Packing List

Drag out the duffel bag

And stuff it until the zipper

Pinches your new clothes

For the harsh winters you aren’t used to.


Slide in a few photos from high school,

Tell yourself you’ll keep in touch.

IMG_4407“We’ll talk every day!”

But you won’t.


Rehearse your speech: name, major, hometown

Favorite ice cream, what you did this summer.

Pack your hiking boots and swimsuit;

Adrenaline helps form bonds.


Test your suitcase

Make sure it isn’t too heavy.

If you can’t carry the weight on your own,

Leave it behind.

This post is part of my April A to Z Challenge. For more All Things College posts, click here 

20 thoughts on “Packing List

      • Halfway through my time in Japan, I had to visit home, then go through all my old things while my parents were moving to a smaller place. What I hadn’t brought I the the first two cases turned into one box. Of everything! I cried while throwing away some stuff, but in the end I feel less ‘attached’ to so much stuff, which is good.

        Except books. Books are still a be necessity. Haha.


  1. This is the weekend before the last full week of A to Z. You’re amazing for staying with us this long. Thanks for your commitment. You’re almost there. This event only happens once a year, so rest up and get ready for the home stretch!

    Stephen Tremp
    A to Z Cohost
    P is for Paranormal Vs. Supernatural

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  2. I find packing a nightmare now that I have kids. I have to pull out my own stuff to cram in one more book, stuffed animal or (fill in the blank) for them. It will be nice when I can return to just carry on status.


  3. Great post. I never had to pack for college in this way, as when I went to university, I moved away from my parents and into an apartment and just packed all of my belongings. It’s surprising though,w hen you do pack for a relatively long stay soemwhere else, how much stuff you accumulate while there.


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