Packing 101

It’s finally August, meaning, it’s finally time to go back to school. Freshmen are over packing and seniors are taking the bare minimum. I’m currently going into my junior year of college and here are a few tricks I have learned over the past two years of packing for school.

Don’t Wait Till Last Minute

It seems a bit obvious but you’d be surprised how many people are still going to wait a few days before they have to go to school to actually pack.

I waited until two nights before I went to school my freshman year and still ended up packing the morning I was supposed to be leaving. It will leave you more stressed and make you not want to go even more. I know I waited because I couldn’t get myself to believe I was going to college, but it’s happening people. It’s time to start packing.

Start packing, at least, a week in advance. You’d also be amazed how many things you forgot because you waited until last minute.

Make a List

When packing, try to be as organized as possible. This will make this process less stressful and you feel accomplished afterward.

Start with school supplies, then your bedroom, then the kitchen, then the bathroom. Take it one room at a time. Don’t go from one room then to another and back to the first room. This will make it more confusing.

Talk to Your Roommate

Your roommate just might have that one item you don’t have for the kitchen. Also, make sure your roommate is okay with sharing. Most people are okay with it but some people like their things to themselves. Make sure you’re at an understanding.

Talk to them about your class schedule, when you shower, when you go to the dining halls, if you’re in any other activities, if you’re thinking about joining any activities, what your major is, if you already have friends, if you’re single or not, when it’s okay to bring people into your dorm, if they play loud music, when they go to sleep/when quiet time should be, where you like to study, the list could go on but honestly ask them these things to make sure you two don’t get at each other’s throats.

Marking Boxes

My mom is the best person when it comes to packing. We use reusable totes we bought at Walmart and organized each box with the room/items are inside of it. I have a box for cleaning supplies, kitchen, desk/school supplies, bedroom, winter clothing, and holiday decoration. I do have some random boxes that I put things like clothing, makeup, books, food, and anything else I need for school.

Be Prepared to Forget Something

It will never fail that I will forget something in my bedroom back home. I will double and then triple check my list and think I have everything packed.

Don’t feel like an idiot that you forgot to buy command strips or a curtain rod for your room. Hundreds of people will be at Walmart with you buying these things nodding their head as they see what you are buying.

Also, look and see if your college town has anything other than Walmart because it’s going to be crazy. I usually go to Dollar General, Big Lots, or the Dollar Tree first to see if they have what I forgot. When worse comes to worst, I do take a trip to Walmart.

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