- Clothes, obviously you need these. Don't bring your entire wardrobe though because halls bedrooms are tiny. Only bring clothes for the season because you'll be going home for Christmas break soon enough. Bring two warm coats so you don't feel like you're always wearing the same one. Ditto goes for practical shoes (ankle wellies have been my saviour this year).
- Leave the sewing kit, door stop and bathroom tidy in Wilkos. Make sure to pack a first aid kit though. Plasters are useful for obvious reasons and I used the pins in mine for modifying a pub crawl t-shirt.
- A few photos, but not too many. Everything's on facebook these days there's no need to cart photos around. Also there will be poster fairs within the first month so don't stress about finding your wall art over the summer.
- Do not buy all the kitchen gear you can find. You don't need a colander or a baking dish. You won't use these things and by buying them you're just kidding yourself. Be brutally honest and buy one frying pan, one large saucepan, some tupperware (for saving leftovers) and a baking tray (for all the frozen food you'll be eating). Buy disposable cups too for prinking sessions because it saves a whole lot of washing up the next morning.
- Bring two sets of sheets so you're never pushed to do laundry. Laundry facilities are expensive and you're best off saving up as much washing as you can. A blanket and a warm dressing gown will be very useful as halls' heating arrangements are famous for being timed and dodgy. The best type of dressing gown is one which goes past your knees; you won't be sexy but you'll sure as hell be warm. Don't bother with the decorative cushion on your bed either - it will just get in the way.
- Something you've probably not thought of is a radiator dolly. You can't put clothes directly on halls radiators because it's bad for the paint and it will block the small amount of heat that come out of them. Avoid getting a clothes horse because it will take up valuable space. A lot of clothes aren't dryer friendly (you'll find out for yourself when your favourite pants are ripped apart by dryer cruelty) so I used to let anything delicate dry in my bedroom.
- Hangover supplies are a must. Don't wait until you have freshers' flu to venture to the shop for painkillers, Fanta and crisps. You need to have all these things in abundance and you'll also want to keep your money for the sesh. Let mummy buy the Panadol. Building on this, it's a good idea to have cough syrup and TCP too for when you're legitimately ill.
Remember that wherever you're going will have shops so you don't need to pack everything 'just in case'. You'll get by on a lot less than you think. The only area I would advise you to go a bit mental is the parental food shop. Buy the family pack of cereal and the bumper pack of laundry gel. Food is so much more expensive than you think it is and it's no lie that you will be saying goodbye to simple things like ham sandwiches and chicken breast fillets until you go home for Christmas.
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