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Question for past Correspondents:
What is something (not on the what-to-pack list) that you didn't bring that you wished you had? Or something you did bring that you really glad you had? 
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-Maddie Kuhl  16x16_smiley-happy
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Bring hand-soap, as weird as that may sound. The rooms at George Mason don't have any. Your suit-mates will be very thanful for you. Another thing many people forgot is a portable phone charger. I brought two, and don't know how I would've survived without them. Bring A LOT of water, because D.C., during the summertime, is very hot and exhausting.
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Hi Maddie,

Welcome to our Community Forums! Remi13 offers some great advice about bringing soap for the bathroom, and especially spare phone chargers in the form of either a backup battery or spare cable. Speaking from personal experience, I would also recommend bringing a pen to use when filling out your workbook (which you'll receive upon your arrival) and an extra pillow if you usually sleep with more than one. Another obvious recommendation might be a spare pair of sunglasses; we're always moving, and the last thing you want is to be without shades in the D.C. heat!

Thanks for your great question, and please feel free to post again if you think of anything else you want to know!

Kind regards,
Sam
Social Media Supervisor 
The Washington Scholars Program
 
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I can't remember if this is on the packing list or not, but bring band aids. I brought plenty and my color group mates loved me. We do so much walking that blisters are inevitable, so band aids are a must. I also liked having an extension cord for my room, because my outlet was not near my bed. I definitely agree about the hand soap and portable chargers that Remi recommended- that will definitely save you!! I'm kind of a clean freak, especially when it comes to my bathroom, and my roommates definitely weren't- so I was glad I brought wipes to wipe down the counter every day. You would be surprised how quickly 4 girls' makeup, hair, toothpaste, etc. will build up and gross you out. If I think of anything else, I'll let you know!

Abby Werner
Youth Advisory Board
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Hey Maddie! The other past correspondents and Sam gave a lot of great things to bring! I would also suggest bringing a backpack or a large purse. I kept my workbook in it, bandaids, pens, a charger, and other things like that. Once you leave your room in the morning, you often won't come back until later that night, so it's helpful to have those items with you in one spot. I was worried I would look out of place with a backpack on while looking professionally, but many people in DC are wearing the same thing. 16x16_smiley-happy
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Hi Maddie,

The other correspondents gave such great tips! Based on my experience, I would say the one thing I am glad I brought was a power strip. You don't realize how necessary it is until you and your roomate are searching your room hoping for a hidden outlet somewhere. I bought a basic power strip at Target for $6 and it was such a help. I was able to plug my laptop, phone, GoPro, and camera chargers into it with room to spare! 

-Samantha Casamento
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Hi Maddie!
In addition to the other responses, I would say bring some nice and soft blankets because it may be hot outside, but the dorms tend to stay a little chilly! And also if you normally don't take some, it would be great to take some Vitamin C drink packets to help keep you energized walking around!

Hope this helps!
Cassandra Kuhn
Youth Advisory Board Member
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Hi Maddie, I'm happy to see that you have received so much great feedback from our Youth Advisory Board members! 

I've been through WJMC two times and I echo their suggestions! (Especially portable chargers, I brought 4 and was everyone's best friend and my phone never came close to dying) If you are travelling from far away though, I wouldn't worry too much about bringing a blanket (they are bulky and hard to fly with) because the heat in the residence halls is adjustable.

One thing that I would add that is not mentioned above is sunscreen/aloe. I'm super pale and get sunburned very easily, and aloe will definitely help in case you do get a burn. 

I hope that you're getting excited for the conference, and feel free to post any additional questions that you may have on the forums! 

Regards,
Keirsten
Senior Social Media Specialist  
The Washington Scholars Program

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Hey Maddie, 

I would definitely bring a sweatshirt to sleep in. It may be July, but the rooms tend to get a bit chilly at night, and after a long day you're going to want to be able to sleep comfortably. 
If you have any other questions don't hesitate to ask! 

Olivia Vermane
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