9 Things You Don’t Need To Pack For University
Overpacking is a mistake that every Fresher makes; no matter how organised and efficient you think you are, you will always bring a ton of items to Uni that you don’t need and won’t use. As you’re entering into the unknown and living away from home for the first time, it’s difficult to know what exactly you need and what can be left behind. 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….
A good rule when packing for university, is to ask yourself ‘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 problematic if you’re travelling to uni by plane, where every kg counts. So try your best to leave toiletries behind if you can purchase replacements easily and inexpensively.
- Your Entire Wardrobe
You don’t need to take all your clothes to university. 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 tend to have generous wardrobe space. Furthermore, the majority of your time as a student will be spent in comfortable clothes like loungewear and pyjamas. So, as long as you have a good selection of these, along with a few more presentable outfits, we assure you, you will survive.
- An Iron
An iron is undoubtedly 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, or placing them under your mattress at night to flatten under the weight of your body.
- Luxury Kitchen Supplies
Items like kettles, toasters and microwaves 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. Oh – and an egg cup, which can double up as a shot glass.
- 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 Entire Reading List
Avoid 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
Having your own printer can seem convenient, but unless your course requires you to print a lot of material (most don’t), it 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 ink. And, if your friends find out you have your own printer, you’ll just be swamped with requests from them to ‘just print out one little page’ for them – and all those little favours add up.
Remember the excitement of buying a new schoolbag, pencil case and fancy gel pens for school every September? Even when you get to Uni, the urge to do this doesn’t go away. However, you should resist, 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.
- Your Car
Your car might be a vital part of your daily life 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. In addition, car parking space at universities is often limited and expensive.