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August 08, 2020

Packing 101: College Packing Tips From the Moving Company Pros

Moving to CollegeBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

It is just about time for college to begin, and mothers and fathers all over are about to depart on the most feared part of sending kids to college. No, we aren't talking about having to pay college tuition - they get a great deal of assistance with that component. Student loan administrators, admissions counselors, as well as personal finance pros can instruct them how to plan for every college expenditure ahead. The real anxiety at this time is the process of packing and moving your child into their college dorm room! Where are all the professionals to help with that?

Your college dorm packing help is right here. Take it from the packing and moving company professionals at A-1 Freeman Moving Group in Houston; you've got this, mothers and fathers! Picking out new matching room decor and desk amenities is usually a large amount of fun for kids and enthusiastic parents however putting it all in position may not be so exciting. It won't require a structural engineering major to pack for school, but listed below are a professional moving company’s guidelines to help you improve your child's limited dorm area minus the hassle.

· The dormitory space is going to be modest and possibly a shared area - Therefore compose a list of the important things that you'll require to begin with. You might even start this list by yourself before you involve your student. Let's be honest, your son or daughter is much more likely to forget toothpaste before they leave their Wi-fi speakers.

o Personal care - Start out with a small plastic caddy with a handle. It is easy to keep your items separate from your roommate's, and it's really easy to snatch and go when you have to get in and out of a group bathroom. Be sure it is durable. There are usually plenty of trips down the hall within the next couple of years.

o Bedding - Twelve stuffed toys that consume your son or daughter's bed at your house is simply not necessary bedding. Start out with the sheets, blanket, and pillow/pillowcase. Be sure to check with the college if unique sized linens are necessary. Throw pillows look great the first day you put together the area, but in a limited room environment they could be thrown aside frequently. Keep the throw pillows to a minimum.

o School necessities - We should remember just what your daughter or son is moving into a dorm for. If possible, find out in advance if there's built-in storage about the desk space. You might want to pack some small desk organizers. You'll want to go vertical along with stacking compartments considering that desk area will be modest. You might want a small light for that late-night studying in the event the roommate would like to go to sleep, but your student must study late for a big examination. A clip-on clamp style bracket is useful because it may be used on the desk or other spaces.

· Coordinate with your new roomie - You really will not need 2 mini refrigerators, 2 microwaves, and 2 TV sets. The number one college move-in error - double dipping on appliances. Do not fret about picking out the perfectly matched appliances, realize the roommate already has it in place. Remember, there's minimal space in the college dormitory, and limited electrical outlets too. Speaking of minimal outlets, make certain and add a surge protector or two to the list.

· Check with the university or college about items which you're not permitted to have in your dormitory - Certainly, this can immediately eliminate some dorm packing worry right off the bat.

· Do not pack clothing for the whole year - Just take what is needed for the season or until the next time you will be going home. Parents, they will be back - sooner than you imagine. Closet and drawer space are a premium in dorms, so just focus on one semester at a time. The hard part is ensuring that the student brings home the garments they do not need for the next semester so there is available space for the replacement outfits.

· Be sure and pack cleaning products, hand sanitizer and masks - Thinking about the current COVID status, a few extra precautions are necessary. It's easy to picture your undergraduate living in a bubble in your properly arranged dorm room. However this couldn't be any further from the truth. It's close quarters and stuff will be shared, thus having a option for cleaning them is crucial.

OK, Mom and Dad, you have got this. Break it down to necessities and organize as far as possible together with the roommate and college dorm administrators. You have furnished an education for your child which has equipped her or him for a prosperous college career. So do not get schooled by over packing for your student's college dormitory! You can find more moving and packing advice available at the A-1 Freeman Moving Group website. Make sure and give it a look.


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