It’s almost that time again! Although this year back to school, college
dorm / apartment life will seem quite different from years past, there are still
some basic necessities you will probably want to have on hand.
You’re certainly going to need an assortment of batteries. It’s a good
idea to make a list of all the sizes you know you will need but it’s also a
good idea to stock up on some of the other common sizes too;
AAA, AA, C, D & 9 volt. You never know what size battery
you may need. For instance smoke detectors and carbon monoxide
alarms often take 9 volt batteries where as battery operated lights,
remotes & video game controllers often take AA or AAA batteries.
#2 Flash Light
You never know when the power is gonna go out—or when you might need
a flash light! It comes in handy when digging in a drawer, trying to
find something in the back of a dark closet or looking for “monsters”
under the bed (just seeing if you were paying attention :). You can never
have too many flash lights as far as I’m concerned. I put them all over
the place; in the kitchen, bathroom, car, basement…
#3 Tool Kit
If you haven’t already started purchasing some basic tools, now is the time to do so! A basic set of tools like at flat head &/or Phillips head screwdriver, utility knife, hammer, small set of pliers, scissors and a tape measure will get you started. You can always add more pieces as you go; a set of multi-bit screwdrivers, a small level or maybe an adjustable wrench? The point is that a “basic” tool set is invaluable.
#5 Adhesive Strips
Just be sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions.
All campus photos were taken at
Temple University – Main Campus Philadelphia, PA.
There you have it; my 5 best “back to campus” buys.
Here are a few ideas that didn’t make the list but still come in handy:
1. Colored key covers – so you know which key goes to which lock.
2. Bed risers – that way the space under the bed can be used for storage.
3. Storage with wheels – any box, bin or cart with wheels is an improvement over one with out.
4. Fold up storage containers – that way you can fold it up and put it away when not in use.