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.
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!
Youth Advisory Board
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!
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!
Youth Advisory Board Member
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!
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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!