Starting your freshman year of college can be quite intimidating; not only are you beginning a new school, you are faced with the task of making new friends while also taking much harder classes. While preparing for your upcoming college journey may be a little worrisome, figuring out what to pack for your first year shouldn’t have to be — that’s why I’ve compiled some of the top college essentials to be sure to pack before move-in day rolls around:


Rain Gear: Walking to class in the rain is definitely not fun, so you’ll want to be prepared for those soggy days with a host of waterproof gear. Guys and girls alike should find waterproof shoes like Hunter’s rain boots, L.L. Bean’s Bean Boots or Sperry Top Siders to get you through the puddles around campus in style. It’s also important to have weatherproof jackets for both the rain and snow. This means that the jacket is not only waterproof, it is also able to shield you from high winds. Companies like The North Face, Patagonia and L.L. Bean all offer a variety of weatherproof outerwear options that will fit your needs — and style.


Sneakers: Whether you plan on frequently visiting the new RecPlex or just running to class, having a variety of comfortable and fashionable sneakers is a must. For athletic sneakers, guys and girls of the class of 2020 should stick to the classics like Nike, Reebok and Adidas, which are sure to provide both comfort and bold style. But for going to class or even hanging out with your friends on the weekends, try a casual slip-on sneaker. Brands like Vans and Steve Madden offer cool styles in a variety of patterns and textures, with some in leather, canvas or even faux calf hair.


Dress Clothes: From the Presidential Ball to class presentations to interviews, it is absolutely necessary to have an assortment of dress clothes at the ready in your wardrobe. Guys should come with collared shirts, ties, blazers, dress shoes and dress pants in a variety of colors. The men of the class of 2020 should also have a full suit with them just in case a more formal event arises. Ladies should bring blouses, pencil skirts, dress pants, dressy shoes, blazers and dresses for all occasions — and don’t forget to bring some statement jewelry and a purse or two.


Preparing for your first year of college can be a bit stressful, but hopefully this list will erase some of the stress of packing from your mind. If you need a few more hints on what to pack for your freshman year, visit the Residence Life section on Fairfield’s website. Remember — while making sure to bring some great outfits is important, it’s even more important to come to Fairfield with an open mind and a willingness to experience all that the school has to offer.

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