The 2020-21 Gonzaga school year is just around the corner, and it’s that time of year to start making the same tough decisions every year. No, I’m not talking about questions like “Do I need to change my major?” or “Should I go to the basketball game or study for finals?” but what might possibly be the toughest questions of them all.

What the hell should I bring for clothes and where the heck can I store my extra clothes?

Well, if you just so happen to be reading this, look no further, because if there is anyone who knows anything about what to bring to campus, it’s me. I mean, who knows more about packing than a sports editor, right? 

 After two years of living on campus, I will (hopefully) give you first-year students all the tips and tricks you need to know about what to pack and how to pack it when you come back to campus.

Here are some suggestions that will help you feel more at ease:

Put multiple pairs of pants on pant hangers.

Pants are tough to store, especially if you love your jeans and khakis. So, in order to help you store the pants, I suggest putting multiple pants on the same pant hanger. It doesn’t affect spacing in your closet, and it also allows for you to bring fewer hangers so you can pack even more stuff. Try to stick to keeping your longer pants together and your shorter khaki shorts together, as it tends to look more aesthetically pleasing to your visitors.

Leave room for the Zag Shop.

This is a very important tip, because more likely than not, you are going to end up buying at least one article of clothing from the Zag Shop, if not more. Especially if you want to buy a warm Gonzaga sweatshirt for the future winter, leaving room in your suitcase and other bags to bring back GU gear for yourself and your family is extremely important. This will not only teach you what you need to bring in the future, but will also keep you fresh and cool with the new GU drip you buy at least once a semester, especially if there is a great deal.

Do NOT bring heavy winter clothing for the fall semester.

Especially with a shortened semester on campus, there’s not really a huge need to bring snow boots, giant overcoat jackets or thermals. As some of you who are reading this might already know, the Spokane cold really turns up in November, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still bring warmer clothes. Still bring your long sleeved T-shirts and sweatshirts to GU, but there’s no need to bring any exponentially cold clothing.

Do not hesitate to ask friends for help.

The “Zags Help Zags” motto goes for anything GU related. It is most likely that you will make a friend or know somebody who has a friend who is from Spokane. For myself, I was fortunate enough to have a family friend who let me store some of my belongings at his house. GU students and families are always willing to help other GU families with anything, especially out-of-state students. And if you feel like it’s too forward for you to ask for help, it’s not. Plus, you can always repay the people that help you out in the future.

Whenever you decide to come back to GU, hopefully these tips on clothes will help you adjust to the times ahead. Even though many things may be uncertain at this point in time, just know that packing for college is one less thing you can worry about if you do it the right way with care.

Vinny Saglimbeni is a sports editor. Follow him on Twitter: @vinnysaglimbeni.

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