"How to pack for college"
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|Sun, 08-19-2012 - 11:32pm|
Saw this article in my local newspaper this morning, thought it had some good info, especially since it was advice from college students!
As the summer days wind down, high school graduates of the class of 2012 are starting to stress about packing for college and preparing for dorm life.
What should I take with me? What should I leave behind? Is it better to underpack or overpack?
"Once you get closer to starting school, everything kind of disappears (from store shelves) because everyone else is shopping, too."
"By the time I started, I felt like a lot of the stuff I wanted was already in other people's dorm rooms."
"If you have two pairs of shoes that are similar, leave one behind."
"Leave behind your big furniture. I brought two bookshelves that took up so much space, and I didn't even end up using them."
Drop the sentiment
"You have to face when something is garbage. If you're attached to a scrap of an old project, get over it and put it in the trash where it belongs."
"Don't bring things like yearbooks, because they carry a lot of weight -- not only physically, but also memories that will weigh you down. You came here for a new experience and a new life -- there's no room for longing for old times."
Consider the weather
"I was definitely underprepared for Colorado winters. I didn't expect the weather to change so fast."
"I brought my entire closet with me, and then I realized that I didn't need all the warm clothes because it really doesn't get cold in Southern California."
Skip the luxuries
"Don't be afraid to leave things at home and have your parents send them to you later if you need them."
"Take less than you think you'll need, because every school will have a Target or a drugstore nearby."
Take these things
From the voices of experience, here is a list of things you definitely will need:
- Organizers/storage boxes
- Air freshener (Febreze). "You never know if you're going to have a smelly roommate," Estrada says, "or if he's going to invite his smelly friends to hang out in your room."
- Full-length mirror
- Noise-cancelling headphones
- Earplugs."In case your roommate snores or your neighbors party all night," Jarvis says.
- Shower shoes
- Shower caddy
- Alarm clock
- Longboard, bike or scooter. "Sometimes you need a quick way to get to class when you're running late," Wible says, "and you don't want to be that kid who always asks to borrow people's bikes or longboards."
- Extra school supplies
- Water filter
- Water bottle
- Vitamins and snacks
- Big pillow. "It's nice to have something to lean on when you're watching TV on your laptop in bed," Ting says.
- A few of your favorite movies
- Fan and space heater
- Batteries. "I was so used to having all those little amenities at home," Ashton says. "Those small things turn into a big deal when you don't have them at your fingertips anymore."
- Nail clippers and tweezers
- Lint roller
- Fabric softener
- Overnight bag
- Clay. "It's the easiest way to hang pictures and posters," Ting says, "because you can't stick thumbtacks in the walls."
- Professional clothing for interviews
- Rain boots and umbrella
- An open mind