How to pack for university like a pro

Student packing

Packing for university is never easy. Whether it's your first time or your last, the chances of you reaching your destination with at least one essential item missing are almost inevitable.  

To ensure you start your academic year off right, we've put together an easy-to-follow guide that will have you packing for university like a pro. 

Consider the weather 

Depending on where you're going to school, the climate can range from brutally cold winters to sizzling hot summers. You know which seasons you’ll be on campus for, so be smart about it. Pack a wide variety of items, including one pair of shoes suited to every season. Nobody wants frozen toes in winter! 

Plan your outfits 

Unless you've got an undetectable extension charm on your bag, you're working with a finite amount of space. That's why it's vital to plan your outfits and pack versatile pieces that can be mixed, matched, and layered for countless new looks regardless of the season. 


Try to avoid packing toiletries for longer than a week or two. You’re not moving to a remote island (probably), so you can buy more when you need them. This is an easy way to save quite a bit of space in your suitcase for other essentials. 

Invest in a quality suitcase 

A good suitcase should be durable, so it can withstand being thrown into the back of a car, tossed in a cargo hold, or dragged across campus. It should also have plenty of compartments and pockets to better keep your belongings organised. And finally, it should be lightweight, so you don't end up breaking your back every time you have to move. 

Whether you’re off to university for the first time or returning for your final year, make sure to take advantage of our top tips and pack like a pro. And if you need somewhere safe to store your extra belongings, Len’s Self Storage is here to help. We have affordable student storage units in convenient locations in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Get in touch and enjoy 50% off your first 12 weeks of storage! Get an online quote today!