By: Leann BentleyYou might think you need that long black formal dress or those newly purchased heels. You might consider bringing along your dress slacks and best tie, along with four pairs of flip flops and a sunhat, but before you decide to throw all of this in the already overflowing suitcase, let me give you some advice on what you really need to pack when you're coming to the University of Wyoming.
There are two seasons in this beautiful state: winter and summer, and a couple days of fall if we are being completely honest. Summer brings perfect temperatures where you can get away with wearing shorts and a tank top without a jacket; there's a reason Laramie is called “Laradise” in the summer.
Winter brings some of the coldest temperatures in the world- not kidding, one time Laramie was deemed to be the seventh coldest place in the world.
The snow falls heavily, the winds gust to absurd speeds, but then you'll have a moment walking across campus, gazing at the blue sky with pristine, untouched snow under your feet and suddenly your heart will feel a little warmer.
What You Need, Not What You Want
Here are some things that are a necessity for college life out west:
- Bring all your boots because one day you will have to walk to class in feet of snow. It will be okay though, your little toes will get a break when the weather abruptly changes to 60 degrees within the same day.
- Wyoming students should be sponsored for wearing adventure brands like: Patagonia, The North Face, Marmot, Chacos, Teva’s… you will notice on your daily walk across campus, at least every other person is sporting one of the pre-mentioned brands. So, if you have one of these products, you will fit right in. If not, no worries my friend, your closet will surely grace a piece or two by graduation!
- Camping gear, climbing shoes, mountain bike, paddle board, hiking shoes, fishing pole, camera equipment. Laramie is known for its outdoor activities and UW is the ideal place to perfect those skills.
- If you ski or snowboard you might as well pack your equipment now as you most likely will see snow in October (maybe even September).
- Laramie is accessible by foot, bike, longboard, skateboard, probably even a pogo-stick if you believe in yourself. You have come to the right place if you do not own a car.
- It’s important to know that this town is surrounded by mountains, small lakes, and endless fields, which means there is infinite opportunity for outdoor activities.
- Many of the students on campus don’t dress to the nines every day, therefore don’t feel the need to bring your nicest clothes as college is for studying late into the night while wearing your comfiest sweats and warmest sweater.
- The downtown night scene isn’t for black tie apparel and glamourous dresses. It’s for jeans, leggings and comfy shoes to keep those feet relaxed until closing time.
College is for living your best life. It’s for jumping out of your comfort zone and feeling at ease while doing so. You think you need every single thing from your parents’ house when moving, but that’s not the case when your school resides in Wyoming.
Remember, the never-ending opportunities are best lived when you are packing less.