How I Made My College Packing List

Last week, I shared my college packing list for Syracuse University with you. Find it here if you missed the post. This week, I want to share with you some more tools to help you pack for college. Here are 3 easy steps to finding all the items you need.

1.Make your list

This one just got easier since I shared my list with you, but every person is different. Some of the things I need you won’t need and vice versa. To make my list, I browsed Pinterest and got ideas from other people’s lists. Find some inspiration here, here, and here.

2. Find the items on your list

Once my roommate and I decided on a color scheme (Navy blue and pink with gray and white as neutrals) I started looking for a duvet. I decided I needed a duvet since Syracuse is hot in the summer (and the dorms don’t have A/C) and super cold in the winter. If you’re in the same boat, I recommend this route as well, if not, you might want a comforter instead; it’s up to you.

I found my duvet at Bed Bath and Beyond. I talked more about it in this post and in this video.

After that, I started looking for the other things on my list. Target has a great feature on their website that let’s you create a college registry. I don’t intend on sharing it with anyone, but it gave me a way to create a wishlist.

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They have you set the day you’re leaving for college and let you set a profile and cover photo. I used my favorite picture from decision day and a Syracuse University Lilly Pulitzer print.

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They also put all of the saved items into categories which the organizational freak in me loves.

Best Buy has a similar feature.

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So does The Container Store.

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For some other things, I just bookmarked pages of things I like/need and made a folder full of these bookmarks.

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I know at this point you’re probably thinking, “Wow, you have so many pillows.” Don’t worry, I don’t plan on buying all of them. You’re also probably thinking that I basically just gave you my college packing list for a second time which I totally did. I hope it’s at least somewhat helpful!

3. Prioritize and Buy

This is where things can start to get tricky. If you’re like me, you want to start with the decor. That’s not the smart way to do things unfortunately. The smart thing to do, and the way I’ve forced myself to do things is to prioritize what is necessary and most important and start with those things.

I made a list in the reminders app on my iPhone of things I want to buy in the near future.

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I know, this list has some non-dorm things, but it was easiest to combine them and use the priority feature with the exclamation points to prioritize what’s important.


That wraps up another post in my College Convo Series that hopefully helped any incoming freshman to start, or continue, packing for the exciting year ahead. For more college related information check out my College Convo posts here and my College Prep series videos on YouTube here.

What’s on your packing list? Share it in the comments below!

XOXO Anna

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The Ultimate College Freshman Packing List

It is officially summer, at least it is for me, and the quest to gather everything needed for college has begun. Packing up basically your whole life is a daunting task to say the least, so to make it a little easier for you, I’m sharing my list. Obviously everything on my list won’t be everything on your list, but hopefully this helps to get you started (Sorry it’s a little wonky)

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For more dorm content, check out my first Dorm Haul on my YouTube channel next week. Find it here.

What’s on your college packing list? Comment below!

XOXO Anna

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Prom Recap 2017

My senior prom has come and gone, so I thought I’d share it with you.

I think my favorite thing about prom is the pampering before hand and the mini photoshoot that occurs when we take pictures. I got my nails and hair done, but did my own makeup.

Here’s some pictures from the night:

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Spring Try-on Haul 2017 | Update Your Preppy Wardrobe

Hello friends!

This is a different kind of blog post from other ones that I’ve done because this is in collaboration with a YouTube video I made on my BRAND NEW CHANNEL. So watch the video below, then read on so you can update your wardrobe with some of my favorite spring outfits!

** Disclaimer: I do work at Vineyard Vines, one of the stores featured in this haul, but this is not a sponsored post or video. I am not receiving any compensation for this and my thoughts and opinions are my own**

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What’s in my Longchamp Purse?

Everybody has their never leave home without items: phone, credit card, maybe some chapstick. I never leave home without my Longchamp purse and the items it contains. What are those items? Read-on and find out.

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Lilly Pulitzer Planner

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I know I’ve ranted about how great this planner is in the past (like here, here, and here), but it’s one of my never leave home without items. Check out those other posts to see why I love it and how you can use it to make your life more organized.

Lotion

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Especially in the winter, for me, this is an essential. I prefer to collect the free lotion you get at hotels and use that, but if you have any life-changing lotion recs, let me know in the comments!

Hand Sanitizer

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As a slight germiphobe, I never leave home without some hand sanitizer. I don’t think I really need to explain this one more.

Chapstick and Lip Stain

I hate having chapped lips so I keep the EOS chapstick that I talked about here in my purse at all times. I also keep the loreal lip stain that I talked about here in my purse for days when I’m wearing that stain.

A book

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Right now I have the book How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie.

I know this sounds like a weird choice for reading material, but it was suggested that I read it before a scholarship competition that I participated in, so I started reading it. Unfortunately I didn’t have the chance to finish it before the competition, but I definitely will finish it soon for two reasons.

The first reason is that it’s actually really helpful and has taught me a lot about leadership and just everyday interactions with people. The second reason is because next year I will be living in a learning community at Syracuse University and this book is required to be in that learning community.

If you want to know more about any of this, comment below and let me know!

Emergency Medication

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I have a food allergy so I never leave home without my Epipen and some Benadryl. Luckily the allergy isn’t bad enough that I’ve ever had to use the Epipen; Benadryl does the trick. I keep both just in case.

Wallet

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This one is kind of a no brainer. Right now, I’m using this wallet from Charming Charlie’s which I’m really happy with.

Pen

This is another no brainer, but you might not think of this one. You never know when you might need a pen, so I always keep one in my purse. It doesn’t have to be a good pen, just something that writes.

Earbuds

I take my Longchamp to school with me and pretty much everywhere else, so earbuds are essential. Mine aren’t good earbuds, they’re just cheap ones that came with my phone, but you never know when you might need to drown out your surroundings or listen to a video or song.

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What are your never leave home without items?

XOXO Anna

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Top Five Friday | #8 | YouTube Edition

If you follow me on Twitter, you might have seen my poll from earlier in the week asking what this blog post should be about. I know that this was not the result, but I will have a collab pretty soon that’s on that topic; so don’t worry, you’re still going to get that blog post you’ve been waiting for.

I’ve already told you about some of my favorite YouTubers (You can find it here if you missed it.) But this week, I wanted to share my top five favorite YouTube videos lately.

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