10 Of The Biggest Struggles Of Packing For Winter Break

10 Of The Biggest Struggles Of Packing For Winter Break

Even when finals are over, packing is there to remind you that you still have s*** to do.

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After studying for hours on end and stressing about final after final, there's a light at the end of the tunnel. You finish your last final and you feel like a weight has been lifted off of your shoulders. You can't wait to go home, see your friends and family, and celebrate the holidays with food not from a dining hall. The suffering is finally over!

Until you remember you still have to pack.

Packing is pretty much universally hated amongst the population. No one likes having to shove all their necessary belongings in a tiny suitcase, but packing for winter break is a WHOLE different type of packing. If you really think about it, it shouldn't be that difficult of a task, yet it's one of the biggest struggles that I still haven't mastered. Almost every time I pack to go home, I somehow end up sitting in the middle of my floor, surrounded my clothes, on the verge of a mental breakdown.

That being said, I've compiled a list of some of biggest the struggles of packing for winter break:

1. Deciding which clothes I want to bring home

You look in your closet and dresser, and you stare. You look at all of your T-shirts and pairs of jeans, trying to decide which ones you want to take home. No, you don't need to bring home a hundred different T-shirts...but somehow you seem to find yourself packing a hundred T-shirts. Even though you know you have a hundred T-shirts at home, but those T-shirts aren't THESE T-shirts. Next thing you know, your entire bag is just...T-shirts.

2. Speaking of clothes, WHY DO SWEATERS TAKE UP SO MUCH SPACE?!

After you've packed your T-shirts, you move on to your other clothes. You go to put in your jeans and your sweaters, but you only pack a few of those. Because even if you pack just one or two pairs of jeans... THEY TAKE UP YOUR WHOLE FREAKING SUITCASE! Sweatshirts, sweaters, jeans, they all take up so much dang space that there's never enough room for anything else. You try rolling them, folding them as neat and tight as possible, you even try putting other things inside the jeans to save space. But no matter how fancy you get with folding, you still don't have any space left.

3. To wash or to pack, that is the question

If you're like me, then you were studying for finals all week long. Studying took up all your free time and was the only thing you worried about for the last two weeks. So naturally, you forgot about your laundry.

Well, that pile of laundry has become a mountain, and you're going home tomorrow. You're faced with the decision of whether or not you should do your laundry here or take it all home. Then you weigh the pros and cons of each side. If you take your laundry home, then you don't have to wash it here, but then you have to pack more when you're coming back from break. If you do wash your clothes at school, then you have less to pack, but then you have to pay for laundry and put the clothes away. By the time you finally reach a decision, it's 1:00 a.m. and you find yourself in the laundry room shoving your clothes into those tiny washers.

4. Packing your makeup

I'm not going to lie, I surprisingly own a lot of makeup for someone who is not good at makeup. I have so much makeup that if I had to pack it all up, I would need a whole separate suitcase. That being said, deciding on which makeup to bring home with me is a whole separate struggle. You have to look at all the different palettes and decides which ones you think you'll ACTUALLY use. All the hypotheticals start to come to mind like, "What if I wanna be festive and use red eyeshadow? Then I'll need this eyeshadow palette," or "But what if I want to go for the more subtle look? Then I'll need this palette." The "what ifs" are never-ending when it comes to makeup.

5. Face wash and lotion and toothpaste, OH MY!

Packing lotions and liquids always stresses me out, because I'm always afraid things will explode and get all over my clothes. So I double bag literally EVERYTHING, but at the same time, I'm trying to remember what I already have at home. Then I finally get home, and I discover that all my lotions and face washes did explode and NOW I have to clean EVERYTHING. You'd think there would be a solution for this problem by now.

6. Shoes. I forgot shoes. 

I am that person who doesn't own a large number of shoes, but the ones that I do own, I wear all the time! Basically, this is me saying that I need to bring home many pairs of shoes. Shoes take up a huge amount of space, and they are also dirty, so I hate putting them on my clothes. Therefore, I have to wrap them so they don't touch anything else. Even though that doesn't sound too complicated, I normally just end up shoving all my shoes in a trash bag.

7. How much underwear is too much underwear? 

I'm just gonna say it, I PACK UNDERWEAR LIKE I'M GONNA CHANGE IT THREE TIMES A DAY. I don't know what it is about underwear but I always overpack it. I've talked to other people about this so I know I'm not alone, but I can't help it. You go through all your clothes and you get to your underwear and you throw in 20+ pairs. One pair of underwear doesn't take up that much space, but twenty do.

