The DO’s and DON’Ts of Packing for College

Posted on Jun 11th, 2015 | College


Moving to college can be overwhelming for any freshman, or parent of a freshman, but you can make move-in less stressful and more enjoyable with these DO’s and DON’Ts of packing for college. 

DO: Wait until you are all moved in to buy food and toiletries. Focus on moving the essentials from home, like your clothes. Then pick up your everyday items from a local store. This will save space in your car and let you decide what you really need once you see your actual room.

DON’T: Bring your entire closet. Take clothes that you will wear up until Fall Break, even clothes that you can layer. You never know when there will be an extremely hot day in September or a freezing cold day in the beginning of October.

DO: Over pack when it comes to undergarments. If you don’t like doing laundry or don’t know how (don’t worry, you’re not alone) extra undergarments will be your best friend. 

DON’T: Bring all of your books from home. Bring a few of your favorites or invest in a Kindle, Nook or iPad. These are also useful for e-textbooks!

DO: Bring shower shoes. Just do it. Please. 

DON’T: Spend all your money the first semester. You probably received money for graduation and it may seem like a lot today, but if you’re not careful it’s easy to spend it too quickly. Open an account with Purdue Federal Credit Union and you’ll have a local financial institution that’s on campus and even convenient for you after graduation with shared branching. Use the alerts feature on our mobile app or talk to one of our financial counselors (for free!) and they can help you establish a budget that fits your lifestyle. 

DO: Bring two sets of Twin-XL sheets, more than one pillow, a mattress pad and blankets. You’ll want your room to be a comfortable home away from home.

DON’T: Forget your running shoes. You have an amazing place to work out and a beautiful campus to take in. Staying active is a great way to make new friends and avoid the dreaded “Freshman 15”.

DO: Bring pictures. A little piece of home is nice to have when you’re someplace new. It’s okay to miss your friends and family back home, and seeing pictures of them can help if you’re having a bad day. 

DON’T: Bring a lot big furniture. It would be a pain to move big, heavy furniture into your room with 1500 other people moving in, plus chances are you don’t know how you want your room set up. But if you do bring furniture, loft your bed to keep your room from feeling smaller and crowded. The average size of a dorm room is 12ft x 19ft, utilize the space!

DO: Bring an umbrella, rain jacket, and rain boots. Weather is so unpredictable here AND they actually make cute, trendy rain gear now. Bring it and you won’t regret it.  

DON’T: Wait until the night before you leave to pack.  Enjoy your last night at home. Spend it with friends and family. This also helps reduce stress on move in day!

DO: Make a checklist. Moving to college can be stressful and the last thing you want to do is forget something at home. Sit down and think about everything you would need, or look up a college packing checklist online. These are everywhere. Some stores provide them to take with you while you’re shopping. Bed Bath & Beyond has one that you can check online, print off, or get in stores! 

DON’T: Stress. This is an exciting time in your life and sometimes move-in day sets your mood for the weekend or remainder of that week. You may be upset about leaving home for the first time, but it’s all worth it. Having a positive move-in day will help you enjoy the rest of your college experience! 
By Courtney Dunk
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