– How to Pack For College –
We’ve outlined how to minimize the amount of stuff you’ll need to take and understand how to maximize the space in your dorm.
Packing for college involves several steps if your parents aren’t hiring one of the best full-service moving companies.
First, take only the essentials. Second, find something to put your stuff in. Third, plan on a minimal wardrobe and consider using some of your clothes as packing spaces.
Lastly, be familiar with your school’s rules and any items it may provide (like refrigerators and microwaves).
How to Pack For College
I learned a lot during freshman year about what a new college student needs in their dorm room. Here are tips, based on personal experience. Share them with your student today!
1. Pack the Essentials
Make a list of those items you need to take to college and those you want to take. Pare it down to as few “wants” as possible.
Focus your packing list on the basics: bedding, towels, and toiletries. Before packing bedding, confirm the dorm’s bed size and bring two sets of bedding in case one gets dirty.
2. Make It Personal
Don’t forget to look for a poster, print out pictures of family and friends, or do whatever else you want to make your dorm room feel homey. You don’t have to decorate every inch of the room to make it yours.
I hung a few photos from home which helped with my homesickness. I also loved having a fuzzy throw blanket I could take to a friend’s room for the occasional movie night.
My dorm was the only place on campus I could rely on for privacy, so feeling comfortable there was important.
3. What to Pack Your Stuff In
If using one of the inventory sheets we mentioned, make sure you mark the box number on the checklist to make unpacking easier when you are in your dorm.
For example, if bedding is packed in box #1, write “box #1” next to “bedding” on your checklist.
4. Buy Basic Cleaning Supplies
Having a small handheld vacuum to occasionally clean your carpet is a must.
Disinfectant wipes or sprays are great to clean shared surfaces, especially if/when you or your roommate are sick or if there’s a COVID wave.
I got sick twice during my first semester of college, and my roommate was very happy I avoided getting her sick by wiping things down.
5. Pack Your Wardrobe
Choose a minimal wardrobe. You should plan for a tiny closet and only pack for the current season.
Bring comfortable clothes and shoes for walking around campus, but pack at least one pair of dressy shoes and one outfit suitable for a job interview, networking event, or a career fair.
6. Know What the School Provides and Prohibits
Call ahead and find out what items the school provides. The dorms may come equipped with a refrigerator and microwave, or not.
Think through what electronics you could need while living on campus a game system for entertainment, a flash drive for class presentations, etc.
Also,o find out if there are any items you are prohibited from bringing. Drugs, alcohol, and weapons are the obvious exclusions, but your school may also prohibit items such as hot plates, space heaters, and extension cords.
7. Consider the Climate
If you’re attending a college in a different climate, it’s important to invest in the right clothes. Whether it’s rain boots, a winter coat, or a hat and gloves, think about being comfortable in the new weather.
It’s much harder to avoid hot or cold weather at college since you’ll spend a lot of time walking outside.
8. Wait to Buy Books
There are some classes where having the books is a must and others where you may never open them.
Most colleges have a longer add-drop period than high schools, so you may end up switching around your schedule in the first few weeks.
FAQs on How to Pack For College
Faqs on how to pack for college
1. How do I start packing for college?
‣ Make sure you take a look at any new purchases before going to campus.
‣ Label away.
‣ Wash and pack all clothes and bedding.
‣ Fill plastic storage bins and drawers with lightweight clothing and misc.
‣ Pack shoes together.
‣ Gather all cleaning items/ bottles.
‣ Cushion your cosmetics.
2. How many days in advance should I pack for college?
Ideally you should start about two weeks before you move into your dorm or apartment.
This will give you more than enough preparation time to find what you need without the last-minute stress.
It’ll also give you plenty of time to go shopping for anything you don’t already have.
3. What should you not bring to college?
‣ Unnecessary Debt
‣ Certain Kitchen Appliances.
‣ Space Heaters and Electric Blankets.
‣ Candles and Incense.
‣ Too Much Clothing.
‣ Knick-Knacks or Tchotchkes.
4. How should I pack for college in the state?
‣ Do make a list of what to bring.
‣ Don’t bring out-of-season items.
‣ Do keep your hanging clothes on their hangers.
‣ Don’t pack anything that’s prohibited.
‣ Do have a conversation with your roommate.
‣ Don’t skimp on your toiletries.
‣ Do bring a business-worthy outfit, even if you don’t know when you’ll need it.
5. How many outfits should I bring to college?
In general, 7-8 shirts, 2 pair of pants, a couple of shorts and garments for formal occasions would be best.
6. Should I bring a swimsuit to college?
A bathing suit is also great, if your campus has a pool.
7. Should I pack my clothes in a suitcase for college?
A space-saving tip (if you prefer to save space over time) is to use Space Bags to pack your clothes, towels, and bedding.
These airtight, waterproof, and reusable bags reduce the space your things take up in your suitcase and trunk. Purchase clothing storage accessories—shoe bags, racks, etc.
8. What should I do the night before college move in?
‣ Plan Ahead.
‣ Call the College Ahead of Time if You Plan to Elevate Your Bed.
‣ Talk to Your Roommate in Advance if You Want to Coordinate Dorm Colors.
‣ Coordinate Your Move-In Day with Your Roommate.
‣ Bring Help.
‣ Bring a Dolly or Cart.
‣ Pack a Toolkit.
9. How do I pack my dorm?
‣ Vacuum up carpets and roll them up.
‣ Purge items that you don’t want to keep.
‣ Empty and clean out the trash cans.
‣ Remove any trash laying around.
‣ Pack your portable safe with stuff.
‣ Pull out the items that you will need to clean the dorm after it is emptied.
10. When should I start packing?
You should start packing for your move at least 3 weeks prior to your anticipated move date. The actual moving preparation process should start at least 6-8 weeks before your move.
The earlier you start the packing process, the easier it will be when your move date approaches.
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