Thursday, October 13, 2011

What to pack for college visits

Hello! Every high school senior knows that senior fall is a crazy time packed with college visits!! I have visited 5 colleges and I'm on to Wake Forest tomorrow, so I've gotten the packing down! 

The main thing is that you pack light. Things are already stressful enough, and worrying about luggage makes things much harder. I use my huge Lilly Pulitzer tote bag as a carry on so that I don't have to deal with the obnoxious luggage lines and security. It's worked perfectly so far and I can fit everything in it.

Make sure to have every outfit planned for the amount of time that you're visiting colleges. I plan what I'm wearing on the airplane rides and what I'm wearing on the tour(s). My favorite thing when packing is choosing my outfits. You want to look nice but not overdressed when going on a college tour. Do not just wear jeans and a t-shirt (or jeans at all!). My outfits have ranged from Lilly shift dresses to printed pants and a polo, and I felt perfectly at place with all of them.

Sorry for the awful lighting! My blackberry is awful and there is hardly any light in my room because it's still a work-in-progress!
I use clothing storage bags to keep everything organized. They're life savers!

The hardest thing about packing carry-ons is keeping the liquid amount until 3 oz. I keep little bottles of shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, and facewash for traveling and they're great!!

I usually have homework due when I get back from visits, so I always bring another carry on (usually a Vineyard Vines tote bag) to hold my laptop, schoolwork, as well as my iPod, camera, and a notepad. A notepad is great for taking notes during the information session (mine are crazy detailed and obsessive!) and any other notes about the college town, tour, etc. 

I hope this helps for all of the crazy stressful high school senior girls out there! Are there any other tips I should have included? Let me know!!

So tomorrow I'm leaving bright and early to go to North Carolina to see Wake Forest. I'm really excited and I hope that I like it because I have not had an enjoyable time on college visits (I can't seem to find a school I like!). I have an interview then an information session/tour, and then my family and I are going out to dinner with one of my dad's friends who lives in Winston-Salem. After that, we're going to the Wake v. UVA soccer game! The next day I'm going to find a study spot on campus because I have a ton of work to do in preparation for next week (5 tests, ACT's, college stuff, and it's spirit week). At night, there's the Wake v. VA Tech football game which I'm super excited for!! We head home on Sunday (really early) because I have an Open House at my school that I have to run! Such a big weekend!!

Have a great weekend!!

xoxo, Hannah


  1. I go to VA Tech and I am sooooo jealous you'll be there for the game! Even though you're looking at WF - I gotta say Go Hokies :) Good luck with the college search!!

  2. I hope you like Wake (it's my 1st choice)!! It's super preppy and gorgeous!!!! Plus, if you go to Wake Forest and get a 3.5 gap every semester, you are guaranteed acceptance into the med school there!

  3. I'll have to check back at this later; I know I'll be going on some in the upcoming year! The idea of packing a carry-on is really smart. Have fun at Wake Forest!

  4. Hope you enjoy your tour at Wake! I'm from NC and have a couple of friends there. I will be spending my time this weekend at UNC in the library since it's midterm time so I hope that you can find space in Wake's library to get some work done.

  5. Great tips! I love the outfits you put together. Football games are one of my favorite parts of college. I hope you have a great time!

  6. Oh cute luggage and adorable outfits. You'll love WF - I visited there with my sister and fell in love. Hope you had an amazing trip!
    xo, LP

  7. Thank you so much for this! I am going to be visting Wake Forest this fall. I am from Rhode Island and can't wait to get down South!

    with love,

  8. I just did a trip to Brown University! If you guys are interested in some pics and info here is the link: