In 13 days I will be returning for my second year at the glorious University of Illinois. Which means its time for the most stressful part of the summer season is upon us. Last year college packing was my biggest stress in preparing for college. I usually drive to school but some of you don't have the luxury of bringing a big car to your school. These are some tips I've put together for people who have small cars or have to fly to school.
Save some things to buy at school
Buy Cleaning supplies and shampoo and stuff when you're at school. These things can take up major space in your car that and aren't more expensive when you get there. Make a list of things to buy day of, and while your unpacking boxes ask your parents to go to the closest Walmart/target and pick up all your little things. This also gets your parents out of your hair for when your unpacking. I like to do everything my way, and organizing your dorm room your self will save you headaches later when your looking for something that your mom stashed away in a random bin.
Some things to buy day of:
Call your dorm and find out what amenities they offer
This is something I wish I did. It's easy to check on line and see if your dorm has AC or WiFi, But call them and see what else they offer. My dorm had Ironing boards, brooms, mops, and trash cans (and liners). If you live close to the school your attending you can probably even tour a sample room and see exactly what kind of space you're looking at and what you're able to rent from the front desk. You also may be able to rent a fridge/microwave inexpensively for the year, which saves tons of room.
Some things your dorm probably provides you with:
Know what not to bring
There are certain things that are super easy to get for free in college. Don't bother getting your own. And GO TO QUAD DAY.You'll get so much free stuff.
Things that you will most likely get for free on quad day/ at random places
Coordinate with your roommate
bring your own stuff, but for things like Mirrors, Chairs, Wall Art, Fridges and microwaves. There's no reason you should be bringing two.
Ship things to your dorm!
Ordering things online or on amazon? (Free 2 day shipping with Amazon Student!) Wait until a few days before and ship them to your dorm. You wont have to bring them to school and take up car space. When you arrive at your dorm they'll be waiting for you or arrive shortly. (Just make sure you don't order too far in advance...)
Also Bed Bath and Beyond allows you to order things and have them shipped to the BB&B closest to your school, then you just go on move in day and pick up your order. They allow you to shop in store or online and have it sent and you don't have to pay shipping. You pay in advance so that all you have to do is go pick up your stuff when your at campus. This is great for if you have to fly to get to your school.
Be Exclusive while packing
If you haven't worn it in a year don't bring it. If its nice and you don't want it to get damaged don't bring it. If its a "just in case" item don't bring it. If its something that you feel uncomfortable in leave it at home.
The best bet is to bring your favorite most comfortable and flattering clothing, and like 10 "nice" things for when your going out or want to dress up. Limit the amount of shoes you bring. Don't pack up your entire wardrobe you'll just end up wearing the same 15 shirts in rotation for the entire school year, and you can always shop at school. You're at college not cut off from the entire world. I'll probably do a more specific post on exactly what you should bring and nor bring and if I do I'll link it here.
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