The end of summer means the beginning of the school year is approaching. For college students who attend schools away from their hometowns, this means the additional stress of moving everything they need for another year into a dorm room, apartment, or other new living situation. Parents and college students alike should take the time to prepare for this move just like any other move. After all, as any professional mover can tell you, the more planning and preparing you do, the better the move is likely to go. You might not choose to use a professional mover for this move, but you can still follow a mover’s tips and tricks to make it easier!
While the emotions of leaving home again might feel like all a parent or student can deal with, staying organized and following these tips can help make the transition smoother:
Always Have a Moving Checklist
Students who have already spent a semester away from home should think back to anything that was forgotten in a previous move. Students who are making their first move can look up template checklists online, or may be provided one by their college.
Prioritize Necessary Items
Students should also check in with roommates or housemates to see what items someone else is bringing so that they don’t duplicate it. Space is at a premium for all students, so streamlining what gets packed is helpful.
Use Proper Packing Supplies
You can purchase bubble wrap, packing paper, and other supplies from a local mover. It might be more efficient to pack with luggage or other bags than in boxes, but be sure to wrap delicate items, and don’t over pack or overload any of the bags. Bags are more likely to break under stress than boxes.
Label items accurately
Take inventory of what’s in each box that gets packed, and consider using a post-it note or other label on any bags that are packed. This helps to prevent duplicate items being packed, and can help keep items checked off on your moving checklist.
Waiting until the last minute makes it more likely that an item will be missed, or packed poorly and easily broken during transit.
Following these tips is sure to help you complete your next college move quickly and efficiently. Remember, Priority Moving can help with college moves as well. Having an expert mover on hand can make this time less stressful, so that parents and students alike can focus on new adventures ahead. Call our team today to learn more.