Brown Threads: Packing for Winter Break


Ever wonder what college students wear to survive the temperamental New England weather in style? Not sure what to pack for college? Curious about the trends fashionable Brown students are trying out each season? Look no further! Brown Threads with Caitlin Meuser will feature weekly posts about the fashion seen on Brown University’s campus.

I’m not going to lie and say that packing is fun. Packing is boring and stressful. It makes you want to just dump the entirety of your closet into a duffel and be done with it all. However, intense packing is necessary before you go home for winter break. I mean, you’re going to be home for a full month, a month that includes holiday parties, snowball fights, and lounging around in your bed watching Netflix. Here are some useful tips on how to pack for winter break:

  • Don’t pack your whole closet. Seriously, don’t do it. I can guarantee that you won’t wear half of the items you stuff into your duffel. Also, remember that you probably have some clothes left at home and that your holiday season might include getting some new additions to your wardrobe. This advice is especially important for people who need to hop on a place in order to return home. After all, it’s never fun to travel with lots of luggage.
  • Sweaters are heavy and take up a lot of space, so only choose a couple that you know you’re definitely going to wear and that match with most of your clothes
  • Same goes for shoes. Don’t pack 10 pairs of ballet flats because you think that there is a chance you might need them all. You won’t.
  • Same goes for jewelry. If you absolutely need to pack all of your necklaces, pack them in a way to ensure that none of the chains become a tangled mess.
  • Don’t forget socks. Seriously, the more the better.
  • Bring home any clothes you don’t need at school. If you have space in your suitcase, bring home the clothes that you aren’t wearing or find that you don’t have a need for. College dorms are not incredibly spacious, and it never hurts to open up some storage space by bringing things home.
  • Plan outfits. You don’t have to plan an outfit for everyday that you’re home, but at least make sure that you have an appropriate outfit for any big holiday events that you’re going to. You would hate to get home only to find that you had left you’re favorite sequin tank top at school.

If you follow this advice, you should have a stress free packing experience as you get ready to have a fantastic winter break!

If you have any questions about the fashion at Brown or what to pack for life as a college student, please email me at


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