As someone who did the whole “college” thing, I can say with certainty that I know a lot about packing. Or rather, not packing, since I quickly learned that there are a LOT of things you don’t need to bring to school. As you can see, I am NOT a fan of packing:
im tweeting this as a reminder to myself that next semester im only bringing one change of clothes cause packing is awful and i dont like it
— nina braca~ (@oreokitty_) May 11, 2014
packing aka throwing all my possessions in a box and hoping for the best
— nina braca~ (@oreokitty_) August 23, 2014
I’m annoying, but this is a good example of how much I truly HATE packing, especially overpacking. So, over the years, I started to take note of things I thought I needed, but didn’t ACTUALLY need when I got to school every semester. And, surprisingly, there are a lot of things that you think you need but shouldn’t actually bring. I know that you really want to bring your Limited Edition Harry Potter Pez Set to college, but trust me, it will just end up lost under your bed. If you often have trouble packing for school, take a look at these things you think you might need, but really don’t.
Your High School T-ShirtsAs much as you might have loved your high school career, you don't need to live in the past. All of your high school shirts are probably pretty cool, but you don't need to wear them at college. It's okay to move on! Image Source: SelenaGomezVevo
Every Fancy Dress You OwnSure, you might go out to a fancy party every once in a while, but you don't need to bring every long dress you own. It will just take up too much space and you won't end up wearing most of them any way. Image Source: Pretty Little Liars
Your Entire LibraryYes, you can and should bring your favorite books to school, but you don't need all 98 of them. That's what the school library is for! They have thousands of books you can take out, and you don't need them all stacked in your room. Image Source: Gilmore Girls
DVDsJust like your books, DVDs are important! But most movies and TV shows you can find on streaming services. You don't want to have DVD cases filling up all of your precious space. Sign up for Netflix or Hulu instead! Image Source: iStock
A PrinterThe worst part of my freshman year was the clunky and loud printer my roommate had. At most schools, you have printing capabilities at your library or student center. Plus, buying your own paper and ink can get very expensive! It's just not worth it. Image Source: iStock
Things Your Roommate Already HasThis is important! Before moving to school, you should reach out to your roommate(s) and see what they are bringing. You don't want to end up with two mini fridges, since that would take up a LOT of space. Just be sure to communicate with each other. Image Source: The Roommate
Off Season ClothesThis is a little tricky, since it depends on where you're going to school, but most of the time, you will have some sort of break during the semester. When you're going to school in the fall, you probably don't need a giant winter jacket until the end of the semester. When you head home for Thanksgiving break, you can pick up your winter clothes, instead of lugging them to school and not wearing them for the first three months. Image Source: One Tree Hill
A TelevisionYou don't really need a TV in college. It's 2017, and you probably have a laptop or tablet, which you can watch your favorite shows and movies on. Image Source: Pitch Perfect
CondomsOkay, here me out: you SHOULD be having protected sex and you SHOULD be using condoms. That being said, a lot of schools offer free condoms at their health centers. They can get expensive, so you can stop by the health center and grab some for free! Image Source: Degrassi
What will you bring to college? Tell us in the comments!