The first and possibly one of the most important tips for packing for college is to pack light. Apartments are generally small and dorm rooms are even smaller. Think about this whenever you are packing because it will save you a lot of headaches when you show up to your dorm room.
So, how do you pack light? Well, I have always found one question key in figuring out what to pack-“what do I use everyday now?” Get detailed with this list. This really gets you to think about the bare essentials that are required for a healthy lifestyle. For example, I used my sheets, computer, clothes, alarm clock, and food among other things. After you have developed this list, take off all of the food and other personal care items that can be purchased at a grocery store (these should be purchased in a store nearby your dorm to save your energy and happiness during the move!). This will be called your “necessaries” list.
After you have developed your “necessaries list”, think about all of those documents that are required for your health and to prove that you are actually a person. These are documents that will be required throughout your stay in the dorm and probably not every day. This will be called your “I actually do exist” list. Within this, include your birth certificate, social security card, immunization forms, and other documents that you will need throughout the year. These documents should be kept in one place (preferably in a folder) so you will have easy access to them throughout the year. Add these items to your necessaries list and you are one step closer to deciding what all you need to pack for college.
Now for the fun part. Add in a few things you enjoy doing all around that are not on your “necessaries” list. I call this the “fun” list. This may include a guitar, basketball, or a spelunking kit. The important thing is to pack these things for when you have down time. Also, add in a few small things that remind you of home like pictures or other memorabilia. This will keep your head up high whenever you are missing home.
So remember, your full pack light list includes your “necessaries” list + “”I actually do exist” list + the “fun” list. I promise that this is all you will need! College is a social place and the college stories you make will last a lifetime. All you really need is yourself for those situations, so, just save yourself the hassle and don’t waste the energy on the objects that will only clutter up your room.