And so after years of attending elementary, junior and senior high school, the long wait is over.
Youâ€™re finally now off to college!
But before you get all excited about the bright academic future waiting for you, take a moment to assess yourself. Are you all prepped up for the big move?
Packing your things up for college is, without a doubt, a daunting task to accomplish. Like, how can your entire life fit into bags and boxes? Well, the answer isâ€¦ It canâ€™t.
Remember, youâ€™re not going away to another country or forever, youâ€™ll just be miles away from home. So bringing almost all of your possessions wonâ€™t be necessary. You really only need a few things and not your entire closet.
Not sure about what to bring? Not a problem! We got you covered!
Hereâ€™s a comprehensive checklist of what you should bring for the big move.
Again, itâ€™s clothing needs, which means you only have to pack what you need. Most likely, youâ€™ll know which of your clothes youâ€™ll need to pack. But just in case that youâ€™re a bit unsure, here are the basics:
- Clothes/Coat hangers (to hang polos or dresses, or other formal-ish clothes)
- Everyday clothes (to wear to school or in your dorm)
- Underwear (duh)
- Pajamas (to get comfy at night)
- Formal/Professional outfits (for formal school events)
- Semi-formal clothes (for social gatherings)
- Seasonal garments and accessories (especially for summer and winter)
- Bathing suits (in case you go to the beach or attend a pool party)
- Gym bag and clothes (if you decide to get fit in college)
- Costumes (for themed parties)
- Shoes (that go with the clothes youâ€™ll bring, of course)
Dorm Room Items
You should be aware that a majority, if not all, of college dorm rooms are already furnished with all you needâ€“a desk, chair, bed, table, etc. So generally, you donâ€™t really have to go all out in providing furniture and fixtures in your dorm room. But donâ€™t forget to confirm first if itâ€™s really furnished. Otherwise, youâ€™ll end up living at a bare place. Nonetheless, make sure to pack these things:
- Mattress protector
- Pillows and pillowcases
- Linens and sheets
Check what your college dorm kitchen already has, or if there even is one. Most do have a lot of kitchen supplies, but here are some of the more useful ones:
- Plates and bowls
- Reusable food containers
- Can opener
- Water filter
- Travel mug
- Bottle opener
Itâ€™s always better to choose a dorm with a private bathroom inside your room, but if youâ€™ll be sharing a communal one, trust us, you should never forget to bring your own things:
- Toothbrush holder
- Towels (for face, hands, and body)
- Shower shoes
Yep, youâ€™ll be doing your laundry. Still excited to move away for college? Of course, you are. Letâ€™s get that spirit kicking! Anyway, donâ€™t forget to bring these things:
- Drying rack
- Sewing kit (youâ€™ll never know when youâ€™ll need it, and youâ€™ll regret you didnâ€™t bring one)
- Quarters (always make sure to have your spare change)
- Mini iron and ironing board
Toiletries and Medical supplies
While we will never know what may happen in the future, itâ€™s best to be prepared just in case of emergencies, especially medical ones. Include these in your stuff:
- Allergy medicine
- Aspirin or other pain relievers
- Antiseptic wipes
- First aid kit
- Birth control pills
- Insect repellent
- Menstrual pain medication
- Personal prescription medicine
- Nail clippers
- Tampons/sanitary pads
- Contacts, solution, and case
- Hair ties
- Bobby pins
Weâ€™re quite a bit sure youâ€™ll never forget the items listed here, but well, just in case:
- Cellphone and charger
- Laptop and charger
- Cable organizer
- Extension cords
- External hard drive
- Cable adapters
- Ethernet cable, HDMI cable
Never leave your house without taking these documents that will surely be super important for your move to college. Organize them together in a water-proof, secure file or folder. Also, donâ€™t forget to make photocopies of the most essential ones.
- Copy of birth certificate
- Student ID
- Financial aid documents
- Bank documents
- Credit/debit card
- Copy of Social Security card
- Driverâ€™s license
- Health/dental insurance cards
You wouldnâ€™t want to have to call your parents from them to bring these to you. Although, of course, they can always mail you what you forget. Make sure to tell your parents to ask the shipping company of what and what not to mail to you.
Every company will have different rules, so itâ€™s best if they get a great college moving company to bring you the stuff you werenâ€™t able to bring with you overnight.
Thereâ€™s a huge possibility that youâ€™ll be buying most of your academic needs after you move. But here are some of the things you should have first:
- Pens and pencils
- Index cards
- Sticky tape
- Sticky notes
- Stapler and staples
- Paper clips
These are some things that you may want to bring if you have the extra space, but not totally required to do so:
- Safety pins
- Handheld vacuum
- Photos of family/friends
- Wall mirror/full-length mirror
- Throw blankets/cushions for decoration
- Fairy lights for decoration
- Beach towel
- Books, magazines, and novels
- Sports equipment
- Fake plants for decoration
- Bulletin board/dry-erase board
Going away to college is a mix of various emotions, as well as the things you need to do before the first day. Things to do like packing your essential stuff. The key is to list them all down (the items above, specifically), and check it twice, since you don’t want to forget one, whether you’re moving nearby to another city or heading overseas.
And if you need help with the boxes and shipping, donâ€™t hesitate to call in the professionals! All thatâ€™s left to think about is, are you ready for the first day of freshman year?