The Container Store is still open; return your stupid storage boxes today!

If you’re anything like us, you’re spending hours researching and cross-referencing lists of things to take to school.  Living in the storage closets that are Columbia dorms presents its own special challenges, however, so we’ve compiled a list of the things we Bwog editors forgot when we came to school for the first time, as well as a few things that the more ambitious will take but never need.

The Forgotten:

  • Earplugs & eye shades.  You might think you’re a deep sleeper but nothing’s louder than your roommate’s frantic term paper typing at 3 a.m.
  • Shower slippers & caddy. Your dungeon-like bathroom will be shared by no fewer than four people. You’ll want to let as little as possible touch those grimy tiles.  While you’re at it, don’t forget the antibacterial hand soap to wash away all those germs you got taking a shower.
  • Trash can & trash bags. Some rooms come with them, but even if they do, you’re going to have more garbage than you know what to do with. Plastic bags from Westside will also suffice.
  • Disinfectant spray, paper towels, & mini-vac. New York is dusty and men are hairy.  You may have checked “neat” on the roommate preference form but remember that the slobs did, too.
  • Rain boots & umbrella. Manhattan is miserable in the rain.  Your sneakers don’t stand a chance.’
  • Ethernet cable, extension cords, & power strips. Seriously, no one thinks to bring an Ethernet cable.  Enterprising students have been known to traipse through freshmen dorms selling bookstore cables at a large markup. Bring one 50 feet or greater in length and you’ll be set for four years.
  • Packing tape, painter’s tape, Scotch tape, & duct tape. For boxes, posters, papers, and roommates, respectively.
  • Stapler, scissors, hole punch, ruler. Never ever lend your stapler out because you’ll never see it again.
  • Extra sheets, drying rack, & two hampers. You’ll be wanting to dry some things in your room instead of sacrificing them to Mac Gray.  In addition, keep an extra hamper (or basket) for bringing your clean laundry back to your room.  As for the sheets, someone will throw up on them one night right before you go to bed (we promise!) so it’s handy to have an extra set.
  • Electric kettle & weekend-sized suitcase. Ramen and tea will soothe the soul and the suitcase can be your weekend escape.  Or you’ll just be looking for a way to transport your books to Butler, a tried and true finals tactic.

The Unused:

  • Clock.  Trust your cell phone to give you a sense of time when you’ve lost your own.
  • Organizational goodies like hanging wire cubes, crates, and cubbies.  There’s no room in the tiny dorms we’re confined to for these. At most, you might find plastic under-bed boxes useful. Don’t get swallowed by the Container Store black hole.
  • Iron. C’mon, Mom. Either fold your laundry when it’s fresh out of the dryer or don’t wear things that wrinkle.  For those few occasions when you just have to put a crease in your pants, there’s always that one kid on your floor who has everything.
  • Robe. College life isn’t luxurious and everyone’s used to moderately naked people.  Hone your towel skills and maybe spend your money on a Slanket/Snuggie instead.