Back to School Again – 10 Things You Don’t Actually Need to Pack for College
Stuck on what to pack for college? Well, here are some things to cross OFF your list:
1. Your Entire Wardrobe
Obviously, you’re going to need clothes; what you don’t need, though, is every item of clothing you own. Just pack the clothes you’ll need for fall. When you go home for Thanksgiving, you can bring your fall clothes and exchange them for winter wear.
2. Kitchen Appliances
Most dormitories forbid the use of small kitchen appliances like toasters, hot plates, and coffeemakers. Leave those at home to avoid being written up.
3. Personal Mementos
A few favorite photos, books, and DVDs are great for personalizing your space. Your entire collection of high school yearbooks? Probably not. Dorm space is tight, so leave behind anything that you won’t use often.
4. Cleaning Supplies
Most likely there is a store located somewhere near your university. If you pack laundry detergent, toilet cleaner, or dish soap, you only run the risk of springing a leak during the trip and dealing with a nasty mess. Instead, add those items to the shopping list to get once you reach your destination.
5. Iron and Ironing Board
Unless you’re simultaneously attending college and moonlighting as an investment banker, you probably won’t be ironing your clothes. This is college; embrace those last few years before you can’t avoid owning an iron. If you don’t think you can live without the iron, consider skipping the ironing board; a towel spread on the floor or your desk will work just fine.
Most colleges provide the basic furniture you will need in your dorm room: a bed, a desk with a chair, and a dresser. In addition, many schools also supply a full-length mirror, window blinds, and a shower curtain. It never hurts to double check the school’s website, though, just in case.
Think about it: you’re going to be living in a building surrounded by people you don’t know. Bringing lots of valuables with you to campus is just foolish. A few pieces of jewelry might be okay, especially if you rarely take them off, but leave Great-Aunt Edna’s expensive ring at home.
Leave the alcohol at home. It might seem like a fun way to bond with your new roommates, but it isn’t worth getting caught. And you will get caught. Also leave candles and anything else that is forbidden. If you want to bring a pet, check out whether your school is a pet-friendly college.
A small stash of emergency cash is a good idea, but other than that, consider using only a debit card. Keeping a large sum of cash in your dorm room is just asking for trouble. If you find yourself needing cash often, you can use an ATM, or get cash back when making a purchase to avoid potential ATM fees.
10. Everything the College Recommends
Your university probably has a page online with a recommended packing list. It probably includes things like: TV, mini-fridge, futon. Coordinate with your roommate so that you don’t both show up on move-in day with everything that was suggested. Splitting the list will help save money and space in your car.
Author: Becky Harris is the head copywriter at U-Pack, one of the nation’s leading moving companies and a provider of top quality moving services at affordable prices.