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How many of each article of clothing should I bring to college?

JeSuisJeSuis Posts: 1,924Registered User Senior Member
edited August 2013 in College Life
Sorry if there is already a thread like this, but I'm really just baffled as to how much clothing I should bring to college. I already know that I'm gonna need to buy some new clothes before college, and I really want a target number before I start shopping. I'll be in Northern California and I'm a male, if that helps. Also, how often does the average person do laundry in college?

So how many of each?
Tee-shirts
Dress shirts
Pairs of socks
Underwear
Jeans
Dress pants
Shorts
Light Jackets
Heavy Jackets
Shoes
Anything else you can think of

Thanks!
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Replies to: How many of each article of clothing should I bring to college?

  • rymdrymd Posts: 1,055- Member
    Tee-shirts: x, you can never have too many as long as you think you'd wear it
    Dress shirts: 2
    Pairs of socks: 8-10
    Underwear: 8-10
    Jeans: 2-5
    Dress pants: 1-2
    Shorts: 0-8, depending on weather and how you think of shorts :x
    Light Jackets: 0-1, depending on weather
    Heavy Jackets: 0-1, depending on weather
    Shoes: 3-x, depending on you (don't forget dress shoes, flip flops)

    laundry: should be once a week, some people do once every 2 weeks

    Bring however much you think is reasonable
  • PRiNCESSMAHiNAPRiNCESSMAHiNA Posts: 2,120Registered User Senior Member
    If you want to do laundry every two weeks, you should bring a minimum of 14 pairs of underwear. Most things can be worn more than one time, but underwear is non-negotiable.
  • excelblueexcelblue Posts: 1,840Registered User Senior Member
    I do laundry once every 5 days (under a week), but I have less clothes than the suggested number listed above. Also, I'm the type who doesn't bother to separate color / whites because most of clothes are cheap.

    The above suggestion is a good amount. Dirty clothes take up a bunch of room. Don't be that person who brings a mini-van of clothes and does laundry once per semester.

    Only bring things you regularly wear, and leave all your high school stuff at home. There's plenty of opportunities to get new t-shirts and other clothes.
  • iluvpianoiluvpiano Posts: 1,987Registered User Senior Member
    I'm having a hard time believing how few items of clothing a lot of people on CC say to bring to college. I'm planning to bring a lot more than that, partly because I hate doing laundry and also I'm having a hard time deciding which clothes and shoes to leave behind. I'm a girl btw.
  • JeSuisJeSuis Posts: 1,924Registered User Senior Member
    Should I pick a day of the week to do laundry and stick to it? I'm assuming weekends would be really crowded.
  • AUGirlAUGirl Posts: 2,868Registered User Senior Member
    I'm having a hard time believing how few items of clothing a lot of people on CC say to bring to college. I'm planning to bring a lot more than that, partly because I hate doing laundry and also I'm having a hard time deciding which clothes and shoes to leave behind. I'm a girl btw.

    I am too. I have an entire dresser and closet to use for space in my dorm... and the amounts suggested are like how much I take with me for vacation. (Perhaps I overpack...) I think I'll be taking more. haha.
  • PRiNCESSMAHiNAPRiNCESSMAHiNA Posts: 2,120Registered User Senior Member
    "I'm assuming weekends would be really crowded."

    You might be surprised. My dorm was across the street from a nightclub, and on Friday and Saturday nights, the laundry room was DEAD. It ended up being most convenient for me to do my laundry before going out on a Saturday evening.
  • rymdrymd Posts: 1,055- Member
    If you're driving, it doesn't matter how much you bring. As long as you keep some basic stuff at home so you have basic stuff at home when you go home. If you're flying, remember extra check in bags cost money
  • iluvpianoiluvpiano Posts: 1,987Registered User Senior Member
    I'm planning on bringing enough clothes that I don't have to do laundry more than once a month!
  • Emaheevul07Emaheevul07 Posts: 5,924Registered User Senior Member
    This past year I probably had like 20 shirts (including t shirts, dressy shirts, nice tops, and sweaters), four hoodies, two jackets-- one more casual than the other, one suit, three pairs of jeans, three pairs of shorts, three weeks worth of socks and underwear (a bit excessive, but my grandma kept bringing me more and the flexibility with laundry was convenient), four pairs of sweatpants, two pairs pajama shorts, and two workout outfits. I had a /lot/ of shoes, though. Two pairs of athletic shoes (one for indoors, one for outdoors), two pairs of boots (one fashion, one for snow), two pairs of dress shoes, and lots of sandals.

    I would have had a lot less had I not had ample room for all that. I started out with a lot fewer tops in the Fall, but by springtime in Michigan some days you wear sweaters and winter coats and then the next day you might wear a tank and shorts, so you end up needing a wider variety of clothes at the end of the year. So I brought a lot more up in November that didn't go home again until I moved out.

    I wish I had had more pairs of jeans and more workout clothes. While three weeks worth of socks and underwear was excessive, I strongly suggest two weeks worth if you can manage it. I ONLY had time to sit and do the laundry in one or two time slots a week, and if I was busy or sick in those time slots and missed them, I needed enough underwear to make it until that time next week.
  • rymdrymd Posts: 1,055- Member
    iluvpiano wrote:
    I'm planning on bringing enough clothes that I don't have to do laundry more than once a month!
    Add 'air freshener' to your college packing list.
  • iluvpianoiluvpiano Posts: 1,987Registered User Senior Member
    ^I will.

    Don't worry, I don't wear smelly clothes, I just don't like doing laundry. If you bring enough clothes like for a really long trip, you can avoid that work for a while...Plus, I'll be sad if I have to leave a lot of my clothes at home! I can't decide what to take with!
  • cristilinecristiline Posts: 245Registered User Junior Member
    If you plan on going home before it gets cold, only bring your summer clothes. When you go home, you can bring them back and take your winter clothes to college.
  • Marco117Marco117 Posts: 529Registered User Member
    Understand that you will always leave with more stuff than you bring up with you. You'll buy stuff while you're up at college, probably a few clothes so be sure to factor that in.

    Tee-shirts-You really can't ever have too many. You can wear these anytime and anywhere. Cafeteria, store, class, sleep, etc. Extremely useful
    Dress shirts- 2-3
    Pairs of socks- 10-12
    Underwear- 10-12
    Jeans-5
    Dress pants- 2-3
    Shorts-5
    Light Jackets/Hoodies- 2
    Heavy Jackets- 2
    Shoes- 3-5

    Jackets depend on where you're going to school. If you're farther up north and it snows then obviously you'll need more jackets.

    The shoes depend on if you exercise or not. Lets say 2 pairs to exercise/run around in, 2 dress shoes, and 1 for class or to walk around in.
  • halebophalebop Posts: 1Registered User New Member
    It's really easy to own a lot of clothing especially if you have a job throughout high school and think that clothes are fun to buy. It's fun to add to your closet when you have money in your pocket and the thing your saving for is a while away. Instead of criticizing, maybe you could just answer her question or provide something productive.

    You should be fine if you bring more than enough clothes for two weeks. Like if you want say enough outfits for three or whatever (I really like sweaters and I'm packing enough of them to last like a week on top of all my other tops). You should be just fine as long as you keep your closet organised. I personally would shorten your list, but if you want more clothes, you know you'll wear them and they won't wind up on your floor then bring them!
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