Vinegar: To clean out your coffee maker (and almost anything else)
Tupperware and Ziplock bags: So you can get a little extra food at the dining hall for when you’re ravenously hungry after the dining hall is closed but too poor to order pizza
A regular mug: Sure you’re going to need travel mugs, but don’t forget a nice oversize mug for when you’re studying in your room and just need a LOT of coffee (doubles as a bowl for chicken noodle soup when you’re sick)
Thermometer: You can get them for like $2, and that way you can skip an unnecessary trip to the health center to be told that “it’s just a virus”
A list of medications and doses you take: For that time that you run out and have to go to the urgent care place so they can write you a script to hold you over until you can get one from your regular doctor
Insurance card: SO YOU CAN GET YOUR FLU SHOT (Please get a flu shot)
Business Attire: It could be the difference between getting a B+ or an A on a presentation
Fancy clothes: You will inevitably go to a semi formal or fancy dinner with your organization/club/major/sorority/fraternity
An Extra Laptop Charger: If you have a PC, it’s like $10, Mac’s are more, but it is so nice to have one charger that sits at your desk, and another that goes wherever you and your laptop go.
Extra Earbuds: You will lose them and have to buy a pair of crappy ones from the library vending machine (and proceed to NEVER lose the crappy ones)
Extra Phone Charger: same deal as the laptop charger, doesn’t cost that much, but makes life easier when your credit card got stolen and your phone is about to die
Generic Magic Eraser: I’m a fan of the dollar store variety, but seriously the easiest way to avoid getting fines when you move out of your dorm, they literally clean any and everything
Reusable Grocery Bags: stronger than your average plastic bag, and folds (er…crumbles up) nicely and can hold all your important treasures wherever you go, especially for trips to and from home
Calculator: Check what math class(es) you’re going to need to take, most likely you’ll need your handy-dandy TI-84 calculator that carried you through High school.
Water Bottle with a Filter: I’m not usually picky about my water, but the water that came from my dorm was just gross; Switching to a Brita bottle was worth it.
Inclement Weather Wear: Umbrella, Rain coat, Rain boots, Snow boots, Scarves, Gloves, Hats. You walk a lot and will need to be prepared for whatever mother nature throws at you
Peanut Butter: For when you have no other food and are too lazy to leave your room (hey, no judgement, it happens)
Gatorade Powder: For that time when you come down with the flu BECAUSE YOU DIDN’T GET A FLU SHOT, it will help replace your electrolytes.
Alarm Clock(s): not just any alarm clock, you need something that will wake you up without fail so that you don’t end up being that person running across the quad in bare feet to your final exam (it’s not just the movies, it is real life). I am presently woken up by this bad boy: Sonic Bomb Alarm Clock
Office Supplies: I feel like there are a lot of things you forget to bring – a 3-hole punch, a stapler, paperclips, scissors etc. If you’re in doubt about an office supply, just bring it, you never know when you might need a brad or a flower shaped paper clip.
Slippers: So that you don’t have to put on a whole pair of shoes just so you can go to the vending machine down the hall (or in my case to the class you have in the building next door.
Any other suggestions?