Every young adult’s first taste of real independence is when they finally step in college.
Most of the time, the first year is spent in a dorm. As time passes by, it’s easier to move off-campus. But moving out is one of the toughest choices.
To make it less stress-free, here are things you should bring along when you’re moving into your first college apartment. Plus, here are tips you should know before moving out.
How to Know What to Bring
Measure the apartment if you aren’t renting a furnished one. You have to bring your own furniture and appliance to fill out. Measuring helps you know whether you can fit basics like a couch, a bed, and some appliances.
It’s also easier for you to map out what the apartment will look like for convenience. This will make moving in faster and easier as you know where to put the heavy and big stuff.
That said, here are the essentials you will need to pack when moving into the apartment:
Most apartments have at least a desk, a drawer, and a bed. But you need to make sure they do have these before moving in.
If not, these are the absolute most essential stuff you have to move into the apartment. There are beds you can assemble on the site so don’t worry about trying to fit it into doors.
Besides these, here’s a checklist of what you should bring:
- Beddings – at least 2 sets of bed sheet, pillows, blankets, comforters, and mattress pads
- Boxes for storage solutions
The living room should be comfortable. Having couches and chairs is good. A coffee table is great if you want to study there.
Entertainment is a must or else you’ll be extremely bored on days you can chill. Bring a TV. If you can, a game console is great too. A wireless router, cards, and board games can also help when you have friends over.
Other than that, a bookshelf will be a good addition for your books.
Save money by cooking your own food. Most apartments at least have a stove. But you can add other appliance like blenders, microwaves, toasters, and coffee machines. These do come in handy when you don’t have enough time to cook properly.
You may also need a fridge. Even a small one would be enough.
Here are other kitchen essentials:
- Pots and pans – at least have one small and one big-sized ones of each
- Plates, silverwares, bowls, mugs, and glasses
- Can and bottle openers
- Kitchen knives and cutting board
- Dish soap and sponges
- Trash cans and bags
Make sure you have every basic essentials you need for personal hygiene. You also need at least two towels, a hair dryer, some storage solutions, and laundry basket.
Most importantly, have a first-aid kit ready at all times.
You’re likely sharing the apartment with a close friend or a relative. It’s essential that you talk about who can bring what when it comes to stuff you can share such as the appliances. But basically, everything listed above should be brought in or bought after you move into your first college apartment.