To pack or not to pack: unexpected items to bring to uni
Deciding what to take to uni can be tough – when it’s your first time living independently it’s hard to figure out what you actually need! For this post, I’ve put together a list of 6 items which have really made my day-to-day life as a student easier which you might not have thought to pack. These items are by no means essential so don’t spend money on them if you don’t already have them, but if you’ve already got them at home it’s definitely worth bringing them with you when you move to Warwick!
Whilst none of my housemates use ear plugs, I find that they really help me feel calm and get to sleep every night. Whether or not you’d benefit from ear plugs mostly depends on your sleeping pattern; if you’re someone who packs themselves off to bed with a peppermint tea at 9pm like me, it’s not always easy sharing accommodation with night owls so ear plugs would really help you get those much-needed zeds. I use soft silicone ones that you can mould to the shape of your ear which makes them really comfy!
Although on-campus accommodation is regularly cleaned, it doesn’t take long for kitchen floors to get messy, especially when 10+ people are sharing the space. If you just wear socks in the kitchen, there’s a good chance they’ll get irrecoverably dirty and you’ll bring dirt back into your room so even if you don’t have slippers/flip flops, I’d still recommend wearing shoes in the kitchen to avoid this.
The laundry rooms on campus have lots of tumble dryers but if you want to save money and protect your more delicate clothes, using a clothes horse is a great option to have. It’s not always ideal having one set up in your room in terms of space but I’ve found that air drying my clothes is less hassle overall. Plus, it makes your room smell like fresh laundry – win!
This one only really applies to you if you’re in halls with shared bathrooms. In the shared bathrooms that I’ve seen, there isn’t generally a lot of space to store your toiletries. In my first year, I used a bag for life to carry things like shampoo, towels, toothbrushes etc. to and from the bathroom in the mornings and at night. Using a bag made everything so much easier and having bathroom space in my second year house now feels like such a luxury!
Extra tea spoons and forks
Of all the kitchenware I’ve taken to uni, tea spoons and forks are definitely the most endangered species of cutlery. Not being able to find a fork to dig into your freshly microwaved ready meal with is not what you want to deal with after a long day so bringing spares would really make life easier. The original cutlery set that I brought with me is still going two years on – although numbers are rapidly in decline – which came with four of everything and has purple handles which has helped me keep track of what’s mine.
Reusable coffee cup/water bottle
Whilst buying drinks on the go is tempting, costs quickly add up! Making a hot drink at home and taking it to your classes in a thermal coffee cup can save you time and money, and taking an empty water bottle in your bag and filling it up on campus is a good way to help the environment and remind yourself to stay hydrated without making your bag heavier.
I hope this post helps give you some ideas of useful items to bring with you to make things a little easier once you get your new home!