If you’re an incoming freshman this year, let us warn you that packing for college is hard. Most students either bring too much or not enough with them when they move to college so we would like to share some of our best tips and advice on how to pack when moving to college.
Don’t bring all of your clothes in autumn. Unless you won’t be going home for the holidays, it is simply not necessary. Bring mostly warmer weather clothes, with a few cozy layering pieces that you can throw on when the nights start to get a little chilly. Pack plenty of undergarments. It’s quite likely that you will find yourself avoiding laundry a little longer than you should. If you are going to pack too much of anything, let it be underwear and socks. Bring at least one outfit suitable for a job interview. Make sure that you pack whatever type of clothing you usually wear. Only bring your very favorite T-shirts from high school. Unless you’re a swimmer one or two bathing suits should be enough. Bring a tall narrow hamper instead of a short wide one it does the same job all while taking up less floor space. If you can’t decide if you’ll wear something or not, leave it behind and if you decide you need it, pick it up over the holidays or ask your parents to send it to you.
It is essential that you bring shower shoes. Never go into the bathroom barefoot. Bring a plastic shower caddy, so you do not have to carry an armful of items to the shower each night. In your caddy, I would recommend you pack conditioner, body wash, shampoo, razors, shaving cream, face wash, washcloth, an exfoliator, toothbrush, floss, and toothpaste. On top of your shower caddy items, you may want to bring a basket of perfumes, skincare products, lotions, and hair serums. Also, don’t bring everybody and haircare product you own. Wait until you run out of one then go and get another. Storage is so limited in dorms the fewer items laying around that you won’t be using the better. Buy huge bottles of shampoos, conditioners, and body wash that will last you all year and bring several towels, so you always have a clean one even if you’ve gotten lazy with laundry.
Bring plastic bowls, plates, and cups for the times when you and your friends order in, or if you just want to eat in your room. But make sure always to wash them right away. Make sure to contact your future roommate and decide who is going to bring the fridge and who is to bring the microwave. Or you can check to see if your dorm can rent you one. Bring refillable water bottles and a water pitcher. Your dorm should come with a water fountain, and if you have a big pitcher, you will only have to refill once every few days. Plus you will save a lot of money not having to buy plastic water bottles. If you drink tea or coffee, make sure you pack a microwave-safe mug. Fun things like that are alright to bring so long as you know you will use them and they don’t take up to much space.
You might want to think about bringing a power strip in case outlets are limited in your dorm room. If you have a cellphone, you do not have much need for an alarm clock. Most cellphones have clocks built right in and are much easier to turn off, meaning that you are less likely to wake up your roommate. If you need to print a lot of assignments on your intended major, you may want to bring a printer. In the long run, it may turn out to be the better investment rather than paying the school’s printing fees. Consider bringing a TV and DVD player if you and your friends plan to stay in often. Some classes require that you have a flash drive, they are cheap, so it’s a good idea to bring one just in case.
Bring a first aid kit, sewing kit, and a toolkit. Though, you can correspond with your roommate to see if they already planned on bringing these items. You don’t need two of any of these kits. Bring different medicines such as medication for cramps, headaches, heartburn, nausea, and more. When you are packing for college keep in mind that you are on your own when you get sick your parents will not be there, so you need to have the tools to take care of yourself. Don’t forget to bring an umbrella as it is one of those items that are invaluable when they are needed. Also if you have one, think about taking your bike to school. Biking is excellent exercise, its faster than the bus, and a lot of fun.
A few final notes
If you find a list on several sites on the internet called something along the lines of “twelve essential items every college student needs” there is a considerable chance that you do not need any of those things. If you can not decide whether or not you should bring something, don’t. If you regret your decision, you can either wait until the holidays, have your parents send it to you, or you could buy new ones. It’s better to underpack than it is to overpack in some so long as you bring the essential items. Every time you go home, make sure that you bring the things that you have not used yet. It will help make moving out at the end of the year much easier. Also, after you have moved in, send any bulky bags and suitcases home with your parents. Make sure that you leave flattened boxes in the back of your closet because you will need them when you move out.