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6 Things You DON’T Need To Pack For College

There’s no doubt about it; packing for college is tough. You have the job of sorting through all of your worldly belongings and figuring out what you’ll need to help you survive an entire academic year on your own. And, if you’ve never previously lived away from home for an extended period of time, knowing exactly what you need is almost like a guessing game.

Thankfully, there is an abundance of helpful “what to bring to college” guides to be found online which can give you a clearer idea of what you’re going to need when you arrive on campus. However, we understand that there’s not always a one-size-fits-all checklist for every single student; as everyone’s college and living experiences are totally different.

Therefore, to give you an even more practical approach to your college packing, we’ve put together a list of things you DON’T need to bring with you. That way, you can narrow down all of your worldly belongings to the real necessities and save some space in your luggage.

Though remember, if you arrive at college and realise you have infact left something important behind, student shipping services such as Uni Baggage can have it delivered to you super quickly and at a low cost.

1. Every single piece of clothing you own.

We get it, you want to have plenty of outfit choices to make a good first impression at college. But you don’t make the mistake of bringing every single piece of clothing you own. Primarily because, unfortunately, dorm rooms don’t tend to have generous wardrobe space. Like, at all. So, instead of emptying the entirety of your closet into your luggage and calling it a day; try to be more practical with your clothes. (And remember, you’ll likely spend about 80% of your time in loungewear, anyway).

2. Kitchen appliances.

Items such as toasters and microwaves can be left behind, as these types of kitchen appliances will likely be provided for you at college (however, it’s always a good idea to double-check this with your college directly, just in case). That said, you should pack a few basic kitchen items, such as your own cups and utensils. You can always wait until you actually arrive at college before buying bigger items (such as frying pans, plates, etc) as they can take up a lot of space in your luggage.

3. A printer.

We get it, college printers can seem overpriced and it’ll feel like they’re eating away at your printer credits like it’s nobody’s business. Nevertheless, there’s still no need to bring your own printer. Believe it or not, using college printers is cost-effective because buying more printer credits is still cheaper than purchasing ink. Not to mention the fact that the last thing you want is to be bombarded with requests from friends asking you to print materials for them. Trust us, all of those little favours add up and you’ll be paying for it.

4. Your entire reading list.

We’re going to let you in on a little secret; not all of the textbooks on your reading list are actually worth purchasing. Not before your course actually starts, anyway. They are (painfully) expensive and will undoubtedly take up a lot of your luggage space. Instead of buying them all in one go and regretting it later; wait until you start your course and decide from there which ones you absolutely need to purchase. But don’t forget, you can always visit your college library and see if they are available there.

5. Stationary.

If stocking up on new stationary isn’t one of the most exciting aspects of starting your first semester at college, we’re not quite sure what is. However, save yourself the money, because you’ll be able to pick up plenty of freebies during your introductory weeks at college. Who doesn’t love freebies? Furthermore, it’s actually much more efficient to take notes on your laptop or tablet device anyway. That way, you won’t have to worry about organising your notes, or worse, losing them when it comes time to study.

6. Toiletries.

You should bring any personal medication with you for your move to college. However, basic toiletries such as shampoos, conditioners, soaps and shower gel can be easily acquired once you actually arrive at college. They take up a ton of space in your luggage, and if you’re travelling to college on a flight, strict airline baggage allowances might end up costing you more than it’s worth.

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