What the Packing List Left Out - moving to Indiana University

As the countdown to move-in day winds closer to single digits, empty boxes are going to need to be filled for your new home on campus. You’ve got your extra-long twin sheets, enough highlighers to last until graduation, and bulletin boards ready to be covered in first-year memories. However, there are a few essential items you might not have thought to bring, but are arguably more important than the year-supply of Ramen noodles and peanut butter you packed.

Water Bottle

August in Indiana is hot, humid, and ready to wear you down as you trek all over campus looking for your new classes. Buying a trendy Smart Water everyday will quickly eat away at your meal points, and you'll soon notice it's only lowerclassmen not carrying reusably bottles. Save the inevitable first-week errand and buy a water bottle now.


While guys can utilize the convenience of pockets, girls are forced to walk around campus with either just a wallet, or an inconvenient purse. For those trips to the foodcourt or laundry room (and everywhere else), get a wristlet that can carry IDs, some cash and your phone.

Air Refreshers

No matter how clean you are, at some point, your dorm room will smell like Doritos and dirty socks. While a good mop-down is ideal, having a can of Febreeze on-hand comes in handy for the first surprise visit from your parents.

Interim Outfit

Sharing a bathroom with a floor of freshmen, co-ed or not, presents a few challenges. It's not OK to walk arouond in your birthday suit so make sure you bring an interim outfit to wear from the bathroom to your room. Robes, wrap-arounds and shower shoes make the hike down the hall less-embarrassing for everyone.

About The Author
Lauren McConnellClas of 2013 - English Major and Arts Management Certificate

I'm a student at Indiana University and am very involved on campus! I work as a copy-editor and reporter for the Indiana Daily Student and am an editor for Arbutus. I also have a press relations internship with IU Liberian Collections and am a committee chair for Independent Council, an organization for women interested in philanthropy in a social atmosphere. With all these experiences, I can't imagine spending my college years anywhere but Indiana!