Avoid over packing by leaving behind these 9 things that you won't need at university!
No matter how organised and efficient you think you are, when it comes to preparing for university, even the most prepared and diligent Fresher will fall victim to one main mistake – over packing.
Every new student does it. As you’re entering into the unknown and living away from home for the first time, it’s incredibly difficult to know exactly what to take with you. You’ll therefore inevitably pack and ton of items for uni, that you don’t need and won’t ever use.
And while there are plenty of useful ‘what to take to uni checklists’ out there that can provide you with guidance, sometimes it’s far more practical to know what you DON’T need to take with you on your new adventure….
1. Your Entire Wardrobe
Yes, every new student wants to have plenty of outfit choices to make a good first impression and for all the nights out, but emptying your entire wardrobe into your luggage should be avoided. University halls and student accommodation don’t often have generous wardrobe space.
A good rule when packing for university, is to ask ‘can I buy this when i get there?’ and if the answer is yes, 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.
3. An Iron
An iron is without doubt the most pointless and unnecessary item in a student home. You’ll simply never use it. 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.
4. Luxury Kitchen Supplies
Kettles, toasters, microwaves and other essential kitchen appliances will usually be provided for you 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.
5. 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.
6. Your Entire Reading List
Resist the temptation to buy your entire recommended reading list 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.
7. 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.
9. Your Car
Your car might be a vital part of your daily existence back home but it won’t be as necessary when you get to university. Most universities are centrally located within walking distance of everything and public transport is usually pretty efficient.
Remember that you can always buy supplies whilst at universities, shop online for anything you feel you need but didn't pack or ask your parents to send items to your university address!
Lana Richardson is a blog editor for UniBaggage.com - The No 1 Student Shipping Company.