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The ultimate packing checklist for living on campus

The ultimate packing checklist for living on campus


So you’re moving out for the first time and have no idea what to pack for on-campus living? Victoria reminds you that you need to bring more than just clothes, be ready to take note of the essential items she used while living on campus.

Written by Victoria Prince

Embarking on the university journey is a thrilling adventure, defined by newfound independence, exciting opportunities, and the prospect of living on campus.

It’s a whirlwind of possibilities – forging new friendships, delving into classes, and having the freedom to create a space uniquely yours.

To ensure you kick start this journey on the right note, let’s delve into the ultimate packing checklist that will turn your dorm room into not only a lively hub of student life but a ‘home’.

Bedding essentials

Secure a minimum of 2 sets of sheets (preferably 4) suitable for the size of your accommodation’s bed.

Include a mattress protector, a cozy doona, its matching cover, and the number of pillows necessary, all accompanied by their respective pillowcases!

Kitchen basics

You will need: a trusty baking tray, frying pan, saucepan, bowls, plates, cutlery and don’t forget your Tupperware containers!

The ability to prepare simple meals or snacks can save you both time and money in the long run.

Toiletries and personal care items

Stock up on toiletries like shampoo, soap, toothpaste, and any other personal care items you use daily.

A shower caddy and terry towel dressing gown are your secret weapons for stylish bathroom shenanigans!

Putting together a basic medical or first aid kit with Panadol, Band-Aids and cold and flu tablets will also come in handy.

Study supplies

Arm yourself with the tools of academic triumph: pack funky notebooks, pens that spark joy, highlighters for all the important information, and sticky notes for those lightbulb moments.

A reliable laptop and charger are absolute non-negotiables and of course, let’s not overlook the unsung hero – your headphones! 🎧✨

Décor to personalise your Space

Turn your space into a reflection of you!

Posters, photos, fairy lights – let your imagination run wild.

This is your space, transform it into a home away from home with a touch of personal flair.

A plant, some recreational books or a musical instrument are a great way to brighten up your room and unwind from study!

Fashion fiesta

Pack for all seasons and occasions – casual threads, workout gear, and a touch of glam for those surprise soirées.

And, of course, don’t forget some professional clothing, your placement uniform and a rain jacket or winter coat depending on your location.

My very messy but only photo of my personalisation to my room when living on the Albury Campus

Laundry 🧺

Equip yourself with a laundry basket (go for a stylish one if you fancy!), laundry powder or liquid, mesh bags for delicate items, clothes pegs and a clothes horse or drying rack for those rainy days.

A lint roller is your secret weapon against lint, hair, and fuzz, leaving your clothes impeccably clean and don’t forget some clothes hangers for putting your clean clothes away!

Important documents

Keep the essentials close – ID, insurance, Medicare card, ambulance insurance, academic records – basically, the backstage pass to your university adventure.

Keep all your essential documents organised and accessible, future you will thank you later!!

A final note from Victoria

There you have it – your golden ticket to dorm room glory!

Welcome to the adventure of a lifetime – let’s make it legendary! 🚀✨

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