8. WAIT, did I pack socks?

Socks are the forgotten item when it comes to packing. Everything could be packed and ready to go, then ten minutes before I have to leave I remember socks. They are an essential part of an outfit (especially in the winter), but for some reason, I can never remember to pack them. On the rare occasion when I do remember to pack them, I place them in the strangest places. I place them in my shoes, legs of my jeans, literally anywhere they will fit.

9. HOW DO I PACK GIFTS IF I CAN'T EVEN PACK SWEATERS

Winter break also means holidays, and holidays means gifts. I normally do a majority of my shopping online or around my school area. When the time comes to go home, I have to bring gifts home too! The struggle of bringing gifts home is not acknowledged enough. If things are fragile, you can't just shove them in your suitcase. O the gift will be too large to fit in the bag.

10. *Finds another item after suitcase is packed and ready to go* CRAP where am I going to fit this?

After you have FINALLY gotten your life together and you packed everything, you needed to go home. All your shoes are ready to go, and your sweaters are nicely folded next to your twenty pairs of underwear. You sit down and wait for your bus to arrive or for your parents to pick you up.

Then in the corner of your eye, you see it. The thing. That one thing that you forgot to pack! Panic comes over your whole body. You have no clue where this item is going to fit in your bag. You quickly unzip your bag looking for a spot, but in the deepest part of your soul you know it's not happening. You try to move things around, but your ride will be here any minute. So what do you do? You carry it out in your hand with a face of annoyance, but at the same time relief, because you see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Packing is a task sent from Satan himself. Maybe by senior year, I'll finally have this packing thing down... but probably not.

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13 Disney Vloggers To Watch Before Your Next Disney Trip To Make Sure you have a magical time

Obsessed with YouTube? Obsessed with Disney? These guys are too!

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When preparing for your next Disney trip, you know you look for help anywhere you can. Whether you are looking for the best things to do or looking for the best things see at Disney, YouTube is the way to go. YouTube is full of a community of Disney College Program vloggers and theme park vloggers. The difference being, part of the community is cast members and the other is either annual pass holders or just lovers of theme parks! Here are 13 Disney vloggers to watch before your next trip!

1. The Tim Tracker

Instagram: @thejenntracker


Tim and Jen have been around for years, but I just recently got into their channel thanks to another Disney vlogger, PrinceCharmingDev. However, they are not just Disney vloggers. They've traveled to a few different Disney parks and recently just got back from Disneyland Tokyo! They also go to the theme parks that are around the Orlando area , such as Universal and SeaWorld, so they give you more of an idea of other theme parks that are in the are and the things you can do at each park as well tips and tricks!

2. Chase Russel

Instagram: @chaser22

Chase is newer to the Disney vlogger community. He recently just completed his Disney College Program this spring in May and will be returning to Disney World for a Professional Internship! He was a quick service food a beverage cast member at the Polynesian Resort, so if you're in this role for your college program this fall definitely check out his channel! Even if you aren't a quick service cast member, I highly recommend his channel as he does vlogs not only in Disney World but also in Universal. Most college program participants also purchase a universal annual pass as it's nice to get out of Disney every now and then when you're there for 5 months! Chase's Channel may be new, but he is also growing his channel fast and always seems to have a good time in the parks with his friends as he shows subscribers what he's up to!

3. Janie Schlie

Instagram: @janieschlie

Janie is a recent part-time cast member, and is a former Disney College Program participant! She was a fall 2017 Disney College Program participant who extended into the spring of this year with her roommate Sarabeth! She also started her channel a little later in her program as she did not start vlogging until this year! She is also newer to the Disney vlogger community, but she can be seen in older vlogs from her roommate, Sarabeth, who started a channel for their fall 2017 program! Janie was a photopass photographer which is showcased a lot on her Instagram, janieschlie. However, she is now an attractions cast member and is a driver for Kilimanjaro Safaris in the Animal Kingdom!

4. Jess Medley

Instagram: @jessicamedley

Jess is a former Disney cast member, but she still goes to the parks in Orlando! She is a student at the University of Central Florida majoring in musical theater and a current Universal Orlando employee in entertainment! As a recent employee at Universal, she is more so in the parks at Universal than the Disney parks. However, she still has some great vlogs from her times at both Universal and Disney. Despite being in entertainment at Universal, she is spending the summer in Virginia as a part of the cast of Oklahoma! She also has videos of herself doing covers from various Broadway productions on her channel, so if you like musical theater, Disney, and Universal, then you should definitely check out her channel for tips, tricks, and great Broadway covers!

