It’s the little things that matter

Illustration by Brandy Pickering

Paperclips, Band-Aids, coffee mug, salt and pepper shakers. What do all these things have in common? At first glance, probably nothing, but they are all the little things you need to bring when transferring but are most likely going to forget.

As if the transferring process wasn’t excruciating and meticulous enough, it pretty much doesn’t end till you’re done unpacking that last box on moving day.

It’s easy to remember all the basics like clothes, a computer and bedding, but what about all the other items that probably never crossed your mind? They are the things that seem so trivial but once you’re without them, you feel incomplete.

The upside, though, is that you can pretty much break up everything you need into four categories: Wardrobe, room, cleanliness and school.


Of course you’re going to remember to bring your clothes, but make sure you remember all the different types of clothing you’ll need for all seasons (or just in one day if you’re staying in Washington).

▪Lazy/comfort clothes and shoes: Used for either going to class or working out. Slippers are also a must for hanging around the house.

▪Dressy outfits: For if you are invited to a formal event.

▪Winter wear: Different types of coats, from a heavy winter one to a light jacket.


Also mittens, hats and scarves.

▪Rainwear: Rain jacket, rain boots and an umbrella.

▪Swimwear: Swimsuit, beach towels and sunscreen.


You will already have a bed, dresser and desk, but do you have all the things you’ll need to put in them?

▪Bedding: Pillows, comforter, sheets, blankets.

▪Closet: Clothing hangers, shoe rack, mirror and jewelry organizer.

▪Food: Small refrigerator/microwave, Tupperware, coffee mug, drinking cups, silverware, salt and pepper, napkins and plates.

▪Decorations: Posters, pictures and decals. This includes poster putty and tacks.

▪Electronics: Batteries, Computer, camera, headphones, MP3 player, TV/DVD player, radio and alarm clock.

▪Sewing kit: Scissors and safety pins.


Don’t forget the things that will keep you and your room fresh all day.

▪Bathroom: Bathrobe, towels/face towels, soap, tissues, toilet paper, razors and a bag to carry it all in.

▪Hair care: Conditioner, shampoo, blow dryer and straightener.

▪Aid: Band-Aids, medicine/aspirin, Neosporin and a first-aid kit.

▪Clothes: Laundry detergent and a laundry basket.


All the little things necessary to get the best grades possible!

▪Memory: USB drives and CDs.

▪Organization: Folders, binders and planner.

▪Writing utensils: Pens, pencils, highlighters and sharpies.

▪Class: Backpack, calculator, dictionary and thesaurus.

There are a ton of random things that can make your move a little less stressful if you remember them. Whether you’re transferring or just moving to a new location, don’t forget all the little things that really do matter.