Sunday, August 9, 2009

College Packing Tips Round 2 and a discount code!

So I have been thinking for a few days on how to go about doing my second installment of my college packing tips and I decided it would be best to give you a few tips, that I think are crucial for all college students. Especially tips on things that you would probably not even think about. I also decided that since I am not due to move in to my dorm until August 22, I can't really show you pictures of the clothes- packing process, however, I will try to explain it, and then come that week, I will put pictures up of the process!

This first tip is something that I think is REALLY important. Stock up on small gift items that any girl/hostess would like. I say this because you don't know who you may become friends with, or what kind of party/even you might attend. Having small gifts on hand can be great for giving your new roommate, a girl that you just met's birthday is coming up, or a girl in your sorority is hosting a small dinner get together at her apartment. This shows people that you care, and really can make them feel special when they are so far away from home on a special day. I got a lot of the stuff pictured from Michael's in the dollar baskets, and then I have some hand soap, my favorite mascara, some lip balm, hostess napkins, and fun little gift bags that aren't for a certain occassion.

Here is a picture of little things that you think are obvious, but I forgot them!
-Small sewing kit
- pepper spray
- whistle (sounds funny, but in all seriousness I suggest it)
- book light
- chip clips
- a multi-purpose tool
- kleenex cover
- compact hole punch
- lap top travel case

Bring medicine!!! I am a rather healthy person, I work out, eat somewhat healthily, wash my hands, have very good hygiene, and try to get plenty of sleep; however, I got sick my first semester of school about 4 times. No kidding, about once a month I was sick, it was really awful. So I suggest stocking up on:
- Advil
-Dayquil/ Nyquil
- Cough drops
-Ecinachea (herbal supplement, known to improve your immune system, I think it works!)
- A daily multivitamin, or something with a large dose of vitamin C
-Claritin OTC
-Loperamide Hydrochloride Tablets (for diarrhea, gross I know, but handy)

The picture to the right really says it all. However, last year, I was unable to use one of these great inventions because our door was a fire safe door which means that you can't put anything in the cracks of the doors and the closet door was too small for something that takes up an entire full-sized door. Check into what door space will be available to you, and get your closet's dimensions like I said in the last post, because you can find a smaller version shoe rack that will fit on a small closet door.

While we are on the shoe subject, bring slippers!!! The floors truly, are gross to me no matter how you scrub them down. Your feet will get dirty from the ground and that is just gross, so get some really cute slippers so your feel are nice and warm and clean! The people from Daisy & Dot are offering my readers 10% off when you use the coupon code: swcpn1 at checkout.. They have really cute preppy slippers, and other "monogrammable" things to use in your dorm room!

Now for the clothes. I have so much clothing that all of my closets/storage space in my own room at home are bursting at the seams. I actually didn't sleep nights before I left for college because I was so worried about the closet space and how I was going to fit all of my beloved clothes in my dorm with me. Well, it worked. I made it work; you have to though, right? I suggest you get 2 large plastic drawer bins for under your bed. These drawer bins are where I store sweatpants, sweatshirts, undergarments, heavy sweaters, and socks. All of these items take up a large amount of drawer space so that is why I put them under the bed. (the picture to the left is my closet from last year, it was before I discovered even better organizing ways!)

For your chest of drawers, get a roll of cute wrapping paper, and use it to line the drawers. Only fold things that don't wrinkle easily. I also suggest you group the drawers by type of clothing. This meaning that you put your short sleeve "foldables" in one drawer, your long sleeve in another, your lighter sweaters or polos in another drawer.

For your closet where you get to hang things, first hang everything that absolutely must be hung such as a silk dress, or an oxford shirt. Then go for the things that need to be hung, but if necessary can be folded. I like to hang my clothes by color, it makes picking out an outfit much easier

For the bottom of your closet I would put either your shoes all lined up in pairs, or get a pretty basket bin for your dirty laundry.

Hang your Jackets on plastic hooks. I placed my plastic hooks on the inside of my closet door, and on the wall behind the head of my bed, out of sight.

I hope these tips help all of you college students out. Again, I'm no expert, but I really think these tips are tested and true, and I 100% recommend them! In September, I would love to have a Share Your Dorm Week where I feature a different dorm room or apartment each day where you tell us how you personalized your room to make it your own! If you think you would like to participate, e-mail me at!


Gracie Beth said...

This is such a great post, I may do a back to school essentials post next week.

Anonymous said...

Hi, even though I am done with the college life (booo) I am totally going to make a little emergency kit for my purse and car! great post!

Gerri Ward said...

Wow! You need to write a book on College Packing, this is incredibly helpful!!! I wish I had your tips when I went off to College!

Rachel said...

I am so jealous! I loved my time in college, and wish I was getting to go back with all my friends!

garden state prep said...

You're so organized! And underbed boxes are amazing - I used them all through college and in my first post-college apartment. Also hanging things in the closet by color makes getting ready so much easier.

Southern Champagne Wishes said...

Thanks for the sweet comments on my blog and for the follow! I adore your blog as well (love the header) and this is a great post! It makes me wish I hadn't already graduated! I am becoming a follower!

Christina said...

I just found your blog and wanted to say hello! I graduated from college in 06 and am now a ZTA alum! :) Enjoy it!!!! This post makes me miss college!

Rachel said...

Your packing tips are awesome!! Umm, where were you when I was in school!?!? :P

Unknown said...

sCe go to bed, bath, & beyond and buy their version of the "Huggable Hangers" they are AMAZING and you will be able to store more in your closest because they don't take up much room. Also from B.B.&B. I got "Wonder Hangers" and they actually work so I suggest you look into them!!

Anonymous said...

I loved reading this post and so glad you made this a feature on your blog :) I am moving into my first house with several girlfriends from my sorority on August 22nd as well and we are all very excited about it. Can't wait to read more!

Kate said...

I am going to look for photos from my dorm rooms. I would love to see how people decorate


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