Dear College Freshmen
Don't know where to even start packing? Here are my tips on what to pack, how much of it and why you can probably ditch those red, snakeskin pumps at home.
By Sara Utsugi
As the time to leave for college approaches, some of you may have started saying, “Oh crap. What the heck do I bring to college?” I totally understand. For months, my parents nagged me to start packing, but I put it off until the week before leaving. If you’re in the same boat that I was in and have no idea where to even start, let me help you. When I was a freshman, I thought that packing my life up and moving from Hawaii to California meant I’d need at least 10 suitcases, but when I finally did get to packing, I realized that it really wasn’t that daunting. As an out of stater, you’ll probably end up buying most of what goes into your dorm room, so don’t sweat it, and start packing!
Clothes: You need to wear clothes, but remember that your style will probably change a little in college. Only bring up clothes that you’ve worn within the last month because if you haven’t, chances are you won’t touch it in college either. Don’t forget that you’ll probably go shopping but have limited space in a college closet.
Shoes: Another thing you’ll wear every day. Bring shoes that are comfortable and go with many outfits. (I still haven’t found an occasion to wear my red snake skin heels.) Buy house slippers and/or shower slippers when you get to your school during the IKEA run you’re bound to make.
Makeup: You’ll spend the majority of your time in class or casually hanging with friends, so don’t pack what you’d need to get ready for prom. Yes, you’ll probably go to parties or formals, so still pack some of your good makeup, but don’t waste space on unnecessary items that you can easily buy or won't wear.
Accessories: Jewelry gets tangled and is hard to travel with, so don’t forget that you’ll buy pieces there. Only pack jewelry you wear A LOT.
Hair stuff: Only bring these if you already have them and use them often. I’ve gotten away without a blow dryer for two years, and I would’ve been fine without my flat iron too.
Bags: I remembered to pack all my purses, but I forgot basics like a small backpack for the gym and an overnight duffel. Don't forget that you'll probably go on road trips or overnight retreats, excursions, trips, etc. It might be a good idea to use this duffel or small suitcase as your carry on.
Other: You can't forget the basics and school necessities. After all, you are going for school (not really...kidding parents. Just kidding.)
Don’t waste your space with:
A lot of the items that I listed are things that I wish I had brought to college (ukulele, duffel bag, small gym bag, professional attire, etc.), and while a lot of things are easily purchasable, they are on the pricier end (hair tools, scientific calculator, good foundation, etc.). This list is pretty flexible, but I know it’s nice to have something that allows you to physically check things off as you pack. Feel free to comment down below and let me know if I’m missing anything. College is coming around the corner, so get your parents off your back, and start packing!!!