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Here’s Your College Packing List

Are you ready for your college packing list?

I created this college packing list in 5 easy tips to get you packin’. It’ll get you excited + feeling more prepared to pack up and hit the open road…

+ tiny dorm room.

Summer time for graduating seniors is spending time with their friends, having college orientation, and gathering all the goods that will make the trip to college.

I’m keeping a close eye on my favorite sweaters when Emma starts packing up her stuff for school. again this Fall. It’s cold, scratch that, FREEZING in Minnesota and I’m pretty sure she’s eyeing some of my sweaters.

Target + Bed, Bath, & Beyond start filling their shelves for college shoppers in mid-to-late July. I’ll be sending out my Ultimate College Packing List to my Sparkle Note subscribers. the first week in August. It has everything you can think of to pack in the family truckster.

But if you’re a little like me, and you want to eeeease into this college chapter in little bite-size-oreo chunks…

Then this is how we do it šŸŽ¤šŸŽ§

  • This week I have the 5 college packing list tips {say that 5 times fast}.
  • Next comes the 10 ways to save money when college shopping
  • Then in August, for Sparkle Noters, the Ultimate Packing List
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Now, The Top 5 Tips For your College Packing List

1/ Packing Supply List::

  • Bankers Boxes
  • Few Larger Boxes
  • Drawer units, storage boxes
  • Mover’s stretch plastic wrap
  • Label system or thick-tip Sharpie
  • Trash bags
  • Wheeled duffle or suitcases

2/ Maximize Your Outfits::

Create your “extra looks” by adding layers such as a jacket/sweater/vest or accessory for quick + easy looks day-to-day.

  • Use the trash bags to cover clothes
    • poke small hole on non-open end & slip the trash bags over clothes on hangers.
  • For school supplies, coffee maker, desk lamp…use the banker boxes {stack easy in the car}
  • Wrap any odd-shaped things in the plastic stretch wrap to keep from getting dinged or dirty
  • Label it up! Dorm name, room #, name. If you have upper classmen to help empty your car, you want to be sure your stuff ends up where you do.
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Layers that go together save you closet space that you won’t have

3/ Odds & Ends + Fun Stuff::

This is a big change! Make your space…YOUR space

  • Fun desk things: post-its, fav pens, phone charger, photos…
  • Student necessities:: portable phone charger, cool new phone case, key ring mace spray, comfy sneakers, fav snacks…
  • Scroll Pinterest for ideas to decorate your walls

4/ Shoe-String Budget Shopping::

  • Pick up cute styles similar to Anthropologie, Free People, BP + others on a shoe-string budget at Forever 21
  • Target Dollar Section:: They swap out seasonally and typically follow the school calendar
  • Look online for textbook deals through B&N, Amazon book rentals, campus bookstore

5/ Dorm Shopping Checklist::

The big checklist is coming your way soon! {Did you sign up for Sparkle Notes.?}

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šŸ’–High School Senior + Headshot Photographer

P.S. Do you like the feel of paper? Do you like to check things off a list? I made a printable pdf of these 5 tips too āž¾āž¾ 5 Packing Tips for College

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  1. Emma

    Iā€™m not ready to pack up yet šŸ˜šŸ˜


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