What To Bring (And What Not To Bring) To College

Small storage space, lots of shared spaces, and lots of opportunities for things to get ruined, make it difficult to decide what to bring and what not to bring to college.

Packing up such a big load can be overwhelming and in this stressful situation it’s easy to throw everything you own into a box and take it with you. However, there won’t be enough room for everything you own, and really, you won’t need that much.

Here is a list of things that should stay home and what should come along for the ride:

What To Bring:

  • Lots of towels: Laundry at college is a time suck and it can be a pain to get a washer and dryer in a timely manner. You’ll realize that in college you’ll take more showers then you ever have before (one in the morning, one after the gym, one before going out). With all the extra bathing, the possibility of towels falling on the not so clean bathroom floor, or being used to soak up spilled drinks in your room, you’ll need more towels then you think.
  • Snacks: Before you get to school, stock up on non-perishable items and frozen dinners, drinks, and snacks for your in-room refrigerator. If you get hungry after the dining hall closes, don’t feel like the leaving the room, or are just not in the mood for dining hall food, you’ll be happy you have plenty of snacks to chose from.
  • Rain Gear: Just because it is raining, class will not be canceled and you still have to walk outside to get there. Bring rain boots, a rain jacket, and an umbrella to stay dry on your walk to class. When you’re sitting in class for two hours, dry and warm, you’ll be happy you packed the appropriate gear.

What Not To Bring:

  • Valuables: Sharing your room with strangers, and crowded parties full of clumsy ragers is not the best combination for preserving valuables. Leave expensive jewelry, electronics or sentimental things at home where there is less of a chance of them getting stolen or ruined.
  • Extra furniture: Your college dorm will be pre-stocked with a bed, desk, and a dresser. That will pretty much be all you need—or at least have the space for. Many times colleges don’t allow you to bring outside furniture into the dorms. Even if they do it’s better to save the space for inviting friends over and moving around, rather than a nightstand, chairs or extra storage pieces. If you do need extra storage, buy shelves for your closet or under the bed containers.
  • Summer clothes: By the time you get to school in September the warm weather will be ending, and when you leave in May it will just be starting. The bulk of the time you are at school you’ll need fall, winter and spring clothes, and your summer wardrobe is better left taking up space at home. A couple pairs of shorts, one bathing suit, and a few T-shirts will be enough summer clothes to get you through the warmer days on campus.

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Lisa Manente

Lisa Manente

Lisa Manente is a senior at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. She will be graduating with the BA in Media Studies and Communications in May. Editing the Entertainment section for her university’s newspaper and magazine has fueled her passion for entertainment journalism, which is the career path she plans to explore. In her free time she enjoys reading, traveling, listening to music, and catching up on celebrity gossip.