Autumn is coming! My favourite season – fresh starts, colourful leaves, halloween, bonfire night, crisp air, warm clothes, so much to love! And then there’s the packing for uni. With every suitcase I pack, I find myself torn between the idea of ‘only packing what you really need’ and ‘pack everything just in case you need it’, (I know I should be packing light to fit everything in the car but how bad would I feel if I didn’t pack that extra jumper and then I really need it!). Its torture and I almost always end up following the latter, much to my parent’s annoyance. Is it just me or are there a lot of articles advising you what to bring to uni and not enough advising you not what to bring!
Last year I took FAR too much stuff, I didn’t end up using!
- Clothes that I usually don’t wear – turns out you don’t wear them at uni either! Surprise surprise. I ended up buying lots of new clothes because felt like I was changing faster than my wardrobe.
- Fancy dress clothes and accessories- could have worn these but, in the ‘fresher’ spirit, decided to try something new and made a zombie-rapunzel outfit.
- My A-level geography work – there was no point in bringing this, didn’t even think about it the whole term! Surprisingly though in the 2nd term I could have done with my A level Maths work on statistics, since there is a module all about statistics at about A level standard.
- My printer – didn’t work half the time and took up way too much space on my desk, also for geography I didn’t need to print very much! On the other hand, my friend studying English had a decent printer and used it all the time so for her it was definitely worth it!
- A fancy door stop – Don’t get me wrong you will need a door stop! However don’t spend a lot of money on one because it might prove completely useless. The beautiful looking sack-type ones with the handle that you get for about £10 – 15 proved too lightweight to hold open the heavy doors in my accommodation, so I’d recommend a wedge-type doorstop since this will definitely hold open any door! Mine cost only 30p!
- Wellington boots – I packed these because I thought it would snow come Winter and it didn’t!
- Things to do for fun – Fiction books, craft projects etc. With so much to do at Uni, I never had the time nor intention of using these!
However I did end up buying some things I never thought to bring!
- Suction cup bathroom hooks/basket/soap holder – In my premium single room (See my accommodation post) there very little space on the sink to put things without them falling in, but a huge tile above (see picture below). A friend of mine had bought these ingenious suction cup bathroom items that create so much more space to put your toothbrush and toiletries!
- A rug – definitely not an essential, and does not help with the car-packing situation, but this really helped brighten up my room, make it really cosy, and provide a barrier between me and the not-exactly-new carpet. I also managed to get a really good deal on it in the Dunelm Mill January sales!
- Shallow storage boxes – A couple of these under my bed provided extra storage space for those cleaning products and shoes I didn’t need regularly, and were easy to slide out and access when I needed them.
- Extra towel – Have you ever tried drying yourself on a wet towel because you just washed it and it still hasn’t dried 2 days later? Not fun!
And yet with all this knowledge now of what I should and shouldn’t bring to halls, it appears I am going to go through the same processes to find out what to bring and what not to bring to a privately rented house! A lot of stuff I won’t need, and this time with 2 cars full!