Or, more accurately: The things I haul around in a rather abused suitcase and/or the back of a van.
Everyone knows you need to bring things like clothing and soap to college, but what about all twenty-six seasons of the original Doctor Who, a hair dryer, or your collection of potholders woven from human hair?* As I’m preparing for the next semester, I have a new stack of expensive textbooks, fresh notebooks, and my trusty hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy (by which I mean my ChemE binder). What else will come in particularly useful over the semester? Glad you asked.**
The first item is one that some people don’t think is worth the hassle but that I consider worthwhile to have: a printer. When you finish a problem set in your room at 2 am for a 9 am class, you don’t really want to leave the building or wake up early just to print. Because the one time you’re up against an absolute deadline for a project that’s worth half your grade, the computer will take three times as long to log in as usual, your document will be in an unrecognizable format, and then the printer will run out of ink. Not that anything like that has ever happened to me.
I also like having a minifridge in my room because one of the three drinks I consume regularly (water, milk, and juice) needs to be refrigerated. Though if you end up with two roommates in a room that was formerly a large single, you may want to forgo the minifridge in order to fit your bed all the way in the door. With both the fridge and the printer, it is worth noting that I get driven to and from Cornell for move in and move out so I don’t need to worry about storage and things like that.
Something that was unexpectedly useful (and also band-specific): my flip folder and lyre from pseudo-marching band during my freshman year of high school. I had a vague idea that I wanted to join the pep band in college, so I brought along my lyre, and as it turned out, now I use it on average two to three times a week.
Useful for entertainment factor: crayons. By the time I reached my second final this past semester, I was already tired of studying. Great sign, I know. So I decided to study for orgo in crayon (and then I gave in and made notecards for the different reactions).
*The answers are probably not, maybe, and absolutely not.