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Time to pack

Time to pack

Hi everyone!

I hope you are well and have had a week of celebrations after receiving your results.

This time two years ago I was starting to pack for university. It was both an exciting time – going to buy everything as I am a HUGE shopaholic – but also a nerve-wracking time as I had two big questions in my head:

  1. What do I need to pack?
  2. How am I going to fit this all in the car?

As many of you may be starting to pack for university, I thought I would share with you my answers in the hope that it helps some of you who may also be asking these questions.


For this one I found blog posts such as our own¬†‘Everything you need to take to uni – your definitive guide’ by Jade very helpful along with videos I found on YouTube. However, I thought I would share some practical and fun essentials I think you need to pack:

Four practical essentials:

  • Clothes horse – I found this came in handy for those things I couldn’t tumble dry or for those times where I was short on money and couldn’t afford the tumble dryer.
  • Hangers – it sounds like a silly thing to say these are an essential but I know a few people who forgot hangers thinking they were included and had nothing to hang their clothes on!
  • Storage boxes – if you manage to find the long flat ones, these are AMAZING to put under your bed to keep things in such as snacks or any random bits.
  • Cleaning products – some university halls can come with a cleaner. However, whether you have this or not I always think it is handy to have some cleaning wipes, spray and bleach handy just in case!

Four fun essentials

  • Cards – great for pre drinks or even a rainy day. It can be a nice way to bond with flat mates and other friends.
  • Board game – similar to cards, I found a good game of Monopoly was great fun on a dull day and defiantly brought my flat mates and I closer.
  • Homey touches – pictures, fairy lights, candles, pillows, blankets and even your favourite Teddy can make all the difference in those first few weeks where you are likely to feel homesick.
  • Baking bits – this may sound weird, but I brought a cupcake tray, mixing spoon, mixing bowl and scales and it was one of the best things I did. Again, another fun way to bond with flatmates. You don’t have to go out and buy all the fancy bits, just the essentials will do.


Some of my flatmates had two cars full of things, others had little vans! But I only had my mum’s car as my dad was away so we had quite a challenge packing. But here are some of my top tips to help you squeeze everything in:

  • Roll your clothes – not only does this leave no creases, it means you can fit more in one case so you don’t need as many cases.
  • Separate boxes for things – this one if more helpful when it comes to unpacking as if all your kitchen bits are in one box and bedroom things in another, bits will be easier to find. If packed strategically you can fit quite a lot in each box.
  • Don’t bring everything – every time I went back to uni after holidays or if I had a weekend at home, I felt like I had forgotten something so would just pack everything! But this isn’t always practical as you end up having things in your room you never use. So only pack the essentials and remember, you can always buy it there!

I hope you found this helpful, you can also check out my blog post from last year, ‘Packing for uni – six essentials you never knew you needed‘ for more guidance on this topic. If you have any questions please leave a comment!

Jessica x

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