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Whether you’re the type who stresses about packing for three weeks before an overnight trip, or more of an “hour-before” type packer, assembling all of your stuff for college can be daunting. Here are a few things we want to make sure you don’t forget.

Blazers and sport coats are never inappropriate for an interview. Always have one on standby for student organization and internship opportunities.


No one likes a wrinkle-y shirt. Learn basic ironing technique so you don’t burn the building down.

Safety Pins
safety pins

Clothing’s equivalent of duct tape. PS – bring duct tape, too.

Sewing Kit
sewing kit
Things Fall Apart isn’t just a book you read in AP Lit. Don’t neglect your buttons by making them hang on by a thread.

Stain Stick
tide pen

Life is messy. Keep one of these in your backpack for when you drop Frito Pie on yourself in the DH.

Laundry Supplies
laundry stuff
Once you’ve gotten a how-to lesson from your parents, make sure you have detergent and dryer sheets. We also suggest all-in-one pods if you’re not as familiar with the laundering arts.

Shower Caddy
shower caddy
Keep all of your shower stuff together. Pretty straight forward.

Reusable Water Bottle
water bottle
Be sustainable. Stay hydrated. Go ‘Dins.

First Aid Kit
first aid
While the Infirmary is fully stocked, it’s always good to have band-aids, Neosporin, etc. on hand for the bumps and scrapes of freshman year.

Rain Gear

rainy day
Our campus is stunning, but grass this green needs a good dose of rain. Invest in some rain boots and an umbrella; you’ll certainly be glad you did.

Surge Protector

surge protector
With life becoming more-and-more techno-centric, you’ll definitely want more outlets to recharge.

Debit Card

The Trone Center at Furman has BB&T, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo ATM machines on campus. To avoid transaction fees, look into these banks or banks that do not have withdrawal fees!

Tool Kit

tool kit
This will be really helpful after you move in and are trying to assemble that bookshelf that an Ikea pro couldn’t even figure out.

Old costumes and tee-shirts

80s gear
You never know when you’re going to need that old 1980’s windbreaker or oversized cowboy hat.