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Important Things to Remember When Packing for College

Since I am entering my junior year of college I decided to make a post about all the important things I wish I had known when it comes to packing. Here are some important things to keep in mind to making moving easier:

Plastic Bins are Your New Best Friend

You will most likely be moving in and out of dorm rooms and apartments a lot throughout college, so having a supply of plastic bins on hand will make the moves a lot more simple and easy.

Also, typically there will be a long trek from your car to your new room, so limit the trips by packing large bins instead of carrying up numerous small ones.

Keep Your Clothes on Their Hangers

Taking all your clothes off of their hangers only to immediately put them back on when moving in is incredibly time consuming. Group them together, place in a plastic trash bag, and wrap the ties around the neck of the hangers. This way they are easy to pack and unpack.

Stock up on Command Hooks

Most colleges will not allow you to use tacks or nails to hang things. Command Hooks are the best solution for hanging all your decorations, so stock up!

Bring Food

More than likely, it will take you some time to adapt to the food served at your college. Unless you are very lucky and go to a college that has an amazing food package, it is a good idea to bring a good supply of food for you to have on hand.

If you have a mini fridge in your room, keep in mind that you won’t be able to fit much inside it. Non-perishable foods can fit anywhere in your room and are the best choice for college students.

Try Not to Overpack

If you haven’t used something in the past few months, don’t pack it unless you think it is absolutely necessary. It will only make the constant moving more of a pain.

Bring Lamps and Other Lighting

If you are like me and can’t stand bright fluorescent lighting where you live, you may want to consider bringing your own lighting. String lights can be perfect along with a couple of lamps to make your room feel more like a home rather than a hospital.

Bring a Lockbox

It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your valuable belongings. Keep things in a lockbox just in case your door gets left unlocked.

Don’t Forget Cups and Eating Utensils 

Even if you don’t plan on making food in your dorm, it is still important to have eating utensils. You don’t want to get stuck with leftovers that you can’t eat unless you want to use your fingers as a makeshift fork.

Bring a Water Purifier

Water is always iffy when moving to a new place. The tap water could be great or horrible, so bring a water purifier just in case.

Bring a Shower Caddy and Flip Flops

Community showers in college are not always sanitary. Always wear shower shoes or flip flops and make sure you have a shower caddy to avoid carrying all your products in your arms each time you shower.

Know the Amenities You’ll Be Provided

Be sure to find out if you will be provided things like a microwave and mini fridge. It would be very unfortunate if you were to show up and not have them there for you.


Hopefully these tips will help make moving in college just a little bit easier!

XOXO, Olive



2 thoughts on “Important Things to Remember When Packing for College

  1. This was really insightful! Even though I won’t be living on campus this school year, I’ll definitely used these tips when I switch campuses next year!

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