Moving to college can take a lot of preparation and time spent packing. If you are a college student or a parent helping your student get ready to start the school year, here are some tips to help choose what to pack.
Small, Shared Space
Having a small space to live means picking and choosing the right things to bring along with you. You’re going to need essentials such as clothing, hygiene products, cleaning products, and school supplies. Save all the extras for if you have enough space.
Pack your shower items in a shower caddy. This is the best way to carry your belongings to and from the dorm bathroom. These are essential items that you need to make sure have room in your boxes.
Make sure to pack the right size sheets, blankets, and pillow for a twin xl bed. Try to pack light when it comes to throw pillows, stuffed animals, and other bed accessories. You want to have enough room in the car for everything else you need.
Remember why you are moving to college. If you can, find out ahead of time if there is built-in storage in or around your desk. You may need to pack up some small desk organizers. Be sure to go vertical with stacking slots since desk space will be restricted. You might want to pack a small lamp for that late-night studying when your roommate wants to sleep. A clip-on clamp style mount is convenient because it may be used at the desk or attached to your bed.
Coordinate with your new roommate
The number one college move-in mistake is bringing something that your roommate is bringing too. Don’t stress about finding perfectly coordinated appliances, only to find your roommate already in place. There’s limited space in a college dorm room, and inadequate electrical outlets as well.
Do not pack clothes for the whole year
Just take what is needed for the season or until the next time you will be going home. Closet and drawer space is a luxury in dorms, so concentrate on one semester at a time. The hard part is making sure the student brings home the clothes they will not need for the next season, so there is accessible space for the extra clothes.
Make sure and pack cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, and masks
Since we are in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, some additional precautions are needed. It’s simple to visualize living in a bubble in a perfectly organized room. Living in close quarters can be germy, and you need to keep in clean. Make room in your dorm boxes for cleaning supplies.
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