BlogDH Explains Orientation: The Dos and Don’ts of Freshman Packing

We just want you to know that right now is the most exciting moment of your entire life! I mean, this is the type of thing you’d think in a million, billion years is never gonna to happen to you… and even when it does, you still can’t believe it: you’re at orientation. At college, at Brown University. Freshmen, meet BlogDailyHerald. We’ll explain it all.

We all move into our freshman year differently. Maybe you’ve been coordinating a color palate with your roommate, and maybe this is the first time you heard about move-in day. Either way, you probably have some questions. Yeah, there are obviously the essentials — deodorant, socks, and that obligatory college poster — but BlogDH is here to help with those finer details of packing. We hit you with some ideas last year, but after another year of college living, and several more “I wish I hadn’t packed my rice cooker”s, we’ve amended the list so that you’ll never be without your fracket.

Do: Bring Tide to Go. BBQ sauce, beer, blood—you will encounter all of these stains your first semester (maybe even all at once!). You’ll want this to erase what denial and untagging photos on Facebook can’t.

Don’t: Bring cooking supplies. First, I will steal them from you, because I’m still damn bitter you guys get the shiny new kitchens. Second, unless you really, really want to cook, there’s no way you’re going to be making anything practical or worthwhile while in the dorms. Let’s face it—they’re going to be broken in (emphasis on broken) via the drank in your red solo cups.

Do: Bring blue painter’s tape. Duct tape is great for your everyday needs—securing a power strip to the wall, making a wizard’s staff, emergency waxing, etc. But unless you want to be scraping residue off the walls at the end of the year, bring some rolls of blue for putting up your photos and posters. Plus it still makes a pretty good wizard staff.

Don’t: Bring too many clothes. Cap off sweaters at three, because you’ll cycle through the same circuit of three (unless you shrank some, like I did). And you won’t need all the t-shirts you had amassed from high school: They’re still ugly, and you won’t be working out nearly as much as you think you will be. Besides, haven’t we told you that there are free t-shirts everywhere?

Do: Bring more socks than you think. Fact: socks are a quantum mechanical mystery because they can slip into parallel universes without you noticing. So bring more to stock up, because socks will determine how often you do your laundry (underwear comes in as a close second, but hopefully you’re not losing those too often).

Do: Amazon student. It’s free two-day shipping for six months, as long as you have an .edu email. Yeah, you’ll need it to buy textbooks online, but really it’s so you can get that emergency sexy underwear for SPG faster.

Don’t: Set it to one-click purchasing. Because stress shopping is a thing, and because you really don’t need your 22nd pair of cranberry red shorts or another set of novelty shot glasses. Just steal some. Welcome to college.

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