While packing up my Tufts freshman dorm at the end of the semester, I realized (with the glorious benefit of hindsight) that I overpacked. A lot.
I knew that Tufts rooms are spacious—an excuse I used frequently to justify the tea strainer never touched or the glittery elephant head that would be “a cool dorm decoration”. I’m not saying that room style is not important. It’s just that packing for college should be strategic.
My friends going off to college in the fall ask what I wish I would have done differently with college packing and my dorm, so here’s my list to go from overpacking newbie to packing expert:
Since I’m from California, I didn’t have the luxury of throwing all my belongings in the back of the family car and driving to school. When I flew back to school, I borrowed big duffel bags from family and friends so that I could minimize the number of bags I took. Lots of stores have “order and hold” type policies, which allowed me to order the items at my local location and pick them up in Boston. Flying to school just requires more planning but was much easier than anticipated.
Most of all, take a deep breath. If you need it later, you can buy it later. You don’t have to have EVERYTHING so do your best but don’t worry about getting every single little thing. Good luck!