27 Things to Bring to College!

One month and 14 days until move-in day! Are you excited? Are you worried about what to bring with you to Ohio State? Here are some things I suggest:

I. Seasonal Attire

1. Umbrella

2. Rain jacket

3. Rain boots

You might have heard the rumor…and the rumor is true. It rains a lot here in Ohio. So make sure you have proper rain gear with you to stay dry and stylish in the rain!


4. Coat

5. Snow boots

6. Scarf

7. Gloves

8. Hat

Ohio weather can be brutal in winter and it lasts for a couple of months. It’s essential to bring clothes and accessories that will keep you warm and comfortable.


II. Special Event Clothing

9. Professional attire

If you are looking for a job or internship, you’ll probably want to go to a career fair to check out all the companies and available positions. Make sure you dress to impress!

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10. Buckeye attire (football jersey)

Even if you’re not a football fan, you may want to join the rest of campus and wear scarlet and gray while cheering for the Buckeyes. It’s a great opportunity to feel the Ohio State spirit!


III. Study/School Supplies

11. Planner

College students are often busy and have many responsibilities. A planner may help you keep track of your schedule.

12. Folders

You may accumulate papers from your classes once school starts. Consider bringing a couple folders to help keep your things organized.

13. Desk lamp

One challenge new Buckeyes face is learning to share living space with a roommate. A desk lamp can help, especially if you and your roommates have different sleep or study schedules.

14. Laptop

Although there are computers available in libraries, you may want to do some work or watch a movie while you are in your room. A laptop or a tablet allows for more mobility and freedom.

IV. Residence Hall Living

15. Alarm clock

Bring an alarm clock to wake you up in the morning and make sure you go to class on time.

16. Laundry basket

Each residence hall will have a laundry room (typically found in the basement). Here’s a tip: try to avoid doing laundry on Sunday nights because it gets really crowded!


17. Bedding

Don’t wait until the last minute to get bedding! (And don’t forget those extra-long sheets!)


18. Flip-flops

19. Robe

Some of you may live in a residence hall with a bathroom shared by the residents of your floor. Here, flip-flops and robes can come in handy!

20. Power strip

In our modern world, technology surrounds us. A power strip makes sure that you always have a place in your room to charge all of your electronics and mobile devices.

21. Space savers

Most of the residence hall rooms are fairly small and don’t have a luxurious amount of storage space. Consider bringing some space savers with you to make the most of your closet space!


V. Emergency:

22. First aid kit

Headaches, cuts and bruises happen. Be proactive and make yourself a first aid kit to be ready for those minor ailments or accidents!


VI. Everyday:

23. Workout gear

You may hear the phrase “Life in Motion” from the RPAC challenges during orientation. There are a lot of amazing recreational facilities on campus, so get ready to put on your workout gear and stay fit!


24. Water bottle

Ohio State is scarlet, gray & green! Bring a water bottle with you to refill at a water fountain and help eliminate waste!

25. Campus map

Ohio State’s campus is huge. It’s totally normal to get lost during your first week! There will be volunteers in red booths across campus to help give directions. You can also keep a copy of campus map with you or access a map from any of your mobile devices.

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26. Travel coffee mug

Campus cafés encourage students to bring their own coffee mugs. They even offer a discounted price if you choose to fill your reusable mug!

27. An open heart

Welcome to Ohio State! You might feel a little bit nervous, excited or awkward; it’s totally normal. Come with an open heart, you will make a lot of friends and some incredible memories.



Be sure to check in on Friday, July 11 when Michelle shares 29 Bits of Wisdom to Get You Through Your First Year.