It’s that time of the year! College students everywhere are getting ready to pack up and head back to school. Packing for college can be so stressful, so we decided to do it for you this year! Print out our college packing checklist here so you are ready to move out for the year – stress free!
Don’t you wish you would have had a college packing list for your first year away? As my junior year of college approaches, I have been reflecting back on the beginning of my freshman and sophomore year of college.
My first year, like most freshman, I experienced fear and resistance to this abrupt change. I bought lots of organizational bins that never ended up fitting in my room. My best buy for that year was probably one of those long, thin plastic bins with wheels on it. I kept textbooks, tampons and snacks in it.
Fast forward to sophomore year and I was moving into my first ever apartment. My room, otherwise known as the “shoebox” due to the fact it ended up being smaller than my dorm room freshman year. After hearing about this situation only days before moving, I actually ended up under packing for sophomore year. (I didn’t know it was possible either!)
Now here I am, a junior in college. I definitely don’t have it all figured out, but I think I have a solid idea of what you actually need versus what you don’t. Of course, if you’re heading into the dorms this year, you may not need all of this. You probably don’t need to bring pots and pans since most freshman get on a meal plan with their cafeterias.
What I wish I would have had in past years is a college packing checklist.
Something to tell me exactly what I needed to bring so I would not overpack or under pack!
If you girls are heading into apartments, there are three meals I recommend using as staples in your meal plan: pasta, chicken and boiled potatoes and eggs! I say this because of price, time, nutrition and how it holds you over. Those are the three meals my roommates and I eat 99.9999% of the time. (Also throw in a frozen veggie with dinner!)
You might be concerned about what your college roommate will say. If you’re sharing a room, the two of you will probably want to split the cost on who buys what. Make sure you guys talk so you can coordinate a theme you both agree on. If you don’t see eye to eye, remember to keep your cool and try to compromise!
Share our college packing checklist with your roommate so the two of you can stay organized while shopping to decorate your cute room!
Tweet us pics of your dorm room @InspirationalNB!
By: Erica Statly