It’s late summer, and it can only mean one thing... college move in is right around the corner! With so many large colleges located in the Lone Star State, it’s likely that you know someone who is getting ready for the big move, or perhaps you’re preparing for college yourself. In order to help ease some of the stress here are some tips for college provided by Mayflower Transit:
Modern Dos and Retro Don’ts
First impressions count
Modern – Do pack your clothes and accessories carefully so everything will look fabulous for that great first impression. College-bound students now have wardrobes that rival Paris Hilton. Keep those delicate items on hangers. One of the easiest ways to keep your apparel nice is to use a clothing rod made for traveling. Hang clothes on the rod, then carry it to your dorm and transfer your clothes to the closet.
Retro – Don’t just toss items into any container or, even worse, a duffle bag like your parents did. You’ll have wrinkled clothing and piles of laundry to do all over again.
Packing materials 101
Modern – Do plan ahead and start collecting free, foldable boxes with lids from local merchants. You won’t have to spend extra money on packing supplies, and you can fold them up and store them under your bed for move-out day.
Retro – Don’t buy milk crates, Bubble Wrap and tissue paper to pack up for college. This can be costly on your wallet and the environment – and then you have to worry about storing large, bulky items in a small space.
Modern – Do use small clear plastic boxes (such as clear fishing tackle boxes) to organize and sort those small items that typically get lost in a room. These boxes work great for school supplies, jewelry, etc.
Retro – Don’t throw all of your small items into the bottom of a suitcase. You’ll never be able to find those paper clips when you need them most.
Think green, save cash, buy recycled
Modern – Do stretch your budget and save gas by purchasing dorm room decor from a Goodwill or Salvation Army store near your school. This will make your load lighter – helping the environment and your back – while giving you more time to find great pieces for your new “home.” Think “green” and buy a used item, such as a futon, and personalize it with a slipcover or a throw.
Retro – Don’t cram your car with everything under the sun, just in case you may need it in that rare instance. You’ll waste both gas and precious space in your living quarters.
To network or not to network
Modern – Do load your computer with the software you’ll need, as well as an antivirus program. Before you move, check to see if your dorm has wireless Internet access. Be sure to set up a secure network to prevent hackers from accessing your computer.
Retro – Don’t just assume your parents will be able to help get your computer working. Face it, the closet thing to a computer they had to bring to college was a calculator. If you need help with networking or setup, call a company like Geek Squad, a Mayflower Transit partner, to set up your equipment quickly and correctly.
Rock and roll
Modern – Do bring an MP3 player and a good pair of computer speakers to make sure you have all the tunes you need.
Retro – Don’t pack albums, CDs and large stereo equipment. Keep the space needed for your musical collection to a minimum by loading up your music player with thousands of songs, and ease the moving process by eliminating large speakers and equipment.
Top 10 College Moving Tips
Be realistic and clutter-free: Let the size of the space you are moving into, not your emotions, determine what to bring.
Think ahead, buy green: Most of the new stuff you buy before school will be thrown out when you move out in May. Purchase green items such as organic sheets and natural material furniture to reduce your carbon footprint. Donate your used items to local nonprofits.
Roommate basics: Coordinate with your roommates before the move. Share decorating ideas and plan what items each roommate should bring, so you don’t waste money and end up with duplicates.
Priority packing: Organize your belongings in boxes by priority. The most important items, such as medicines, toiletries, valuable jewelry and paperwork, etc., should be packed clearly marked boxes.
Survival kit: Pack a clearly marked “essential trip kit” that includes items that you will need for the first night in case you arrive late or are too tired to unpack. This will save you from rifling through boxes to find your toothbrush or pajamas.
Wrapping: Save time by NOT using newspaper for wrapping like your parents did. The ink can rub off and damage or dirty your valuables. Use clean, white newsprint which you can get from moving companies or at office supply stores.
Label it: Whether you move into a dorm room, apartment or house, label boxes by location, so you know where each box should go.
Decorating essentials: Pack a small toolkit with items like a screwdriver removable adhesive strips to hang pictures and decorate your new place without damaging the walls.
Function first: Personalizing a new space is important, but make sure furniture is moved before unpacking personal items.
Take a break: Take short breaks throughout moving day to avoid burnout. Meals and sightseeing on campus are great ways to stay refreshed throughout the day.