When I was a fresher, I had some serious packing problems! I felt I needed to pack up my entire life and bring it with me to fit into my small Lasdun room, so I definitely wish I had someone telling me what I did and didn’t need, so I thought would compile a short list to help any other over packers out there!
- DO bring plenty of things to make your room super homely. Most rooms in halls aren’t going to look the nicest, unless you’re in jofo, so you’ll have to make do by bringing things to make it look nicer and like its your own. I always went cliché with fairy lights and throws, and bring lots of photos from home for your pin board.
- DO bring colourful cutlery. Seems really weird, but cutlery always goes missing and I always end every year with only one fork left. People like to use them and not wash up so to avoid that problem make sure your cutlery stands out so you can name and shame anyone using your cutlery and make them wash them up.
- DO steal any of your parents unwanted alcohol. As a fresher you will almost always be in need of more alcohol, and that stuff is expensive. I learnt to bring all my moms unwanted wine back with me when I moved back into my flat, so I always had a stash for when I was feeling especially poor or fancied a spontaneous night out.
- DON’T bring your entire wardrobe. I make this mistake every time and having to lug a huge suitcase around is never fun (its also very difficult to store in your room). I only ever used to wear 30% of the clothes I had in my uni wardrobe so its best to pick the things you know you’ll wear daily and then plenty of going out items.
- DON’T bring all your nice mugs. I’m a sucker for a cute mug, before uni I bought a couple myself and was also gifted some from family. But I found once the two weeks of freshers ended, they had all gone missing. You’ll always feel tempted to use them for pre’s when you can’t be bother to wash up your glasses and then leave them in someone elses block and never see them again.
- DON’T bring a ridiculous amount of pots and pans, chances are your flatmates are all going to be bringing pots and pans themselves so to avoid having 20 saucepans crammed into your kitchen only take a couple, and then share with your flatmates if you need anymore.