• Packing for college students

  • Packing tips for college students

    follow the advice of your experienced colleagues and pack efficiently when moving to college follow these packing tips for college students.

    The photo above is a modern building with the word ” University “on the facade.

    Moving away for college is a huge step in the life of the whole family. Everyone will get emotional when you start packing and especially if you’re leaving home for college  for the first time. For certain there’s a good chance your parents will not be able to help you and will not be of any use in packing your belonging into boxes. However, no need to panic. With some few tricks, you can certainly get the job done.

    First things first- the essentials

    Put personal hygiene products like toothpaste, mouthwash , soap toothbrush in a separate practical carry along bag and keep it in a place where you can get to it.

    Before you start filling the boxes with unnecessary objects prioritize the list of items you are taking with you to the college your are going to.  The best way to do this is to get a box and place your essential items in it as these are the items that you will carry and have with you at all times during. As you’re moving long distance in most cases it would be wise to use a practical bag for the hygiene products such as:

    • Your toothpaste and tooth brush
    • Other hygiene products
    • Phone charger
    • Your important documents
    • Medications

    Find out the details about your accommodations

    The first to find out is if your accommodations are shared or not shared and if you have to share it’s recommended that you pack a bathrobe and a set of flip flops.

    There are different kinds of dorms in a college. Depending on the arrangement within the facilities on the campus, you can decide which items you can do without or can’t do without.

    For example, some dorms have their own private bathrooms while others have a communal bathroom that you need to share. If you must share a bathroom with others, it is a great idea to have those flip flops and a robe because you’ll probably have to walk down a hall to get from the bathroom back to your room. A great question posed to college students whom are freshman what type of furniture will be there for me as part of the accommodations and the best advice is you may need to purchase a clothes organizer with compartments and a comfy chair for you or for any guests that may arrive or stay with you. It’s a good thing to know these things while preparing to move. Don’t waste your money if you don’t have to.

    Minimize your luggage

    Even though it’s easier said then done, you really need to minimize the things that are yours in the dorm. When it comes to thinking about the available space, you’ll realize there’s no room for unnecessary items.

    Minimizing is also important for your budget, especially if you’re moving long distance. But  even when starting a life overseas  you can still arrange your living space and stay within the budget if you stay organized well. You can contact your roommates to make arrangements with them when it comes to sharing items. As for your clothes, it’s a whole different story.

    Pack seasonal clothes

    The first is to pack seasonal clothes only and you can bring the rest during breaks. The hardest part of your packing will probably be to choose which clothes to bring and how many items overall. Girls are usually tempted to pack everything. However, there’s no need to do that as you can during your break head back home to bring the others you will need for the season. However, it’s different when it comes to underwear and socks as it’s a good idea to bring more because most college folks tend to do the laundry a lot less as they are busy with their studies.

    Bedding and your electronics

    The electronics that you use everyday are part of the essentials when you start packing for college. These little devices make your life a lot easier not only for your studies but also for you to keep in contact with friends and your family and here are a few:

    • Your cell phone
    • Lap top
    • Headphones
    • Extension cords
    • MP3  players
    • Flash drives

    In addition to these, there are many other useful electronic gadgets that can help you with your studying and improve the quality of life while you’re in college. However, pay attention when placing these into moving boxes. Packing fragile items demands care and proper protection during transport. Inform your yourself of best ways to protect and pack fragile items before you start packing.

    Bedding  is another important issue when heading off to your college. You really never know what you’ll find in the dorm room and coming prepared is your best bet. Bring two pillow cases and a extra pillow in case you need it and two blankets and two sets of sheets so that when it comes time for laundry you can wash one set and have a fresh set for your bed. A sleeping bag is a good idea and can be helpful for inviting guests over.

    Documents and prescriptions

    Never forget to bring your important documents with you as you may need them. Also your prescriptions as well and you may want to transfer your prescriptions to the pharmacy near your college.

    Don’t forget the following:

    • Driver’s license
    • AAA card
    • A copy of birth certificate
    • A copy of social security card
    • Bank Documents
    • Heath insurance card