The Key to Bringing Only the Necessary Items to College

When you’re moving away from home for the first time there’s a tendency to bring your whole room with you.  Let me tell you: This is a mistake.

When you get to college the big, glorious buildings look so massive that of course your room should be able to fit all of your belongings.  This is a HUGE misconception that will ultimately end with your closet combusting and your floor completely covered with items.


Only bring what you actually wear.  You know that shirt you’ve had a while that sits in the back of your closet or dresser that you just don’t have the heart to throw out? Do NOT bring it with you.  I know you’re thinking you may wear it eventually, but let’s be honest – you have no intention of wearing it.  So why bring one extra thing that will just take up room something more important could have filled?  Bring clothes that are comfy for those days you feel like lounging around, warm clothing since you may have to be out in the rain at times especially on campus, and summer clothing for those warm, sunny days.  That’s it.  Bring just the essentials for what you’ll need to get you through the year, and leave the rest back at home.  Just make sure your parents don’t mind storing some of your things while you’re away

Kitchen Supplies

I first lived in an apartment when I transferred from my hometown to UC Davis.  So, if you’re like me, kitchen supplies are a must.  However, don’t spend hundreds of dollars buying every little kitchen item you can find that’s just too cute or convenient to pass up.  I was moving in with two roommates, so before I bought most of the bigger items like pots and pans I checked with them to see what they intended to bring.  That way we didn’t have three sets of everything – this will just clutter your kitchen and take away any free space.

However, if you’re first year in college is in a dorm then don’t consider bringing any kitchen supplies other than possibly some utensils, and a mini fridge if you college allows it.  The reason for this is that you’re basically sharing a room with someone else, and the other girls you live with are all sharing a common area.  The common area is just like a small living room.  There’s no kitchen to cook in other than there the possibility of a communal one that will be located in your building.  But this is for the entire building, which can be busy and not entirely the cleanest.  So, if you’re living in the dorm you’re most likely going to be eating most, if not all, your meals in the dining commons.   It would be a waste to buy tons of cooking ware that will just take up space in your room that you’re already sharing with someone else.


Before you start spending the big bucks on furniture, find out through the school what they’ll be giving you to use for the year.  When you’re moving into either the dorms or transfer housing they most likely give you the basic essentials such as a mattress, dresser, and desk.  They even give you a couch and chairs to sit on for the living area.

Wait till you find a place on your own, and not through the school, before you buy any type of furniture.  When you do this be sure to check with your roommates to see what they’ll be bringing; this can reduce the cost of having to buy every piece of furniture yourself.

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Kali White

Kali White

Kali White is a junior at the University of California, Davis pursuing a degree in Communications and a minor in Sociology. Her goal is to have a career working for a publication company writing and editing. In her free time she enjoys the outdoors, reading, playing and listening to music, and travelling.