What Not to Include in a Tech-Savvy College Packing List

Packing and moving to college is emotionally and physically exhausting. Leave some of the extra weight and stress off your college packing list this school year and be tech-savvy while you do it!

  • USB Flash Drive

You can use Google Drive or Dropbox, instead. USBs can get wet/smashed/lost and all your files disappear in a moment, whereas Drive is accessible as long as you have internet. You don’t have to carry around yet another thing on your lanyard. Plus, you’re going to need more storage space for that term paper.

  • Blank CDs

We’re total fans of the “make mixes for people, suddenly become best friends” game plan for freshman-year socializing, but making mixes on CDs is too old school. You can make playlists on Spotify for your soon-to-be besties, and you don’t have to worry about CD scratches or all your hard work getting lost under a pile of laundry.

  • Textbooks

Textbooks are heavy. They’re made of trees. They’re hard to study from. You can easily use a digital textbook that not only weighs zero pounds and uses zero sheets of paper, but also includes flashcards, quizzes, and SmartNotes. Check out the digital textbooks that minimize your study-prep time and save you money while giving your backpack straps a break.


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  • Alarm Clock

Every cell phone has an alarm option – and most of the time you can customize it and wake up to your pump-up song instead of the angry beeps of outdated room decor.

  • Landline phone/calling card

There’s actually no reason at all to use this. You will have cell service in your dorm, so save yourself the money of stepping back into the ‘90s and just…don’t.

  • Planner

You don’t need to carry around another book to stay organized. Use Google Calendar, which can send you reminders about your events, too! You can color code your activities and don’t have to worry about smudging your evening plans with spilled coffee.

By using a tech-savvy packing list you’re making everything easier on yourself, lighter on your movers (a.k.a. Mom and Dad), and more organized. Good luck packing and remember to look over our college packing list!

  • Instead of an alarm clock, I’m buying an iHome to go with my iPhone so it can charge over night and I can still have an actual clock in my room. Call me old fashioned, but I like the idea of that. The only thing else on the list I’m buying is textbooks, simply because I could get them all for less than $100 (and I’m not a fan of screen reading).

  • Jess Goss

    I agree with most of these, but I love having a physical planner. I just like having one and it’s not so big that I’m worried about carrying it anyway?

  • dfsfsda

    yea. That’s really interesting! LOL