Pack in Advance
1-2 weeks before – 1-2 hours a day
There is nothing more daunting then sitting in your room surrounded by clothes, books, food, bags and having no idea where to start. So to try and make this task more manageable try start packing the week before.
Split the packing into bite size chucks and dedicate an hour a day. Start with the clothes you most likely won’t wear in the upcoming week, your cutlery, cleaning supplies, books, stationary etc.
This way by the day before you leave you will have the bulk of your packing complete.
Pack an overnight bag
Make sure that you have all of your essentials easily accessible in an overnight bag. Just in case you don’t finish unpacking everything at once this bag will ensure you don’t have to rummage around all of your bags looking for your toothbrush.
What to pack?
- Change of clothes
- Phone charger
- Essential toiletries
- Warm jacket
Make a checklist
Do not underestimate the power of a strategic checklist. This will ensure that you don’t forget any of the essentials that you will need like dishwashing liquid, a sponge or your laptop charger.
Be clever about your checklist and break it down into categories.
- Cleaning supplies
- Desk essentials
- Kitchen necessities
- Dorm items
Make sure to write your check list before you start packing, you can always add things you forget as you go. Make 3 columns for your checklist; a column for packing it into bags and a column for packing it into the car and one more for once you have unpacked it. That way you won’t leave anything behind and will know once you have unpacked everything you have.
Use your space wisely
Instead of packing all of your things into multiple different suitcases and bags, try get clever about what you use to pack. Find items that you have to bring along with you that can be used as storage space.
So fill your laundry basket with bedding, pack your university backpack with your books and stationary, fill your snack containers and prepack any boxes you use for storage in your room.
If all of these storage bags and boxes along with your suitcase aren’t enough to house all your stuff, try buying storage containers. They are stackable, easy to carry and can be placed under your dorm bed during the term. Try Mumbo’s for plastic containers.
Keep your clothes on hangers
This last tip will save you huge amounts of time and it is really simple. All you need are a couple of black plastic bags and elastic bands. Instead of packing all your clothes in bags and then needing to unpack and hang your clothes once you arrive, you can simply leave your clothes on their hangers.
Group your hangers into categories such as shirts, pants, jackets etc and place each group into your DIY garment bag (black plastic bag with hole at the top). Just make a hole in the bottom centre of the bag to stick the hooks through and then hold the hangers together with an elastic band.
Now you have easy to transport garment bags that you can unpack straight into your cupboard.