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Items I’m Glad I Brought to University

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Packing for university two years ago was an exercise in compact travel. Although I definitely brought many items that I did not need, I had to think carefully about whether many items I planned on taking were necessities. Some of the items in the following blog nearly did not make it into my packing, but I was very glad they did. Two years on, I am still bringing these to my final year at uni!

Eye mask

Although university accommodations generally have pretty decent curtains, you can never guarantee just how light blocking they’re going to be. I’m someone who believes that sleep is the key to a positive student experience – I’m not joking! Sleep is so important to maintaining physical and mental health, and getting into a good sleep routine once you’ve started uni is crucial to staying happy and healthy. Thus, my eye mask was an absolutely key item to bring with me! I like complete darkness while I sleep, which the mask helped to provide. I particularly recommend a satin eye mask – apparently, it’s better for your skin! Pair this with some earplugs, and you’ll have the best sleep going in your accommodation block.

Cheese grater

If you’re not a fan of cheese in any form, skip this item. If, like me, you love a bit of cheese on top of your meals – be it pizza, pasta, potatoes, fajitas, you name it – this is potentially the most important thing to bring to university. When I purchased a sturdy cheese grater from IKEA, I hardly imagined I’d be using it most nights. Sure, you might question if that much cheese is the healthiest option. But if university is the first time you’ll be cooking for yourself 100% of the time, a bit of grated cheese is just what you’ll need to give your slightly disappointing meals a boost. Every time I rushed back to my accommodations to grab something quick before I needed to leave again, and found only a potato or dried pasta in my cupboard, I was eternally grateful to my grater (plus cheese) to add some variation to, what otherwise would have been, a very dull meal.

Clothes horse (or airer)

Whether you call it an airer or a horse, there is no denying that this item will provide you the best value for money, considering how much you’ll use it. I recommend not purchasing the cheapest one you can find – make sure it’s one that looks at least decently sturdy, so you only have to fork out once over the course of your degree. I’m someone who refused to pay for the tumble dryer in halls, and now has moved into an off-campus property with no dryer. My connection with my clothes horse has become the most reliable relationship I’ve ever had, as I used (and still use) it week in, week out. It does what it says on the tin: it airs your clothes. Just make sure you open a few windows so your room doesn’t become damp.

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