It may appear that deciding what to bring to college is very important, but it turns out that knowing how to pack for college is just as important (if not more so). Moving into student housing necessitates a certain amount of ingenuity—for most students, the challenge is fitting a lot of stuff into a small, shared room, which necessitates a plan. That's where we can help. We've assembled a list of our favorite college packing dos and don'ts for you to keep in mind as you prepare for your trip to campus. Consider it a crash course in college packing. Let's get started.
Do Make a List of Things
If you pick up only a bunch of random things from your room, you will likely get many things you really don't need. Think of the essentials you want to bring to your college and then create your own personalized list.
Don't Bring Something That Is Out Of Season.
Whether you're planning a trip home before the winter season really sets in, leave bulky winter things like shoes and your parka at home and pick them up later. You'll be able to replace them with the shorts and summer dresses that are actually front and center in your dorm room wardrobe when the time comes.
Do Leave Your Hanging Dresses On Their Hangers
No need to waste time removing clothes from hangers, folding and packing them, and then rehanging them at school. Instead, gather hanging items and drape a large garbage bag over them, beginning at the bottom. Close the bag over the hangers' necks to keep it safe. You might also hang them in a closet box as an option.
Don’t pack anything that’s not allowed.
Almost every college and/or student housing complex has policies regarding what can and cannot be carried in. Regrettably, items such as your toaster, favorite candles, and, yes, even string lights, could be prohibited. Check before you pack to ensure you don't bring something with you that you aren't supposed to have.
Do - Talk to your roommate
Mini fridges, rugs, window A/C units, and other college necessities are examples of items you'll only need one of in your room. If you'll be sharing a room, make sure you and your roommate agree on who will be packing what so you don't end up with double stuff.
Don’t skimp on your toiletries
You never know when you'll get another chance to go shopping, particularly if you're relocating to a college town where you'll need a car to get around. So think accordingly and stock up on the biggest bottles of toiletry essentials like shampoo, face wash, and body wash that you can find. You'll be happy you took the time to do so.
Do bring an extra pillow
In student accommodation, your bed is generally not just the place you rest, but the place that you study, hang out, and even consume food. Even if you are a single-pillow sleeper, you would still want an extra pillow to support yourself for stuff other than catching z's during the times you are in bed.
Don’t skimp on towels
It's quite an obvious fact that students at college are not great at the regular laundry. We understand that life gets in the way, but you should at the very least be prepared. Bring at least three bath towels with you so you don't have to depend on an old, soiled one before you can get back to the laundry room.
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