Being a teenage girl, my belief was that I needed to bring my entire room with me or my chance of survival was slim. As you can imagine, this created a space-related dilemma.
First of all, gather all of the clothes that you want to bring into a pile.
Done? Good. Now cut that pile in half.
I promise you, you won’t have the space, or the desire, to bring those couple of outfits you only kind of wear sometimes. It’s not worth it. You don’t need 5 dresses to party in. Two will be sufficient. You don’t need to bring all of your running shoes with you either. Two pairs are plenty.
You have to think that you will be sharing a room with another person; a very small room at that. The last thing you want to do is start an argument with your new roommate because you need more closet space for the excessive amount of clothing you brought with you.
The next thing is utilities and stuff. You don’t know how much space you’re truly going to have until you get there. You don’t need to necessarily bring the coffee maker and the printer with you, but if you get unpacked and you discover that you have some extra room for things like that, then have your parents drive you to the nearest Target to get whatever you think you need. Contrary to popular belief, you really don’t need a lamp. The only reason you may need one, is if your roommate is asleep, and you are trying to study.
A lot of students have trouble studying in their room anyway, they would much rather do their work in the library or something. Chances are, a lamp will just be another one of those things that takes up room on your desk. A good technique is to buy everything that you need when you get there (food, storage containers, even your bedding).It’s a lot easier than trying to pack everything in the car. Also, it gives you a chance to see where the nearest stores are for when you need groceries, or school supplies.
Bringing everything in the world with you is definitely not the best choice, because if you take that road, you may have to part with it and send it back home with your parents. Clothes, maybe a couple of pictures of friends and family, and your laptop are all that you need to pack.
Check out this cool video on some of the most commonly forgotten things for college: