How to Pack for College

How to Pack for College

Packing for college, with most dorm rooms small and lacking storage, becomes just another daunting task to heap onto the pile of concerns. By following the packing advice we’ve outlined you can minimize the amount of stuff you’ll need to take, minimize the amount of space you’ll need to move it, and understand how to maximize the space in your dorm.

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Packing the Essentials

Make a list of those items you need to take to college and those you want to take. Pare it down to as few “wants” as possible. Focus your packing list on the basics: bedding, towels, and toiletries. Before packing bedding, confirm the dorm’s bed size and bring two sets of bedding in case one gets dirty.

Remember that even if you forget something or you miss having something, you can have your parents mail it, you can buy a new one, or you can get it when you go home for break. To help you narrow down what items to bring, sites such as CollegeBoard, Sallie Mae, and DormSmart provide handy checklists to make sure you pack the basics.

What to Pack your Stuff In

If using one of the inventory sheets we mentioned, make sure you mark the box number on the checklist to make unpacking easier when you are in your dorm. For example, if bedding is packed in box…

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