Do bring that old stuffed animal or baby blanket you still sleep with.
Everyone has one. Don't be ashamed. Say it loud and proud! I have both. A tiny blanket with a faded Care Bear pattern on it that I named, “Blue Blanky” at a young age, and a monkey Build-A-Bear with skater clothes named Zack - after Zack Martin from The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, of course. Don't pretend you don't have these. We all do.
Don't bring clothes you won't wear.
When I moved out of my mom's house, I took all of my clothes with me. When I moved back into my mom's house, I threw a lot of clothes away. Well, I donated them - I'm not an animal! I ended up filling four 30 gallon garbage bags with clothes I never wear.
Do bring some sweet 90’s boy band posters.
Not really, but bring some decoration to personalize your bedroom. This year, I didn't decorate until about January, and when I did, I thought it would be a good idea to hang heavy picture frames with wall putty right above the side of my bed where my head sits. One night, the wall putty fell apart and the corner of a wooden frame hit my eye at 2:00 in the morning. I guess what I'm saying is, bring decorations, but bring practical decorations.
Don't bring white pillowcases, or towels, or sheets.
You will get mascara all over them. I learned this the hard way. I have a white pillowcase that says, “The coolest kid in town” written on the front and after a day or two it had makeup splotches all over it. I could take my makeup off before I sleep. That would solve the issue with both my pillowcase and my chronic acne, or I could just buy darker pillow cases. That seems easier. (Guys, maybe you don’t have the mascara problem, but why not stick to darker pillow cases - less laundry to do right?)
Do bring a sense of humor
Things don't always go as planned, so it's good to bring a sense of humor and turn those moments into memories. One of my favorites from this year was when one of our toilets wouldn't stop flushing. It doesn't seem like it would be an awesome memory, but it was honestly so fun to run around the apartment with my roommates trying to fix this problem. Now, we often laugh about the time our toilet randomly started flushing.
Do bring a journal.
My journal was something I consistently relied on this past year. Journaling your prayers is a not only a good way to figure out how you're feeling, but it's also good way to keep track of spiritual growth. This year I went through four journals. Does that make me seem really spiritual, or just long-winded?
Follow these Do's and Don'ts when you are figuring out what to bring to EC so that packing, and your first few months away from home will be a breeze!
2nd Year Student