Packing for college can be incredibly difficult and much more time consuming than you might have expected. Unlike, say, packing for a vacation, packing for college isn't as easy as throwing some items in a bag and heading out the door. And it can still be hard to figure out what you'll need (and want!) to bring with you as you head off to begin your new college life even in case you have a great packing list.  However, consider asking yourself the following questions as you begin packing for college instead of feeling overwhelmed. Be honest with yourself about the difference between want and need, too. Underwear? Need. Six pairs of similar high heels? Want. Ranking everything on a scale from 1 to 10 will also help make the line clearer between what you should bring and what you shouldn't. Do not pack this in case something is a 5 or less. You probably don't need to bring your heavy winter coat when you first arrive on campus in case you are going to college somewhere warm and are planning on your first visit home within a month or two. 

How to decide what to pack for college

You'll spare yourself from moving too many things at once and can save some sacred space in your room when you arrive by leaving things at home that you won't need until later. If there's a high likelihood that you'll use something, bring it. If there's a very remote possibility, leave it behind. You can always have someone overnight something if there's an urgent need for one particular item. Room in your college living space -- whether it's in a residence hall, a Greek house, or an off-campus apartment building -- is likely going to be tight. Can my roommate(s) and I share this? It's just a waste of space and plain ol' silly to have 2 (or more) roommates all bring speaker systems for their iPads, for example. Touch base with your roommate(s) before you arrive on campus so you can coordinate who is bringing what. Things like 2 microwaves, 2 mini fridges, and 2 pouf chairs can crowd a room very, very quickly after all. Is it cheaper to buy or replace this at school? This question is especially important if you're mailing items to school. Consider a ream of paper, for example. Is it worth spending the money to ship it when you can just buy another one, possibly for less that the cost of shipping, once you arrive? Consider leaving the item behind in case it is cheaper to buy or replace something once you're at school. Consider saving them in the cloud or other accessible-from-school location in case you think you need copies of certain paperwork, old college papers, or other items that can be scanned. They won't take up space, you won't have to worry about losing them, and if you end up needing to access them, you can do so in a jiffy.