Plan For College

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

7 Things NOT to Pack for College

For students (and concerned parents) we offer this what not to pack for college. Why? Just ask any Resident Advisor and he or she will have a story or two to tell about students showing up at move-in with items they should never have brought to college. Usually these items are just impractical but others defy all logic. Here's what not to bring: 

Note: This is geared toward students moving into dormitories who are under the age of 21. 

1. Illegal drugs or alcohol
Here's something important to keep in mind: your dorm room can be inspected during a "fire drill" at any time. It goes without saying that a student caught with illegal drugs or alcohol will be in a heap of trouble – and maybe in custody. 


2. Any electronic items that are against the rules
Some schools outlaw microwaves, coffee pots, hot plates or similar cooking aids. Needless to say, a contraband coffee pot won't land you in as much trouble as that other kind of pot, but you'll probably lose it just the same.

3. Candles or incense
These are almost always against the rules. The ability to start a fire helped separate man from animal – but not necessarily in the crowded quarters known as student housing.  

4. Anything valuable that you don't really need
Sadly, theft is rampant on college campuses. Okay, you do need the laptop, iPad and smartphone, so take precautions. But you don’t need large wads of cash, expensive jewelry or Manolo Blahniks (should you be so fortunate in life as to be able to afford them). Small, highly valuable items have a way of walking off by themselves in group settings – especially the aforementioned Manolos. 

5. Pets
If you really miss your mutt (or cat, lizard, snake, parrot etc.) then Skype with them. But don’t subject them to dorm life. First, your fellow students may be either allergic or terrified. Second, a dorm is not the safest place for an animal who might get lost or – shudder – become the victim of late night drunken antics. 

6. Large speakers, tuners, amplifiers, etc.
Some find it very hipster-like to sport sound systems that were already outmoded when Justin was dating Britney. But they are large, unwieldy and relatively delicate. Stick to your iPod, ear buds and favorite file-sharing program.

7. Automobile
Most urban colleges (and some not so urban) don’t allow freshmen to keep a car on campus or off. If you think you’re the one student who can get away with it, you may not be college material after all.

Author Bio: This guest post was provided by Kevin Hagan of Transit Systems, a national residential and commercial long distance moving company. TSI specializes in furniture shipping, but offers many shipping services.


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