Packing for college is probably the hardest thing you’ll ever have to do in your life. You need to move a ton of your stuff to another space, a space that’s far away, and when you have accumulated years of things, it can be quite a challenge. It’s even harder when you’re a freshman – you’re going to an unfamiliar place, so you don’t really know what you need and what is a waste. Do you need your entire book collection? Probably not. Do you need every pair of socks you own? Definitely yes. After a while, it becomes easier, but the first year is the hardest. You learn from your mistakes year after year, and luckily for you, I’ve moved a lot over the years, so I can give you some pointers.
The number one rule of packing and moving is to not be afraid to ask for help. It can be stressful and annoying, and it’s okay if you need someone to help you bring things to your car or fold some clothes. After all, you’re going to be independent in college, so this might be the last bit of help you get for a while, and you might as well use it. Just kidding, but since packing really is super hard, here are some easy packing tips that even lazy girls can master before they head to college this fall.
1. Don’t wait until the last minute.
I am always guilty of this! But if you pack little by little, it will make the whole process a lot easier. Start right now! You have time.
2. Don’t pack all of your makeup.
I know you want it all, but it just wastes room. Instead, try using two-in-one items or even subscribing to a monthly makeup subscription. This way, you will get more makeup while you’re at school, and won’t have to pack it all when you’re heading there at the beginning of the semester. You will have to lug it all home when the year ends, but you can cross that bridge later.
3. Get compact items.
Things like razors and shaving cream are super important, but they are also bulky and hard to pack. Try to stick with smaller, more compact items so you aren’t overloading yourself For example, I recently learned about this compact razor that comes with water, soap, and two razor blades all in this tiny package. Items like this will save a LOT of space when you’re packing!
4. Get in touch with your roommates.
This way, you won’t all bring the same things and end up with three mini fridges. Ask them what they are bringing and go from there!
5. Use bins instead of suitcases.
Suitcases seem obvious for packing, but then you need somewhere to store them in your room (if your parents can’t bring them home). Instead, use containers or boxes you can use for other purposes in the room. I used to use those big bins from Walmart to pack my clothes. Then, when I got to school, I would unpack the box and cover it with a tablecloth to make a mini bedside table. It also stores your stuff! It’s a good way to save space and pack efficiently.
6. Wait to bring certain items.
Depending on where you go to school, you might not have to pack all of your winter stuff when you’re heading there for fall. When I went to school, it didn’t really get cold until after Thanksgiving break, and that’s when I would bring my winter clothes back to school with me. It will free up a lot of space!
7. Don’t pack your school books.
Honestly, there are a few reasons why you shouldn’t buy your school texbooks ahead of time. One is that some professors don’t even require you to have all of the books until later in the semester, so you can buy them online for cheap. Also, most books you would bring will be at your school’s library! Another reason is that you don’t want to carry all of those heavy books with you when you’re packing. It will take up space when you’re heading to school!
8. Label things.
You might not need to unpack everything your first day, since it will be hectic AF. Label the important things that you will need to first few days so that you can unpack them first without searching through everything. Other items that aren’t as necessary can be unpacked later on when you have more time.
9. Pack jewelry in bags.
This way, they won’t get lost or tangled. Sure, you can just bring your whole jewelry box, but there is a good chance that in the move they will all get tangled and messy. Putting them in bags is a good way to enture you won’t have to spend hours untangling your accessories once you get to college.
10. Make a checklist:
This way, you will know exactly what you packed and what you didn’t. It really will help.
11. Keep toiletries in plastic bags.
This way, they won’t leak all over your other things, which is not a fun way to start out the school year.
12. Keep your cables in one place.
These will also get super tangled, so be sure to keep those neatly packed, so that your chargers won’t get ruined.
13. When in doubt,use trash bags.
I’m going to be honest, by my junior year of college, I was just throwing everything in garbage bags and hoping for the best. I’m not saying you should do that….but if you’re really REALLY lazy, you can put your stuff in garbage bags instead of boxes and suitcases. Garbage bags can hold a lot of stuff and once you’re done unpacking, you can use the garbage bag for real garbage.
Are you going to use any of these tips? Tell us in the comments!