College move-in day is just a few weeks away, and, if you're anything like me, you probably haven't given a lot of thought as to what you're bringing with you.

Moving away from home can be scary, but what's more overwhelming is the lengthy, expansive, sometimes daunting list of college dorm room supplies. Scour the internet for more than five minutes and you'll find list after list of hundreds of dorm 'necessities.'

I'm off to my first year of college in a few weeks, and I've done a lot of research on everything a well-prepared college student will need, from the necessary to the fun, and everything in between. This is a list of tips compiled from friends, family, and anyone else willing to give their two cents on the formidable task of packing for college.

So, take it from me- you don't need to pack up your entire life and bring it with you to your tiny dorm room. Keep it short and sweet; remember, you'll most likely be living with two, three, maybe even four other people, so stay courteous and ere on the side of minimalism.

Prepare to leave your 40-piece fall wardrobe and your favorite knickknacks at home- whether it's your first time away from home or your fourth, here's 20 actual dorm room absolute necessities that'll help you survive your first semester at college.

Winemakers From Down Under

There are fewer than 20 Australians and New Zealanders working now in the California wine industry, the majority as winemakers. Some others migrated to Washington, Oregon and British Columbia from their home country.

Most of those interviewed for this article agree that Grant Taylor, a Kiwi winemaker, was the first to come to California in 1979, to work at Pine Ridge in the Napa Valley. Taylor returned to New Zealand in 1993 and is the owner of Valli Vineyards in Central Otago.

The following is a partial list of Aussies and Kiwis, in chronological order by the date they first came to California and their present position in the California wine industry.

Rex Smith (Australia): 1984, winemaker William Knuttel Winery, Sonoma.

Daryl Groom (Australia): 1989, co-owner Colby Red Wine and Groom Wines

Nick Goldschmidt (New Zealand): 1989, Goldschmidt Vineyards and Nick Goldschmidt Consulting

Chris Loxton (Australia): 1991, owner/winemaker Loxton Cellars

Michael Scholz (Australia): 1991, vice president, Winemaking & Vineyards, St. Supery Estate Vineyards & Winery

Mick Schroeter (Australia): 1992, director of winemaking, Sonoma Cutrer

Toni Stockhausen (Australia): 1999, Winemaker, Bennett Valley Cellars

Wayne Donaldson (Australia): 2000, vp production, Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits

Sean McKenzie (New Zealand): 2001, senior winemaker, The Dreaming Tree

Susan Doyle (Australia), 2003: chief winemaker, Spring Mountain Vineyard

Matt Parish (New Zealand), 2003: managing dir., Matt Parish Wines, sold through Nakedwines and International consulting winemaker.

Matt Johnson (Australia), 2008: chief winemaker Americas, Treasury Wine Estates

Andrew Bilenkiji (Australia), 2012: winemaker, Ledson Winery

Sam Glaetzer (Australia), 2016: senior vice president wine & spirits production, Constellation Brands

- Gerald D. Boyd