How To Pack For Uni? The Essential Edition

The thought of packing for uni is creeping up closer and closer, and all you can think about is:

How/What do I take with me?

Whether you’re excited, nervous or just can’t wait to get away from home, deciding what comes with you and what is a worry everyone has. So here’s a few tips help you through the process:

  1. Cardboard boxes:

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    Being able to group things into boxes is super helpful. It makes packing up the car easier and saves time on unpacking once you arrive. If you get the flat-pack ones they’re easily folded down to fit in any student halls. Plus if you’re slightly OCD like me then there’s something so satisfying about having a box for kitchen stuff, box for books, ect…

  2. Indoor shoes:

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    Weather they’re slipper socks, flip flops or regular slippers having a comfy footwear really gives any accommodation a homely feel. They’re even more useful when rolling out of your bed on a weekend to fetch your morning coffee and going into the shared kitchen. You never know what you’ll find on the floor.

  3. Door wedge:

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    If you are in a shared flat having one of these literally opens up doors for you. Particularly in the first week when you’re trying to meet and get to know your flatmates (top tip: it’s also nice to offer cupcakes to gain brownie points). Later in the year it’s also a clear ‘do not disturb’ sign when you’re trying to revise as having the door closed can be a bit of a hint.

  4. Plastic folders / wallets:

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    You will need these! There are numerous pieces of paper you will end up having; information regarding moving into halls, enrolment, Freshers and matriculation. You’ll want to keep them all together to refer to during your first week. Plus they’re also useful for handing in any coursework you may have

  5. Calendar / Diary:

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    Yes, so you can keep track of those dreaded deadlines and exams. And if you’re prone to homesickness sometimes a countdown as to when you can next see family can give you a pick me up when needed.

  6. Dress up clothes / costumes:


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    It’s inevitable there will be an event at some point during your uni experience (Freshers, Halloween, Society events) that will involve some sort of fancy dress.
    Be prepared, even something simple as black face paint can make any set of clothes into a costume. It’ll be saving you money and time.

The most important thing to remember is that you will most likely over pack the first time you go to uni, don’t worry you’ll get the hang of it by your last year…

Good luck, and from the rest of us here at Tea Break, enjoy freshers week and your first year!

Bex Woods

 

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