Packing for College 101

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Packing for College 101

This is a post from Lauren, our Intern Queen Campus Ambassador, from Montclair State.

Packing for college whether it’s your first year or your last is always a challenge. I’m currently going into my senior year in college and I have learned a lot of things from living at school for three years that has helped me to decide what I need and what I don’t need to bring. Here are some tips that I hope will be helpful in helping you pack for the new school year!

  • Make a checklist. This is so important because you don’t want to forget anything important at home, especially if you are going to be far from home. I always make sure I sit down and write a checklist every summer before I start packing. Most schools will have a list as well of essentials that you need to have for your dorm so check out your school’s website. There are also items you’re not allowed to bring so make sure you know what these are before packing.
  • Talk to your roommate. There are usually some items that you and your roommate can share so talk to your roommate and find out who will bring what. Dorm rooms are typically very small so you have to make the most of what space you have. Items you can share include a fridge, microwave, vacuum, and tv.
  • Don’t bring your whole closet full of clothes. I made the mistake of bringing too many clothes my freshman year of college and I had no room for them. You probably won’t wear half of what you bring anyways so just pack clothes that you are sure you will wear. You may think you need 10 pairs of shoes but in reality you probably will be able to make do with 5 pairs.
  • Don’t stress. Packing for school can be challenging but don’t let it stress you out. I always put on some music while I’m packing and it puts me in a good mood. Have one of your friends or family members help you pack. Having someone else helping you to pack will make it a much more enjoyable experience!