     
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    You seem to be forgetting the kitchen sink.
     

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