Overpacking is a mistake that every Fresher makes. No matter how organised and prepared you think you are, when it comes to packing for university, you’re almost guaranteed to take a ton of items that you don’t need and won’t ever use.
It’s an easy thing to do; as you’re moving away from home for the first time, it’s incredibly difficult to know exactly what you’ll need to survive an entire year.
Of course there are plenty of useful ‘what to take to uni checklists’ out there that can provide you with great guidance, however, as every student’s experience is vastly different, sometimes it’s far more practical to know what you DON’T need to take with you on your new adventure….
8 Things You Don’t Need To Pack For University
- All Your Clothes
Yes, every new student wants to have plenty of outfit choices to make a good first impression, but emptying your entire wardrobe into your luggage should be avoided. University halls and student accommodation don’t often have generous wardrobe space. Plus, the majority of your time will be spent in loungewear and pyjamas, so make sure you make comfortable clothing a top priority.
When packing for university, a great rule is to ask ‘can I buy this when i get there?’ and if the answer is yes and you can easily purchase a replacement when you arrive at uni, then leave the item behind. Toiletries can almost always stay at home. Bottles of shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and beauty products can take up a lot of space and weight in your luggage, which is especially inconvenient if you’re travelling to uni by plane, where every kilo counts.
- An Iron
Ask any student and they will confirm that an iron is without doubt the most pointless and unnecessary item in a student home. Either you’ll stop caring about wrinkled clothes or you’ll find ‘inventive’ ways to straighten them out – like bringing them into the bathroom whilst showering and letting the steam do the work.
- Luxury Kitchen Supplies
Essential kitchen appliances like kettles, toasters and microwaves will usually be provided in student halls or accommodation. Luxury items such as toastie makers, coffee machines or rice cookers probably won’t, but they should be left at home, as if you’re sharing a kitchen, damage or even theft could occur. Try to pack just a few basic items, like a couple of plates, some cutlery, a saucepan, frying pan, a couple of bowls, plates and mugs. Again, if you find there’s something you need, you can easily buy the item in a supermarket when you get there.
- Old School Books and Notes
We know you want to be a prepared and conscientious student, with loads of study material to keep you focused, but it’s best to leave all your old school books and notes behind. At university, all students start afresh, so the vast majority of your old notes and folders will be irrelevant. The smartest option is to leave all your school books at home and if it turns out that there’s something you absolutely need, you can use a cheap courier or a student shipping service to deliver it to you.
- Your Recommended Reading List
Every university course will have a recommended reading list packed full of books that you’re advised to purchase to prepare for your studies. Resist the temptation to buy any of these titles before starting uni. Not only are these books heavy and take up a lot of luggage space, but it could be a waste of money as you won’t need every single one of them. Wait until you’ve started your course and decide which books you absolutely need to purchase, which can be borrowed from the library and which can just be ignored.
- A Printer
Unless your course requires you to print a lot of material (most don’t), having your own printer will be pointless and you’ll be bombarded with requests from friends asking if you could ‘just print one little page’ for them. The university’s own printers will be just as handy and more cost effective; if you do run out of printer credits, buying more is still cheaper than getting your own ink cartridge.
Avoid splurging on a ton of fancy new stationery because when you arrive at university and attend the Fresher’s fairs and events, you’ll be able to pick up enough free pens, USB sticks and notepads to last you a lifetime.
Written by Lana Richardson, blog editor for UniBaggage.com – The No 1 Student Shipping Company.