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Bringing too much stuff to college?

thecomisarthecomisar Posts: 2,125Registered User Senior Member
edited June 2008 in College Life
I'm packing all my clothes and stuff I'll be taking to college, and it's going to end up being about 9 boxes, plus one suitcase. Is that way too much stuff? Most of it is clothes. Am I going to have room (in a typical double dorm room) to put all my stuff?
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  • DaFunkDaFunk Posts: 307Registered User Junior Member
    I know that the closets in Keeney Quad are on the larger side. Nine boxes sounds like a lot of clothes though. Maybe you should try to cut back.
  • Cards4LifeCards4Life Posts: 1,211Registered User Senior Member
    When I moved into the dorm I'm currently in back in May, I took two car trips (Pontiac Vibe) and I'm in a single. I don't remember what I brought freshmen year. But I had a lot of awkward sized things too--snowboard, mirror, printer, TV, etc. I had I think 3 suitcases of shirts, shorts, pants, coats, and 2 or 3 small boxes of underwear and socks. The rest of the boxes were books, movies, decorations, souvenirs, stuff for work, food, etc.

    9 boxes should be good for a double. If it's 9 boxes of just clothes--that's overkill. But 2-4 boxes (I'm guessing big boxes?) of clothes and the rest other stuff for the room would be alright.
  • thecomisarthecomisar Posts: 2,125Registered User Senior Member
    It's probably 5 or 6 boxes of clothes and shoes, and the rest personal items and stuff.
  • catsushicatsushi Posts: 1,970Registered User Senior Member
    Realize that you're going to purchase a lot of clothes when you are in college. The nine boxes + the clothes you are going to buy are going to be very difficult to try and bring back home. I say leave half your clothes at home and bring some money for clothes.
  • RacinReaverRacinReaver Posts: 6,598Registered User Senior Member
    I think the only clothing I ever bought while at college were sweatshirts as gifts for various relatives (how original). I did manage to collect about 10-20 free t-shirts during my time there, though.
  • azsxdcazsxdc Posts: 832Registered User Member
    Since I'm going by plane, 2 suitcases. Erm.... so yours is definitely overload, but if you want to and have the MEANS, go for it.
  • RacinReaverRacinReaver Posts: 6,598Registered User Senior Member
    Hey azsxdc, you should check if you're flying Southwest. When I flew out last August they let me check three bags in for free. That meant two stuffed suitcases and one box full of stuff that wasn't eligible for media mail. Of course, I'm making a bit more of a permanent move, so the extra junk might be more necessary for me.
  • ashliehashlieh Posts: 127Registered User Junior Member
    I'm starting college this summer in a six week summer session. Right now I have a large suitcase and a large duffle full of clothing. Is that too much?
  • BronxBombers7BronxBombers7 Posts: 354Registered User Member
    If you'll be going home for Thanksgiving and/or Christmas you should think about saving yourself some hassle and not packing much in the way of winter clothes, and when you go hope bring some shorts and t-shirts home in exchange for more jeans and sweaters.
  • thecomisarthecomisar Posts: 2,125Registered User Senior Member
    Isn't it already going to be freezing by Thanksgiving? (I'm new to the cold weather thing.)
  • OKgirlOKgirl Posts: 2,134Registered User Senior Member
    catsushi wrote:
    Realize that you're going to purchase a lot of clothes when you are in college.
    Does that really apply to everyone? The school I'm transferring to doesn't have anywhere (except for the school clothes in the bookstore) to shop for 50 miles around.
  • redwingshockeyredwingshockey Posts: 348User Awaiting Email Confirmation Member
    ^^ i dont think most people buy a lot of clothes while they are in school
  • catsushicatsushi Posts: 1,970Registered User Senior Member
    ^^Well probably not. But assuming that the OP is female and already has so many boxes of clothing, I'm going to also assume that they enjoy shopping. Also, if the OP is moving to a place with different weather then it would be wiser to buy clothes in that environment.

    Since I'm going across the nation for my college, I'm bringing half my clothes and purchasing more clothes when I'm there (I'm still unsure about what the weather is like in Boston so I'm going to purchase rain boots or what not when necessary).
  • ASCASC Posts: 597Registered User Member
    Honestly, probably. All you'll get at most is a wardrobe and a dresser, and only a dresser if you're lucky.

    If somehow possible, I'd cut it down to no more than 3 boxes (and by boxes, I assume you mean 3.0s) of clothes....But that probably isn't possible, so....good luck, but you'll probably end up hangning a clothesline from your ceiling and stuffing clothes under your bed.....
  • ticklemepinkticklemepink Posts: 2,764Registered User Senior Member
    Seriously, way too much stuff. Pack enough clothes to last you about 10-14 days. I've brought stuff with me to school that can be worn everyday but I just never bothered to actually wear them more than once or twice a semester. Waste of space. Then when you get to college, and you realize you should've brought some more, you can always ask your parents to ship stuff to you. Since you're coming from CA, I am assuming that most of your clothes are jeans, shorts, skirts, and light tops. If so, that's too much. It won't stay above 50 degrees (which is freezing by CA standards) for very long. You'll be shopping for winter clothes by beginning of October and that includes flannel pjs, heavier socks, boots, ski jacket/wool coat, cords, and... sweaters (which take more MORE space).

    I don't think I saw my summer-y clothes again after mid-September until beginning of May! And I went to a school in upstate NY.
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