11 things you should not bring to college

Starting college and moving out on your own for the first time can be so exciting, but it’s also a little overwhelming. Will you like your roommate? Will your roommate like you? Are you going to be homesick? And what on earth are you supposed to pack?!

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We’ve all seen the packing lists and “college must-haves,” some lists with hundreds of items. But what if I told you that you didn’t need to pack 200 items?

Here’s a list of things you don’t need to bring to college. 

Bulky Luggage

Dorm rooms are pretty small, which means storing large bulky luggage is going to be nearly impossible. Instead, pack your clothing in garbage bags (if you’re driving) or cardboard boxes (if you’re flying). This way, you can recycle your “luggage” once you unpack. 

If plastic bags and cardboard boxes don’t fit your aesthetic, consider packing your things in duffle bags that can easily be folded and stored for later use. 

Too Many Books

Sounds silly, but don’t bring your entire home library with you to college! Not only are they heavy, which will make them annoying to travel with, but they also take up so much space! Instead, consider investing in an e-reader or checking out books from the campus library. 

Sentimental or Irreplaceable Items

Unfortunately, taking those beautiful one-of-a-kind earrings your grandma gave you for your birthday to college isn’t a great idea. While you may be very trustworthy and responsible, you don’t know who your roommate might have over or who might find their way into the dorm.

If an item cannot be easily replaced and isn’t an absolute necessity, it’s best to leave it at home. 

Out of Season Clothing

We all want to make a great first impression, and that often starts with wearing an outfit that makes you feel confident. However, you shouldn’t bring all your clothes to campus.

School begins in the fall, so bring some fall to transitional winter clothing based on the climate of where you’re moving. Take advantage of breaks and holidays to switch out winter for summer clothes. Packing a year’s worth of clothes into a small closet is going to be more of a hassle than it’s worth. 

A Printer

Printers take up valuable space you can use for storing more important items. There are printers available in the library and several of the buildings on campus. So, if you need to print something, all you have to do is take a short walk to get it done.

Last but certainly not least, if you have the opportunity to speak with your roommate before moving in, make a plan. This way, you can discuss who’s bringing what and avoid having duplicate items that could clutter your small room.