10 Smart Things to Bring to Campus for a Semester Defined by Coronavirus
Masks and Clorox wipes, yes, but we have a few other important, and surprising, tips
Move-in starts Saturday, August 15, and this year’s packing list will no doubt differ from years past. Most important: it’s recommended you pack lighter. But in addition to the beds-in-a-bag and shower shoes, there are some must-have items, given the coronavirus pandemic and the necessary precautions that are now in effect on BU’s campus.
The folks over at the Dean of Students office shared their list of essentials, and BU Today added a few more items. Remember, pack light to make Move-in easier. And have a suggestion for something we didn’t include? Leave it in the Comment section below to help your fellow Terriers.
This is a no-brainer, as BU has stated that face masks must be worn at all times while on campus. Be sure to pack disposable or cloth masks that fit snugly against your face and fasten with ties or ear loops—a new study found that the popular neck gaiter style may actually be worse than not wearing a mask at all, as it breaks down airborne particles.
Not only can you use the mild dish soap to clean your utensils (expect to be eating in your room more than normal), but since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends washing your face mask regularly, you can do just that with mild dish soap.
Although the University has announced vigorous cleaning protocols, it’s still a good idea to use antiseptic wipes to clean high-touch surfaces, such as doorknobs, desks, light switches, laptops, phones, etc.
You’ll be required to check and monitor your own symptoms for possible infection every day, so having a thermometer on hand to take your temperature is smart. Even the mildest symptom you might otherwise ignore is now cause for concern.
Since you’ll be sticking close to home, taking some remote classes, and will probably be on Zoom a lot, make your space as comfortable as possible. Think backrest pillows, floor pillows, and chair cushions.
Along the same lines, whether you have a roommate or not, you will want good noise-canceling headphones, not just earbuds, to block out noise, concentrate better, and make remote learning easier.
This is important. With words like “quarantine” and “isolation” being used a lot right now, understand that it’s a real possibility. And just be ready. Pack a small quarantine bag, with travel-size toiletries, comfortable pajamas and loungewear, medications, chargers, and anything else you think you’ll need for a few days of staying put. It’ll be a big stress relief if that bag is packed in advance.
Yes, the fall is beautiful in Boston and one surefire way to help your mental health and well-being is to be outdoors, not indoors. A simple outdoor chair makes you mobile, and you can sit, study, and read anywhere and won’t have to worry about who was sitting there before you.
OK, you already packed the wipes. Great. Sanitizer helps, too. Some small portable containers to throw in your bag, plus a larger one for the room. You can’t have enough.