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Campus Living: What Not to Pack When Heading to the Dorms

Crib Notes

Sidestep common packing blunders with these recommendations from Carl LoConte.

  • Talk to roommates in advance about who will bring what, or you might end up with doubles or triples of the same item.
  • Find out what is in the room, from futons to full-length mirrors. Ask the housing office before hauling over something that may already be there.
  • Don't take every single item needed for nine months. The dorm's community center probably loans appliances like vacuums, and students can always borrow from their peers. And skip the full wardrobe; kids can swap seasonal clothes when they go home for breaks.
  • Avoid bringing prohibited items, like candles—they'll have to be thrown away or sent back with parents.