Being a lover of lists (My mom told me that I used to write lots of lists even as a child), the packing list is one of the most exciting things about college for me! Currently lying around my room I have about 5 lists. My favorite list is on the site collegepackinglist.com, they have a very complete list and it's all divided up into separate sections, and you can even add your own things. I don't think I'm going to tell you my own packing list right now since I'm currently in the middle of compiling all my lists. Instead I'm going to share my ideas for what I think are the top 5 most important things to bring and my top 5 things you'd never think to bring, but are actually totally brilliant. And stick around until the end for one thing I'm still undecided on bringing and share your opinion.
But first, I want to share a tip I read that I think is the most brilliant thing ever. Two things that are bulky to store are your extra (maybe winter) clothes and your suitcase. Combine the two! Put your extra clothing in your suitcase. Doing this will save you a lot of space, especially if you have a hard suitcase. Your suitcase is just like the storage bin you would have used if you were home!
Somehow I made it to sophomore year of college, but not without learning many lessons along the way.