While this could be about the metaphorical “tool-kit” students should have that’s full of imagination and hard work, this is about actual tools. Because in the life of a busy student, non-academic emergencies can catch you by surprise even more so than a forgotten exam. Like hammers and plungers. Even though you’re renting your space, it’s important to be prepared. Here’s what we suggest stocking in your home:
You might not be able to hang any pictures on your walls, but its good to be prepared to fix any broken furniture, put together a chair, or put something back together. Investing in a quality tool kit will leave you with reliable tools for many years to come.
- Screwdrivers (slotted and Phillips) or screwdriver multi-tool
- Socket ratchet set
- Adjustable wrench
- Combo pack of nails and screws
- Utility knife
- Utility scissors
- Tape measure
- Electrical tape
- Fabric-backed duct tape
- Toilet plunger
You don’t want to flip the circuit for your entire building because you put too many electronics into one plug. Be smart about power supply and you’ll have all the chargers you need, without a power outage.
- Surge protector
- Extension cords in a few different lengths
- HDMI cord for computer and TV
The last thing you want is to be caught in an emergency without the safety tools you need. Whether it’s small power outage or a major natural disaster, keep these items in an easy to access place, and make sure they’re always fully stocked and ready to go.
- Battery-operated tap lights
- Combination smoke and CO detector (hopefully it came with your apartment)
- First aid kit
- Emergency preparedness kit, should there be a natural disaster or power outage, including: bottled water, candles, batteries and canned food.
- Fire extinguisher
Your apartment is going to get dirty eventually. Keep these essential items on hand to ensure your home is tidy.
- Magic erasers for wall marks
- Cleaning wipes (disinfectant, glass, etc.)
- Carpet stain remover
- Broom and dustpan
These items will come in handy!
- Super glue
- Adhesive remover
- Clear tape or packing tape
- Sewing Kit
Now that you have your toolkit, there are a few skills that are helpful so you can actually use all these items. Watch a few YouTube videos and brush up on these skills, so you aren’t frantically searching when an emergency does occur:
- How to sew on a button
- How to sew up a hole
- How to use a Phillips head screwdriver
- How to reset a WiFi router
- How to unclog a toilet
- How to mop a floor
- How to use a level (you can use an app on your phone!)
- How to change a lightbulb
- How to call the landlord for help!
What tools do you think are absolutely essential to have in your home? It really depends on your priorities, but you should have these items at the very least. It can be easy for busy students to forget to pick up extra batteries or a hammer – but it’s pretty irritating when you need those items and they’re nowhere to be found! Especially if this is one of your first apartments you’ve had outside of your parent’s home, you need these essential tools for students.