Rhode island

You may see so many “Official Packing Lists”, or “Things You Can’t Forget to Bring” articles just about everywhere, but what about the things that you can’t, or shouldn’t bring, or just aren’t worth it?

1. Pets (except fish)

I know, one of the hardest things about the college transition is leaving your beloved pets at home (pro tip: request regular pictures of your cats and dogs from home). It’s one of the worst parts. But unfortunately, those kind of pets aren’t allowed in the dorms at URI, though this year you may see one or two service dogs, or the dogs that are part of the puppy raising club! You might want to consider getting a fish, but be prepared for it to die, especially if you win it at first night. (RIP Milo).

2. Your entire wardrobe.

Let’s be honest, you’re going to be wearing the same pairs of leggings/athletic shorts everyday, paired with the same 5 T-shirts. I maybe put on jeans 3 times this year. Don’t take up the space.

3. A full length mirror.

At least in Hillside, there are already mirrors on the doors. Not worth the money or the space in the already-packed car.

4. Throw pillows.

They’ll just end up on the floor.

5. A million chairs.

Dorm rooms are small. That’s a fact. With 3 desk chairs and 3 beds, trust me, there are enough places to sit already. If you want to splurge on something to sit on, I recommend one of those storage ottomans, because they slide right under your desk drawers until you need it.

6. A whole pharmacy worth of medicine.

Unless you take them regularly when you’re at home, or the first thing you turn to when you don’t feel good, you won’t need them while you’re at school. If you change your mind, you can run to the CVS right on campus.

7. A negative attitude.

This might sound so very cheesy, but it’s the truth. Going into college can be a scary thing for most people, but if you go in thinking you’re going to fail, you just might. It’s hard to know what to expect, but if you keep an open mind, anything can happen,

Packing for college can be super stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. I’d recommend the Campus Checklist from Bed Bath and Beyond to remember all the things that you’d typically forget, but don’t be tempted to bring certain things that aren’t worth the money or the space.


Samantha Bloch

A freshman psych major at URI :)

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