Fashion

Pack like a pro

You’re off to the dorm or your first apartment. But what to take? Your course schedule may be full but here are some tips to lighten your luggage


Pack like a pro
You’re off to the dorm or your first apartment. But what to take? Your course schedule may be full but here are some tips to lighten your luggage

Image and t-shirts courtesy of Johnny Cupcakes. (www.johnnycupcakes.com)

1. Clothing: if you haven’t worn it in two years, leave it behind. You don’t need your entire footwear collection, Carrie Bradshaw. It’s all about paring down and choosing your best essentials.
Tip: Stuff socks inside shoes and line the edges of your case with the shoes.

2. Separate your clothing by seasons. Only take one season at a time (with a few out of season items just in case.) Switch when you visit home at the end of the semester or mail back in boxes when the season ends. 
Suitcase Tip: Save space by rolling t-shirts and jeans. This will help prevent wrinkling as well.

3. Take three weeks worth of clothing. This will be just enough so you are not constantly doing laundry but hopefully not bringing everything your closet has to offer.
Suitcase Tip: Take extra bras, underwear and socks.

4. Lifestyle check. Are you a jeans and t-shirt person? Be realistic about your time and what you wear most often. Don’t bother filling your case with items that require lots of ironing or are too dressy for everyday. If you’re not Miss Martha then try taking items that are comfortable and low maintenance.

5. Two sets of bedding. You’ll want to have something to alternate with when one is in the laundry.

6. Towels, toiletries, a shower caddy and flip-flops* to take to the showers.
*We cannot stress this enough!

7. And finally, don’t take anything you wouldn’t want your roommate to borrow…or
anything you wouldn’t want your roommate to see.