The Forgotten Items Of University Checklists

By Sophie R - August 22, 2018

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As much as we don't want to think about it, it's that back-to-school season once again. And this year I want to try writing more posts inclined at those going to or back to university this year. So if there is anything you would like to see just let me know; I plan a few days to a week in advance so there's still time.



To start everything off I thought I would go with a list kind of post. I haven't written a list post in ages so it's kind of going old school on this blog post.

If anyone is like me, then I'm sure you've scoured the internet trying to find checklists of things to pack for when you move out to university next month. You don't want to miss anything but there is always that niggling sensation at the back of your mind that you've forgotten something. So I'm here today to give you a few more items that you might have not thought of but I found extremely helpful during my first year living away from home.


  1. Radiator dryer or Clotheshorse.
    I can't remember if this was something on checklists I looked at last year or not, but it was definitely something I didn't have with me when I first set off the university. I had to get my Mum to bring me one when she visited me since there's no Wilkos in the town near my uni. But this was legit a life saver. You don't think about till you get to uni, but you really don't have any way to dry all your clothes or even your bedding. Your bathroom might come with a washing line but it's not very long. The great thing about clothes horses as well that they can fold up and be stored under your bed when you don't need them.
  2. Sewing Kit.
    This is something I'm sure some of us will think about but I'm sure there are many out there that don't. Living on a student budget you don't want to be buying new clothes every other week when you get a small tear in a pair of trousers, so having a needle and thread on you will be handy.
  3. Anti-bacterial wipes.
    I didn't think about these until my Mum suggested I take some, and I have to say they became helpful more times than not. From wiping down the surfaces when you move it, to use them to clean and dust throughout the year when you're feeling lazy, I'd definitely suggest taking some.
  4. Shopping bags.
    For those weekly shops for food that before your parents have done. Plus they can be pretty handy when moving into university as well.
  5. Washing powder or tablet.
    I feel like this might not be really a forgotten item but I didn't think about it till after I got to university. Looking at if there are any deals around might be a good idea because these can be pretty expensive, so try picking them up before you actually need to use them. But also check which you university washing machines use.

This isn't the longest of lists, but these are the things I had forgotten about when I moved into university last year.

If you have any other things that you find people forget I love to know.

- Sophie

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14 comments

  1. I actually love this post! It's so important for freshers x

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  2. One of my housemates let slip early on that she's pretty good when it comes to sewing and such. A year on, after making many dresses that little bit shorter and fixing holes in jeans, I think she'd much rather we'd just brought a sewing kit! This is a super useful post for freshers.
    Megan // https://www.pixieskiesblog.wordpress.com

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    1. I hope some of them find it helpful

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  3. I'm applying for university next month so in the hopes that I do get a place, I'm loving reading posts like this. They are making me so excited!
    Aleeha xXx
    https://www.halesaaw.co.uk/

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    1. I'm glad they have that effect! And good luck with your applications!

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  4. These are definitely some important items to think about brings and ones that probably wouldn't have crossed my mind until I got there and needed them! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. It has been a couple of years since I graduated but these items to bring along with you is on point! A lot of markets are now banning plastic bags so we have to bring our own reusable bags (it's also good for the environment). Oooh! I never thought about anti-bacterial wipes! My friend loves bringing them on flights as well - smart thinking! Thanks for sharing these tips!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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    1. Love anything that's good for the environment! You're welcome

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  6. Such a useful post for new students! Luckily when I first moved to university two years ago I remembered to bring these items but I know plenty of people that didn't haha. Great post xx

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  7. Definitely vouching for the shopping bags!!! I could spend any amount of money on shopping but it kills me to spend an extra 40-70c on a shopping bag!!

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