If you’re anything like us you’re probably really bad at packing. Every time we go on holiday we either end up with a car literally full to bursting with stuff that never actually gets used, or a pencil case sized backpack with two clean pairs of pants, an out of date credit card and three unmatching socks. But fear not! We’re here with our hard-won expertise to help you decide what’s a must-have and what you can safely leave at home.
Bear in mind that if you want to minimise on luggage you can order things like bedding packs, kitchen packs and crockery to be delivered right to your room for when you arrive. Just pop over to shop.hull.ac.uk.
You’ll need a duvet, duvet cover, pillow, pillowcases and a sheet as a minimum. You’ll be able to wash and dry your bedding pretty sharpish if you’re in halls, so no need to bring two sets – though as we type this in the middle of the hottest summer in the history of the universe that might actually not look like such a bad idea. It’s probably raining by the time you read this though, so stick to one.
Bath, hand and teatowels. Again washing them will be no problem, but we always think that a spare tea towel or two is a good idea. If you’re planning on doing a lot of sport then an extra towel for the gym or pool might be sensible too.
You probably know better than we do what you’ll need in the kitchen, but as a rough guide you’re pretty likely to need crockery (plate, bowl and mug), cutlery (knife, fork and spoon should be the minimum, though if you think you’re going to need special little knives and forks for your starters then we’ll not argue. And a sharp knife for chopping is always handy), a couple of pans (a saucepan and a frying pan are a good start) and maybe a couple of glasses. You might also need things like a colander, a sieve, a grater, a mixing bowl and about a million other things, but you can always chat to your new flatmates when you get here and buy these things between you. We do have shops in Hull!
Or desktop, or tablet, or whatever digital device you’re planning on using to work on. Make sure you remember your charger and any other cables you need!
If you already have any course related books then you’ll definitely want to be bringing those along to fill your shelves with. We’d suggest leaving your favourite Mills and Boon or Stephen Kings at home though – there are plenty of places to buy or borrow books once you get here, and they’re a pain to transport.
This will be a godsend! Bring a decent quality 4-way extension and you’ll have no problem plugging in your phone, tablet, Kindle, laptop, lamp, hairdryer, straighteners, PlayStation and speakers all at the same time. *Counts on fingers* Ok maybe not ALL at once, but you can see why it might be useful. Also if you’re coming from overseas then an extension means you’ll only need one UK adaptor to plug in 4 of your devices. This is a useful travel tip if you’re going abroad too!
Toiletries and Medicines
Any essential medicines should be registered with the medical office, but it’s always a good idea to have a supply of Paracetamol and Ibuprofen just in case. You’ll also need toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shower gel and shampoo as a minimum, and if you have a particular favourite brand of conditioner or moisturiser it might be worth bringing some of that too until you figure out where to get it locally.
Personal Items and Decoration
Lovely though our rooms are, they can seem a little bit featureless when you first move in, so you’ll want to add a little bit of your own personality. Here in the office we’re a big fan of photographs of our beautiful cats, but you might want to bring some photos of friends and family back home, posters of your favourite bands or films or even some of your own artwork.
So you can hang stuff up. And not just coats! Apparently the floordrobe is NOT the best way to store your clothes. Who knew? If you forget these then there’s at least one shop down Newland Avenue where you can buy clothes hangers, so all is not lost.
Again, it may seem tempting just to pile up your washing on the floor until it starts to crawl around of its own accord, but you’ll find it extremely tricky making the dash to the laundry in the pouring rain carrying an amorphous stack of dirty underwear. Even worse, you might experience the dreaded ‘wayward pant’, where you drop an item of underwear on the way to the laundry and don’t notice it until the way back, at which point you bend down to pick it up from the filthy puddle it’s landed in and inevitably drop the rest of your now spotless washing into the same puddle. No, we definitely think you’re best off with a washing basket.