31 Days and Counting: A Guide to College Packing

Today is July 31, the last day of the month. Tomorrow begins August, the last month during which many of you will be at home before you move in to Loyola Hall– in only 31 days. While I am a junior and have already had two years of packing experience, I still struggle to figure out what I should bring to campus. Each year, I search for those “Ultimate College Packing Checklists” that you find on Pinterest (you know what I’m talking about). However, after looking at such lists, I have noticed that there are a number of things that I have never used, or even thought about using, and that there are quite a few essential items that are left out.

Below, I have put together my own list of the three most useful items that I have used in my dorm rooms in the past, and why they are important to pack.

  • Command 3M Hooks/Strips: Do not underestimate the power of these hooks! When decorating your room and putting up posters, boards, and picture frames, you want to remember that at the end of the year, you are going to have to figure out how to take them down without damaging the walls. These hooks and wall strips will work perfectly and keep your walls scuff, rip, and hole-free.

  • Medium-Sized Floor Rug: It doesn’t matter whether you put the rug in the middle of the floor or directly in front of your bed; either way, you will be grateful that you brought a floor rug. In Loyola Hall, the bedrooms have hardwood floors, and you’ll want to protect the floors from damage over the course of the year, and protect your feet from the cold as you hop out of bed in the morning. There is nothing more comforting than walking across a soft, warm carpet in the winter before you hop in to your nice, cozy bed.

  • Printer: Bringing a printer is one of the best tips I can give you. Although you do have the option to print papers in the library, I can tell you from experience that you will want to be able to have one on-call in your room. When you are working on a paper late at night, and it ends up taking much longer than you expected, this printer will be a lifesaver in the morning before you run to class.


Manresa, when packing for college, keep these underdog items in mind. While they may not all seem like the most important things to bring, they will always come in handy, especially when you least expect them to. Good luck packing, and we are looking forward to seeing you all in a month!

Nicole Benevento, FCRH 2017
Manresa Program Student Intern, 2014-2015 and 2015-2016

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