5. PrinceCharmingDev

Instagram: @prince_charming_devv

Dev is also a former Disney cast member who started out at Disney as a Disney College Program participant as a Character Performer! He recently left the company for personal reasons, he has a video explaining why on his channel, but he is now an annual pass holder at Walt Disney World so he still does vlogs along with holding a full-time job! He did his program in the Fall of 2016 and extended into the spring of 2017 and was friends with another Disney College Program vlogger, Taylor from the TParty. He has also made friends with recent college program participants that are vloggers by collaborating with them on his channel and theirs. This shows how genuine of a person he is as he makes friends with just about everyone! His motto is also key to his channel as he ends every video by saying, "It's Nice to Be Nice". As a result of being at Disney on and off since 2016, Dev's channel has a lot of Disney related vlogs and content. This, of course, means that his channel can definitely prepare you for your next trip!

6. Kyria's Kingdom

Instagram: @kyriaflowers

Kyria started out working for Disney as a Disney College Program participant in the Spring of 2017 and has a lot of great vlogs from being a Cast Member! After she completed her program she applied to be a part-time merchandise cast member and also became a trainer for new cast members at her location! She recently applied for and received a professional internship with the company in the Animal Kingdom. She also has a lot of advice videos for those applying for the Disney College Program, those in the College Program, and a FAQs video about the program. If you're interested or curious to know about the program, then her videoes will definitely be helpful. However, if you aren't interested, she still has some great Disney vlogs!

7. Kevin Heimbach

Instagram: @kevin.heimbach

Kevin started out as a Disney College Program participant in the fall of 2016 and has significantly grown his channel since then. He currently has over 13,000 subscribers and he has a theme going on right now where he does restaurant reviews for restaurants at Disney World in the parks and resorts so that you know if they're worth the price! His videos are quirky and can always get a laugh out of you. Some of his videos can be click baity, but the content of the videos definitely makes up for it! He also does vlogs of other things around Orlando or trips that he does, so his channel is definitely diverse with the content he has on it and worth checking out!

8. Part of Brooke's World

Instagram: @brookerogers97

Brooke just recently started her Fall Advantage 2018 program, and has already grown a successful channel! She has also been a huge help for me with her Merchandise video about what you do for the role, and how traditions goes as I will begin my Fall 2018 college program this August! Her channel is also unique from other channels as her program is the International Cultural Exchange Program! Most vloggers tend to be from the U.S. that start their channel from the DCP, but I love that Brooke and other Cultural Exchange Participants have started to hop on the vlogging train! Having them as a part of the community makes the Disney Fall/Fall Advantage 2018 vlogging group more diverse with their culture!

9. Kyle Berry Vlogs

Instagram: @kyleberrytv

Kyle did his program in Fall of 2016 and has since grown his Vlog channel to 8,000 subscribers! Since graduating from his College Program, Kyle has still hung out around Walt Disney World from time to time. He loves hanging out and meeting new people and always does collaborations on videos with vloggers doing their College Program at the time! He also does videos at Universal which, if you love Harry Potter, is always a plus! His videos definitely give you a good laugh too, so checking out his channel is a must if you like fun pranks, fun challenges, and just watching someone have a good time in the parks!

10. Olaf and Olivia

Instagram: @olafandolivia

Olivia started off with the Disney company as a Disney College Program Participant and then returned this past fall as a Professional Intern! She just ended her internship and became a cast member with the Walt Disney Company. She has chosen not to reveal her exact role, but it is a project role, so once her project is finished, she will not have a job. However, despite this, Olivia's attitude has not changed in her videos and she seems to love that she gets to stay in Orlando as a cast member even though her time as an intern has come to end! (And who wouldn't want to stay and work for the Boss Mouse?!)

11. Life is The Bubbles

Instagram: @arielmoats

Ariel's channel is one of the more unique channels because she does not have her name in her channel name at all! She did her program back in the Spring of 2017 as a character performer cast member, but she was on the Spring Advantage program. This meant she was able to stay through the summer without needing to extend her program. She is now back at Disney World doing the Summer Alumni program for this summer as an Attractions Cast Member in Animal Kingdom! The Summer Alumni program is only for Disney College Program alumni. If you have previously done a College Program, you can apply for the Disney Summer Alumni College program and be in Disney just for the summer! It's a really cool way to meet other alumni by doing this program after completing your program, and if you're still in school after your program it's a good way to still experience the magic of being cast member without having to take off school or take a couple online classes while you are in Disney! Your roommates also have to have the same arrival and end date as you, which means all of your roommates will be alumni too!!

