How to Pack for the Move to College

 

It's coming! That day filled with excitement, anxiety, dread, tears, fun, and sweat – that day you finally climb in the car and drive your child to his new temporary home – a college dormitory. You've spent the summer going over the College Dorm Room Checklist and meticulously checked off the items. But before you hit the road, you now have to figure out How to Pack for the Move to College.

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How to Pack for the Move to College

 

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Time to collect your packing supplies and get packing.

 

Packing Supply List:

  • Banker's boxes (can be purchased in multi-packs at Sams, office supply stores, or online). These are just the right size for small collections of items, are easy to carry (handles), and stack in the car or on a dolly.
  • Depending on your items, a few larger boxes
  • Drawer units, storage boxes, laundry baskets, etc. (Any dorm room item that will hold other items.) You will never be sorry you purchased good, quality drawer units that will last through college and beyond.
  • Mover's stretch plastic wrap
  • a system for labeling
  • trash bags
  • Wheeled duffles or suitcases

 

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How to pack clothing:

Make a small hole in the middle of the non-open end of several trash bags. Slip the trash bags over clothes on hangers.

Place other clothing in wheeled suitcases or in your drawer units.

 

 

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How to pack school supplies and other small collections of items:

Place these items in banker's boxes.

 

How to pack large items:

Some items will not fit in boxes and will have to be placed in the car “as is.” Wrap anything that might get dirty or has loose parts with plastic stretch wrap. As I was sending a boy to school, he did not have many decorative or other large items. His loose items consisted of a box with a desk chair, a large white board, an American flag he found left behind by our renters at the rent house we own, and his bedding pack already in a plastic container with a handle.

 

 

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Time to label!!!

Label every box with your child's dorm name, room number, and name. Hopefully you will be met at the curb by some smiling upper classmen who will empty your car and have everything to the dorm room in less than 10 minutes. However, you want these willing souls to bring your stuff to the correct room!

 

Pile all of your stuff by the door and prepare to load it in the car. 

Knowing How to Pack for the Move to College will save time and headaches once you arrive at your school. The more you can compact the items into containers that are easily carried and stacked, the better it will fit in your car and the easier it will be to get to the dorm room. If you are a veteran parent of the college move or have other hints, please share them in the comments, then head over to the Parent Survival Kit for College Drop-Off for tips for the move-in day.

 

 

 

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