The list author says: "I lived in the dorm for 4 years. At first I brought way too much, but by the end I had a very comfortable setup. So, I took an inventory of what I had, but since the list is limited to 40, some things are missing. I left the stuff you won't be forced to get or won't be given for free! Decor, books, personal accessories(you can pick your own belt, watch, and shoes) and your prophylactics (even at religious schools these are usually available at no cost) are the only things missing! Good luck gentleman, may you have as much fun as I, but remember first semester is most important for your GPA!"
"Best brand of backpacks, BY FAR. I have had this model 3 and a half years. I am BRUTAL on it, and it still looks NEW! It has an insulated pocket that can easily fit a lunch. A zippered organizer pocket for Ipod touch, cell phone, pens, and a zip pocket. Padded for laptop. Side mesh pockets capable of holding Nalgene bottles. The perfect backpack!"
"Asus seems to make a very good all-around notebook. Other laptops to consider would be the Dell Inspiron 15Z Ultrabook; Asus N76 (might be a little heavy); Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition. DO NOT get a HP, everyone I know that has one says they have overheating and fan problems."
"I say, get at least 3 different alarm clocks. WHAT HAPPENS: 1. You won't hear it. 2. You set it near your bed and learn to shut it off in your sleep, or worse break it. 3. You set it wrong. Not likely you will do all three of those!"
"Best shampoo and conditioner I have ever tried. A little more expensive, but the liters will easily last the whole school year. Sally's Beauty Supply sells a decent knockoff for about $15 a bottle. But, you can usually find a set of the real stuff for about $36."
"Best notebook EVER. I keep one for MWF classes, and one for TH classes. It has an interlocking flexible 3 ring system so you don't have to worry about smashing the rings like a regular binder. I can usually find them at an office supply store for less than $15."
"You will need to clean your shower or that stubborn carpet stain. Assuming you have a personal bathroom. I always lived in an upperclassmen dorm, so I don't know what its like to live with a community shower. If that is the case, add a robe and shower shoes to this list! Any scrub brush will do, this was just the first I found on Amazon."
"This is great for cleansing the face and occasionally the scalp. It is available at many home retailers for less than $4. Trust me, with all that unhealthy food served in the cafeteria you are going to need to take better care of your skin!"
"Campus life requires a LOT of walking. No matter how fit you are or how much walking you do, during your time on campus you are going to develop something called a friction rash. On that day, you will thank me for the warning!"
"Multivitamin is a must, daily! That cafeteria food is seriously lacking in any quality nutrient content. Chances are it is Sodexo fried everything! Just wait until you have been eating it about 3-4 months and you notice everything tastes the same! Freshman 15 does not come from overeating, it comes from the high calorie "food" served and choosing to sleep in rather than hit the gym."