Helpful Hints for Successfully Packing for College

We've got some packing tips for SWENexters heading to college - what to take and how to know if you're packing too much.
Helpful Hints for Successfully Packing for College

Going off to school is exciting, but packing for college can be stressful. There's a lot of anticipation, especially if you're starting your first year in the fall. You'll be living away from home for the first time, making new friends, and taking new classes. You have to consider carefully what to take with you, particularly when space is limited and so is your budget.

Based on this collection of packing tips, a good approach is to have a balance. That means you won't want to take too much stuff with you due to the fact that you will likely be sharing a room with other students. Also, you don't want to be too minimalistic to your packing approach, as you may find yourself without key items you really need and can't afford to buy again.

A basic rule is that if a college student can pack his or her stuff to fit into one or two suitcases, a backpack and a trunk, he or she has done quite well. And the good news is that the backpack can function as a bag to transport everyday items to and from class as needed. Thus, it is a good idea to invest in a quality backpack that can easily accommodate your laptop or tablet if you use one for your classes. Make sure the backpack has a padded protective sleeve for your electronic devices to ensure maximum protection for them at all times.

Some other items college students suggest packing:

  • Water-absorbent towels
  • Clothes-drying rack
  • Travel steamer
  • Rain boots
  • Sports equipment
  • Blackout curtains
  • Hot water heater
  • Deck of cards
  • Dishes
  • Measuring cups
  • Storage bins

You may also want to pack a sound machine to help block out the noise of other students talking and socializing when you need to focus your attention to studying, since noise in dorms is known to carry. What about basic cooking supplies? You may have to heat up some food from time to time in your dorm room.

Also, do bring some professional clothing. There is a high probability that you'll have meetings and presentations as part of your coursework. Finally, be mindful not to pack all of your clothes and shoes for every season. After all, you'll be coming home, and there simply won't be enough room. Now, you should be well on your way to packing successfully for college.