12. Amypuddlesvlogs

Instagram: @amypuddles

Amy started her channel in 2013 for her Disney College Program that fall! She was a Merchandise cast member during her program and as a Fall College Program Participant she started her program in August! Amy is one of the vloggers who has inspired many other vloggers to start their channels as her channel is how they discovered what the Disney College Program was! She is also one of the few vloggers who got to experience Wishes instead of Happily Ever After her whole program as Wishes did not end until 2017 and it started in 2003! She also came back to Walt Disney World after graduating college in the summer of 2016 going through the spring of 2017! After her internship ended she was offered a position in the department her internship was in and stayed in Orlando until this past November before moving to California to continue her job out west! She recently left the Disney company, but is now employed with Netflix in California! She still does trips and is close with her previous College Program roommates which is great for people to see when they watch her channel before their college program!

13. Emily Enchanted

Instagram: @emilynels8

Emily is finishing up her Disney College Program this summer as she is a Spring Advantage 2018 participant! She is a character performer who is good friends with Pooh Bear, Chip, and Dale! She is one of the more popular vloggers from her program right now as she has grown her channel to over 34,000 subscribers! She can also be seen in other vloggers videos as she has collaborated with Prince Charming Dev, Chase Russell, Kyle Berry, and Janie Schlie! She tends to do a lot of lookbook videos for her park days so that you can see where she gets her outfits from! She has also stepped up her Instagram game as she has over 20 thousand followers on her Instagram, @emilynels8. She has also become brand reps for some well known small Etsy shops that have Disney inspired clothes or jewelry, thanks to her social media presence! She also just planned a Disneyland trip, so check out her Instagram for those details and stay tuned for some fun California vlogs!

Whether you are looking for videos to watch before your next Disney trip, looking to live vicariously through Disney YouTuber's videos, preparing for your upcoming Disney College Program, or preparing for your upcoming Disney Professional Internship, all of these channels mentioned can help you with whatever you are looking for! I know I have looked to each of them for tips, tricks, and bucket list items as I prepare for my Disney College Program this fall! If you would like to follow along on my upcoming Disney World adventures, subscribe to my YouTube channel, Sophistikated, and my blog! (YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRK5fvmpGfUDJMpYJ...)

(Blog: https://sophistikateddd.wordpress.com/)

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Instagram: @arielmoats

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Traveling Alone Is Nothing To Be Scared Of, As Long As You Remember These Vital Items

A guide to calm your nerves and put your mind at ease.

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Have you ever traveled by yourself? To another country, state, by plane, car or by train? People are occasionally afraid to travel due to our crazy world and the lack of knowledge about traveling. Do you have questions about what to expect or how to plan? Here are tips and items you may want to bring or keep in mind when on an adventure.

1. How to Get There and Back

A key component to travel planning is how to arrive and depart from the location. Often times, people rent cars, purchase round trip flight tickets, train tickets, and more recently, get an Uber or Lyft ride. It is crucial for your safety that the menas of travel is set in stone before the trip begins.

2. Packing List/Supplies

Going camping? Going to an island or another state far away? Prior to the trip, It is important to pack the necessary items. Socks, shirts, pants, shoes, towels, extra garments and more. Sometimes bringing cleaning items such as Lysol or other home products can prove to be helpful when it is least expected.

3. Food and Drinks

Many families pack coolers and snack packs for long rides, or often stop at fast food locations over the trips duration. Packing food and drinks for traveling can cut down on stopping during the trip, saves money, and saves parents on rides with children.

4. Money

MONEY! MONEY! MONEY! The world revolves around these pieces of paper. And when traveling, that is no different. Whether it is saving up for the trip, spend money on the trip, or emergency money in general, it never hurts to have more than planned. Another plus is over allocating how much money is needed, so then there is wiggle room if a situation arises.

5. Cellphone/Communication

Ever been lost on a trip with no way of calling someone or contacting them? Whatever trip, whatever place, it is necessary to be able to contact help, family or friends in any given situation, even just to check in or to share photos. Make sure to plan a way to get a hold of a person if need be.

Hawaii, Europe, Asia, or wherever the world leads, when traveling, preparation is so important to the success and safety of the people on the trip. Where will you find yourself traveling next?

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