For many students, a new school year is just around the corner. In addition to buying pencils, pens, and notebooks, those living on a college campus for the first time also have to think about bringing sheets, towels, and pretty much everything they need to live.
Packing for college is easier if students keep one important fact in mind: dorm rooms are small. This is especially true if students are sharing space with one or more roommate. Coordinating with a roomie can help insure that students don’t arrive with duplicates, especially when it comes to large items like televisions.
It can be overwhelming to try to sort out what to pack and what to leave at home. Trying to pack too much into a small dorm room or shared apartment can be just as frustrating as leaving behind necessary items. Using a checklist can help students consider different types of items that could otherwise be overlooked.
Schools also post information for students online. Those going to the College of Saint Mary can take a look at their Frequently Asked Questions page. Creighton University provides a similar FAQs page for students, and Grace University’s “Packing for College Checklist” is also helpful.
Remember that schools sometimes limit or prohibit certain items. It’s important to double check guidelines from the school’s office of Residential Life or Student Housing to know what to expect.