The New Semester: A Packing List for the Forgetful

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The holidays are over. Sigh. Don’t you wish you could start them over?

Anyway, as you start packing and preparing to return to your dorm, don’t leave these important items behind. The last thing you want is to start your new semester worrying about the school supplies you accidentally forgot. That’s just unnecessary stress.

1 – Your dirty laundry hamper

If you brought all of your dirty laundry home with you for mom and to deal with, don’t forget to bring your empty hamper back with you. It’s really hard to keep your dorm neat without somewhere to toss your dirty clothes; plus, you’ll need it to bring home all your laundry again over Easter.

2 – Those pesky electronic cords

Nobody wants to run out and blow all of their holiday money on a new cell phone charger…talk about a bad start to the New Year. So, make sure you have all of your computer, cell phone, and game system power cords before you leave.  And then double check.

3 - Delicious leftovers

If there’s anything left from your last family dinner bring it with you, or get mom to prepare a few casseroles and lasagnas that can be frozen and eaten later. Returning to the cafeteria after a month of eating at home may be a miserable endeavor.  The knowledge that you have a bit of mom’s cooking hidden in your dorm may be the pick-me-up you need.

4 – Coats, gloves, scarves, boots, etc.

If you didn’t already have all of your winter clothing in your dorm make sure you bring it back with you. It’s going to be a frigid winter and you don’t want to be caught without your hat and scarf on a windy day.

5 – Classroom essentials

Any pencils, pens, notebooks, folders, binders, bags, staplers, textbooks, or whatever it is you need for classes will definitely be useful this semester. Just don’t leave everything on your desk at home. Of course if you do forget something important you can always grab a replacement at your university bookstore.

6 – That thing you can’t live without

If you couldn’t even survive a few days without your Twilight collection, how are you going to endure an entire semester without it? So, don’t forget to toss whatever it is you’re addicted to in your bag as you pack up. Mom and Dad really aren’t going to want to bring your DVD collection of the Real Houswives of Whatever out to you; you’re supposed to be studying.

7 - Presents, presents, and more presents

All those lovely gifts you received over break, even the ones you didn’t want, should come back to school with you. Just think, you may actually find someone who adores that sweater your aunt gave you…or you could “accidentally” lose it. (I admit it. I’m a terrible person.)

8 – Money makes the world go round

Before you let the screen door slam behind you, see if your parents will extend their lovely, giving mood and spare some spending cash for the semester. Even if it all goes to textbooks, a little bit is better than nothing.

9 – New dorm decorations

Mix things up a bit and bring a few new decorations for you dorm. If you didn’t get anything from the holidays grab something from home or your favorite shop. A little something extra might be just what you need to make your dorm feel like home.

10 – One last hug

Start your new semester of fresh, and make sure you follow through on any decisions you made to be a better student. But before you head back to college, be sure to give mom and dad one last hug and thank them for all the gifts and food. You leaving for college is hard for them…even if it is the second time around.