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Essentials to remember when packing for Uni.

Updated: Dec 20, 2023

Heading off to university is an exciting and life-changing experience. You’re taking those first steps of independence, a new chapter and adventure. You’re going to be learning a bunch of new things as well as creating long-life memories. When moving to your accommodation, you’ll require some planning to make sure you have all your essentials and to make the transition as smooth as possible! We hope that after reading this blog, you’ll know the essentials of packing for your university adventure.

Soft Bedding and Linens

First up is bedding and linens. You would be surprised, but it is actually something that many students overlook when moving to university. You want some cosy bedding for you to crash onto when you’ve just submitted your assignment or when you’ve had one too many brewskies! You’ll want some bed sheets, covers, pillowcases and a duvet cover. You might also want to add some cushions for extra comfort too. Don’t forget to pack some towels, you’ll need extras when the other towels are in the wash.

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Kitchenware and Appliances

We all know this would be coming, kitchenware, as you’ll be cooking! Whether you have experience in the kitchen or not, it's beneficial to have some kitchenware necessities to start with. Just start with the basics like plates, bowls, cutlery, mugs, and glasses. Just think about the meals you’ll be cooking, and then you’ll know what appliances you need. Shop online for some discounted deals on saucepans and oven dishes to save some money as they can be quite expensive! Some people even go to the extent of their own kettle, now that’ll be handy for your pot noodles.

Clothes for all Occasions and Footwear

Next on the list is clothing. Don’t just think of your everyday clothes, think about the clothes you’ll need for the different seasons. It’s a good idea to be prepared for anything, so bring a variety of options, including clothes for your course, for work, going out and even for interviews. When packing, our wardrobe boxes are a great way to store your clothes and stops them from getting creased in boxes!

Electronics and Chargers

Now everyone has electrical gadgets. You need to gather the ones you’ll be needing and then see if you have space for the gadgets you want. For your course, is it essential to have your own laptop, for portable studying and for your classes? Think about the small electronics like your headphones, you can zone into your own world when studying without any distractions. And above all, the chargers and leads you’ll need for your gadgets! Consider some tape to gather your individual wires together, making it easier to handle and unpack.

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Personal Items and First Aid

You want to designate a box for your personal items. Examples of these items include your medication, glasses, and toiletries. Think about the products and items you use daily and regularly. It’s even a good idea to get yourself a small first aid kit and repair kit, for those times in need and you’ve got yourself covered. Another idea is having an emergency box/bag. This is an emergency stash of the essentials you might need like paracetamol, mints, chocolate, an energy drink, some coffee sachets, and some herbal tea bags. When you use an item from this stash, you must replace it. This makes your emergency stash always ready for when you need it.

Study Supplies and Books

To point out the obvious, you need your study supplies. Making sure you’re prepared for your academic journey. Whether that includes notebooks, pens, highlighters, and sticky notes, it could also include planners and calendars, and any type of stationary or study supplies you need! Don’t forget a sturdy tote bag or backpack, so you can carry everything you need for your classes and study sessions. Anyway, those are just the basic study supplies, you’ll need to think about what you will be using during your course, including what your course recommends for you to prepare and accumulate.

Home Furnishings and Decor

Now you’ll be more independent, which means you can decorate your room how you want! Think of all the possibilities. Add those personal touches to your room, whether that’s posters, wall hangings, photos, string lights and if you can hack it, plants. Create the perfect atmosphere for when you need to focus and when you need to be chilled. Even though it’s not as aesthetic as some cool cushions, you should consider getting some storage boxes and containers, to keep your room tidy and clutter-free.

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Cleaning Supplies and Documents

Nearly there, just a couple more points. The next is cleaning supplies. Keeping your living space tidy and clean can really affect your productivity and mindset. Just have the basics of cleaning wipes and spray and some laundry detergent. Creating a routine to keep your space clean will allow you to stay consistent and be in a healthy environment, also it can stop the germs, no one wants ‘freshers flu!’.

And finally, your important documents. This includes paperwork such as your identification, whether that’s a driving license, birth certificate or passport. Gather your documents containing health insurance information and your university acceptance letter. Keep these documents in a safe place such as a designated folder, stacked with the rest of your books. You want to keep these out of site but easily accessible!

So hopefully you have some sort of insight into what to expect for packing for university. Just remember to have the basics and you can work from there. Strike a balance between necessities and personal items that make your living space feel like home. Embrace the journey with an open mind, and have fun, this is your next adventure, thrive in it!

If you’re getting ready to go to university soon and packing up, don’t forget to shop our moving boxes online today and get started on your university adventure with BYPAK!

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