Gideon’s Guide:

15 “Gideon Approved & Recommended” Essentials for Move-In Day.

Everyone always wonders what they should bring with them on move-in day, so I thought I’d save you the trouble and have curated a list of what I personally recommend.

  1. Philips Hue White and Color LED smart button starter kit

Though a little expensive, having your apartment hooked up with color lights is insanely cool, and there are much cheaper options, but Philips has the best integration system with your phone, and I promise you it is well worth it. Plus, it’s a great conversation starter!

2. 50 inch TCL 4K smart TV

I recommend having two of these in your living room! My roommates and I have two of them mounted in a stacked position, and it’s great being able to play video games together. Or if one person wants to watch a movie and the other wants to play games you can do that, all while still hanging out. And once again, great conversation starter!

3.) Laundry Basket

Don’t let those dirty clothes pile up on the floor!

4.) Shower Curtain and Liner

You should have no problem finding one you like at Walmart or Target! However, Amazon does have a ton of options if you still want to check it out!

5.) Rice Cooker

I always recommend getting a rice cooker! It makes cooking rice extremely easy, and it doesn’t have to be stirred or watched over. Just put the rice in with some water and it will take care of the rest!

6.) Britta

Always have a Britta in your apartment, the link is the one I personally use and have had for two years!

7.) Patio Furniture

If you and your roommates aren’t ones for hanging out on the patio/balcony, then you don’t need to worry about this one too much. But if you are, I would definitely pick up a set at the Home Depot in TigerTown! Or just check out Amazon!

8.) Mattress Topper

Always get a mattress topper! You can find some cheaper ones at Target or Walmart, but personally I’ve had a Lucid branded one for two years now and though it may be a little more expensive, I would never go with any other option!

9.) Dishes

Personally, my roommates and I strictly use paper plates and plastic utensils due to us being busy with school, or work. But you got to eat off something!

10.)  Pots & Pans

Eating out gets extremely expensive. You must learn to cook, no better time to learn either!

11.) Movie Theater style Posters

This one isn’t a must, but you should decorate and have fun with it! One of my personal favorites is movie posters, in some small way they kind of display what kind of person you are!

12.) Plastic Storage Bins

Having Plastic bins to store things and keep under your bed is a good way to keep your room organized and staying clean. Picking up a set of these is extremely essential!

13.) Bean Bag Chair

Having a bean bag chair is always a nice way to add a little character to the way you furnish your apartment. Though they are expensive, you never regret having one.

14.)  Flags

Having flags to hang is a great way to decorate, they take up lots of space on a wall, fairly cheap, and on top of that they’re the best way to show love for your school! 

15.) Throw Blankets

Always keep a throw blanket in your living room. Its always nice having one, especially for those movie nights in the winter!

Gideon Bainbridge