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Home Away From Home: Completing a Long Distance Campus Move

April 22, 2020

Long-distance moves are already stressful and exhausting, but when your destination is a college campus with a new dorm, a full class load, and an entirely new social circle, it can feel downright overwhelming. Here are a few tips and suggestions to keep in mind as you prepare to leave the familiar comforts of the well-known behind and launch into the geographically distant academic adventures that lie ahead.

Go Into Things Healthy

It’s a good idea to take some time before your big move to ensure that you’re in tip-top physical, mental, and emotional shape as you go through the rigors of a larger move. A few suggestions for ways to do this include:

  • Getting a checkup.
  • Sleeping well in the days and weeks leading up to the move.
  • Eating healthy food.
  • Exercising.
  • Meditating and/or praying on a daily basis.

If you can pursue health and wellness in the lead up to your move, you’ll be able to weather the drama and chaos much easier.

Pack Smart

When it comes to your move you may think you’re on your own. After all, none of your friends or family are likely coming with you to live on campus. But that doesn’t mean you can’t ask friends and family for help

Pull the classic “if you come and help me pack I’ll get everyone pizza at the end of the day” pitch. This turns the event into less work for yourself as well as a fun opportunity for everyone to hang out one last time before you leave.

Plan Your Trip

Before you ever hop in the car or turn the key, make sure to carefully plan out your trip. What route will you take? Do you need to stop along the way to rest? Are you giving yourself plenty of time to get there even if you’re held up by a minor issue like traffic or an extra rest stop visit? Taking the time to plan things out can make everything more peaceful as you go.

Set Your Expectations

When you arrive on campus you’ll likely be exhausted and overwhelmed. That’s why it’s important to set your expectations ahead of time. Try to time your arrival so that you have enough time to unpack and then crash and get some rest. In addition, take time before you arrive on campus to associate yourself with several of the classic college concerns of any student, such as choosing classes, looking for extracurricular activities, nailing down financial aid, and understanding where all of the on-campus sports and exercise equipment is.

In addition, if you’re living in a dorm, associate yourself with some of the wiser considerations when it comes to moving in with a roommate. For instance, make sure to create a roommate agreement, discuss appropriate decor, and define boundaries. Before you do any of that, though, remember to be patient and strive to create a good relationship at your initial meeting.

Making It a Smooth Move

If you take the time to foster your health, inform yourself, recruit help, and plan ahead you’ll be able to make a cross-country college move much easier on your mind, body, and soul. When the big day comes, instead of feeling overwhelmed and scrambling, you’ll feel empowered and ready to embrace the adventure that lies ahead.

Remember that renters insurance and tuition insurance are musts when going away to college! GradGuard offers both so you can have even more peace of mind when going through this transitional time.

BIO: Dan Matthews is a writer with a degree in English from Boise State University. He has extensive experience writing online at the intersection of business, finance, marketing, and culture.

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8 Pro Tips to Make Packing for College Easier

July 20, 2017

8 Pro Tips to Make Packing for College Easier

Move in time is exciting, but packing is a pain. Instead of trudging through another week of packing for college, use these tips to make the process easier. When you label your boxes and use a strategic packing plan, for example, you can prepare and move in quickly and efficiently.

Write a List & Take an Inventory

Organization is the key to make packing for college easier and that starts with a list. This is the best way to be both efficient and effective—without a list, you’re likely to miss odds and ends and have last-minute items that don’t have a box to fit into. If your college sent you a packing list, go off of that, otherwise, you can create your own or use our Ultimate College Packing List.  Take Inventory of all of your personal property so that you also have an idea of how much stuff you have that might need to be replaced if it is stolen or damaged.  This will make it easier to file an insurance claim.  And yes, be sure to consider purchasing GradGuard’s college renters insurance that has a low deductible and typically costs about fifty cents a day.

Use Labels

Labels make packing and unpacking easier. When packing, you know where to put extras and last-minute items. It’s even more helpful when unpacking if you label any box with essentials as Unpack First: “Rather than having to search through every box for your pillow cases to make your bed that first night back in the fall, refer to your inventory list so you’ll know exactly which box it’s in,” suggests experts at EZStorage.

Go Room by Room

While you won’t be packing more than one room for college, you will need items from the various rooms within your house. As such, this packing technique ensures that you get everything you need, from your laundry basket to a can opener and more.

Don’t Overpack

Heavy boxes are a pain to carry, load and unload. Instead, “Keep the weight of each box under 50 pounds. This will help you in packing and unpacking if boxes need to be moved around. It will also facilitate quicker loading and unloading,” suggest moving experts at Abba and Sons. It may be a pain to weigh each box, so go by feel. If you can lift it comfortably, but it’s not light, you’re good to go.

Keep Clothes on Hangers

The worst part of unpacking is re-hanging all of your clothes. Avoid this tedious task by keeping everything on hangers. Pop holes in the bottom of plastic bags to use them as clothing bags, in case it rains. This is also a good way to keep your hanging items organized, if you like them sorted in a specific way, I.E. Long sleeves and sweaters in one, slacks in another, etc.

Check Last Year’s Stock

 If you’re returning to college, check all your stuff from last year before packing it: “Go through the stuff you threw in your basement when you moved out last spring—throwing out and replacing old or broken items and amenities now will save you the hassle of hauling them all the way to campus and hunting for necessities there,” suggests Sarah Kismet, contributor HerCampus. Check anything electronic, like your desk lamp and alarm clock, along with storage boxes that may have cracked and anything else that was on the brink of breaking at the end of last year. Replace those items now, before packing.

Tape Drawers

In college, organization is all about the plastic sets of drawers that are easy to transport and inexpensive to buy. Instead of taking everything out of these to re=pack in boxes, simply tape the drawers closed so they won’t slide open while moving. Unpacking will be great when you don’t have to remember what goes where, especially if the drawers already organized.

Place All Liquids in Baggies

There’s nothing worse than opening a box and finding that your shampoo has opened and covered everything else in the box. Avoid this potential mess, and move-in day headache, by putting all liquids (including soaps) in sealable bags. If anything spills, it will be contained, making clean up easier. Packing and unpacking doesn’t have to be a pain. Use these tips to make the process easier and more efficient. When move-in day comes, you’ll be unpacked ready to hang with your friends in no time.

 

 

This post was contributed to GradGuard by Jessica Thiefels

Jessica Thiefels has been writing for more than 10 years and is currently a full-time writer. She’s written for Reader’s Digest, Lifehack, SoFi and more.Follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for health articles, new workouts and more.