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Four Things You Shouldn’t Pack for Life on Campus (and what to pack instead)

August 7, 2018


Packing for college can be a bit of a mystery, especially if you’re an incoming freshman. You don’t really know how much space you’ll have (thankfully, GGC residences are private and spacious). You don’t know if you’ll actually need your own antique sewing table, but it’s nice to be prepared. There are so many uncertainties. For everything else, we’ve come up with a few tips to ensure that you don’t overpack or leave behind anything you’ll actually need. And for a little extra help, drop down to the bottom and download our handy packing checklist.

DON’T PACK:Kitchen appliances. While you may have a hankering for late-night fried chicken, kitchen appliances like deep fryers, hot plates, countertop ovens, or electric grills are not allowed. Instead, bring a mini-fridge (less than four cubic feet) to store all of your favorite snacks, and leave the heavy cooking to the good folks in the dining hall. Small appliances like coffee makers, blenders, and irons are welcome!

Students in residence hall DON’T PACK:
All of your clothes. Instead of packing everything in your closet at home, opt for your favorite, in-season outfits. Closet space is at a premium in residence halls, so keep it simple, and refresh your wardrobe each time you visit home.

Your pets. As sad is it may be to leave Fluffy behind, pets just aren’t welcome in residence halls. Instead, bring your favorite photos of you and your furry friend to help ease the separation anxiety.

Furniture. Each GGC residence is fully-furnished with all major items including a bed, dresser, desk and desk chair. In-suite common areas, you’ll find lots of seating, and a full-sized refrigerator. Save space and bring only the small items you’ll need to make your space feel more like home including curtains (use spring-mounted rods), a bedside lamp, a storage seating cube, and wall art (no nails, please)!

Don’t forget: Preparation is key! Plan ahead and pack early to ensure a smooth move-in day. Be sure to reach out to roommates in advance to plan for shared items like toiletries and cleaning products. Check out our Off-to-College checklist for more details.