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August is college season, as in “back to” for students all over the country. A majority of freshman will be leaving their homes for the first time in their life. This can be an exciting and anxiety-producing transition. Figuring out what they will need at school and what they can leave behind can be problematic for even returning students.

If you’re trying to answer the question of what to pack before you head off for school, take a look at these videos to start planning your packing list.

First up is a discussion of the items most students need, divided into handy categories:

If you want more advice after that, consider this video, made by a college student at the end of the school year in which she describes the things she wishes she had packed, so you don’t make the same mistakes.

What item not in these videos is your personal “must have” when you pack for college?

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