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Back to School: 7 Important Tips for College Students to Ensure a Successful Move

July 3, 2021

Moving back to college isn’t an easy task to perform. However, this is not like moving entire houses, and it still can seem hard enough if you lack preparation. Well, you know that the start of the fall semester is arriving soon. So, if you’re someone who will be moving back to college, here’s how to prepare to achieve a stress-free move. 

However, if you have circling questions about a stress-free move to the college for the studies, you have landed at the right place. Here in this article, you will get 7 important tips to ensure a successful move to your college. Let’s check them all!

Search for the Cheapest Airfare

Searching for the cheapest airfare can provide you some monetary benefits for sure. Suppose you have already decided to take a flight for the move. Make sure that you are giving your best efforts into finding comparatively cheap airfare. However, if you don’t get any for the specific moving day, ask your college officials if they will allow you in the college a little prior to the semester. 

Start Packing Early

Starting your packing beforehand has a lot of advantages that you can’t deny. It is advised that you shouldn’t wait till the moving day. It would be best if you start your packing at least one week prior to the moving day. An early start of the packing process will eliminate the chances of missing out on any important belongings. Apart from that, you can get enough time to pack the essentials with proper care.

Keep Your Documents Handy

You must try to keep your documents handy during the shifting process or after reaching college. The very first thing you can be asked for during your travel is your documents. Even after you reach your college, the college officials will also ask you to show your documents. Therefore, if you keep your documents close to you, you can show them instantly to the officials. This is so stressful if you don’t find your documents on time. So, make sure that you keep them close to avoid such difficulties. 

Talk to Your Roommates 

If you are planning for the shared living places in your college, it can be easily assumed that you won’t be getting a lot of space for yourself. Therefore, it can be best if you discuss the necessary belongings with your roommates. For instance, if you’re bringing the sandwich maker with you, ask your roommates if they can bring some kitchen essentials with them rather than bringing the same item. This way, you can even manage a shorter space comfortably.

Avoid Moving on Weekends

If you want to avoid the traffic, you must avoid moving on the weekends. This is indeed an instinct for most of us that we intend to choose the weekend for the moving day. However, if you do the same, you may end up facing a huge gathering on the college campus. Therefore, choosing the weekdays for moving can eliminate the chance of facing a huge gathering and can help you to reduce stress as well.

Hire Movers

You might be thinking why you need a mover when you can do the job on your own! Well, if you’re moving with some of the heavy belongings, it is best to hire a specialist mover for the moving job. Ask yourself twice if you have enough expertise to take all the moving responsibilities. It would be best if you kept in mind that you’re not an expert mover. So, if the belongings are a little heavier, leave the responsibilities to a specialist moving company. The mover will take the responsibilities of packing and shifting all the essentials to your college. 


Well, the aforementioned tips will definitely help you out throughout the moving process to your college. You need to follow each of them to get the best moving experience. Meanwhile, it would be great to let us know if the tips really helped you achieve a successful move to your college!

Adulting Student Life

Best Practices to Clean Your Dorm Room On Move-In or Move-Out Day

June 23, 2021

With summer break on the horizon, most students and parents aren’t thinking about the upcoming fall semester. But with the way COVID disrupted the lives of so many over the past year, and things starting to resume normalcy in the coming months, freshmen are as excited as ever to move into their dorm rooms. But that also means freshmen leaving their dorms are just as eager as ever to get out of their dorms (and probably not in the cleanest manner either). 

Despite things getting back to the way they were, predictably parents are going to be more concerned for their children’s safety, and that starts with where most freshmen are living: the dorms. Universities will typically clean dorm rooms and common areas, but with our collectively heightened sense of awareness about hygiene and cleanliness, you can never be too safe. 

It’s better to spend a little more time on the front-end to give yourself and your family peace of mind about your safety. So with that being said, read our tips below for best practices to clean your dorm room on move-in or move-out day. 

Wiping Down Surfaces

Different surfaces require different cleaners, so it’s not a bad idea to have a couple of different options at your disposal. If your desk and bed frame is wooden, it stands to reason that wood cleaner is your best best to get them clean. If your furniture is slightly older, and made of metal, then traditional cleaners should work just fine. Opt for a multipurpose cleaner for nearly all of your surfaces, sans wood.

Because there’s a difference between cleaning and disinfecting, if you want to exercise caution, use commercial-grade disinfectant on surfaces to ensure that all germs and pathogens have been eliminated. You should also use this disinfectant on your mini-fridge, and throw a small box of baking soda in there so it does not develop a poor smell. 

Cleaning the Floors

Once you’ve rid the room of all the physical matter on the floor, it’s time to break out the vacuum and mop and apply a little elbow grease! Most college dorm room floors have taken on years of abuse from shoes, spilled alcohol, and food, so there’s likely to be a few tough stains to get out. Consider a cleaning solution with bleach for your tile or hardwood floors, but make sure there is open airflow to the room while you are cleaning. Most dorm rooms are 200-300 square feet, and too many bleach particles in the air could make you light-headed. I always went over new floors twice to ensure everything is purged, for nothing other than the peace of mind. 

Giving attention to the floors is as simple as three steps: sweep, vacuum, and mop. Give special attention to corners and alleys where dust and crumbs can collect (under beds, desks and your mini-fridge) when sweeping to ensure there is not any fodder for roaches or mice to get comfortable in your room. A handheld vacuum should do the trick.

Don’t Forget About the Bathroom

While some college freshmen are mature enough to keep a regimented cleaning schedule, many are not, and that fact is made evident when you look at the bathrooms. This is probably the room that will require the most cleaning time, when you consider the toilet, showers, floor, sink, and mirror. As for cleaning supplies, you’ll need bleach, disinfectant, gloves, a scrub brush, a mop, and either cleaning wipes or a rag. 

Tackle the shower and sink first. If a college shower isn’t properly cleaned, it could give way to spreading funguses or viruses like athletes foot or staph infection. So wipe down all surfaces and appliances including walls, floors, and the shower head.

Make sure you disinfect and polish the shower and sink head as well to give it that shine. From there you can transition to the mirror. A simple glass cleaner and wipe should keep it clean for a few weeks. Next, I’d tackle the toilet and toilet bowl. Wipe down the exterior with disinfectant and tackle the inside with bleach and a toilet scrub. After you’ve cleared out any mold, it might be a good idea to leave a disinfecting pod to help maintain cleanliness in-between cleaning days. 

Experts recommend doing the floors last, so you don’t track dirt or mud after you’ve cleaned them. Follow the same routine for your common area floors for best results: sweep, vacuum, then mop.

Develop a Cleaning Schedule

Now that you’ve done the hard part, and had your first deep clean of the year, the easy part is just maintaining the cleanliness. While it can feel a bit daunting at first, college is all about building, curating, and tweaking a routine that makes you happiest. At first glance, cleaning doesn’t sound like a task that brings joy, but the satisfaction of walking into a clean dorm room after a long day in the library or with your friends is immense. So you could break your cleaning tasks down into three buckets: daily, weekly, and monthly. 

Daily tasks include things like picking up clutter and washing dishes. Meanwhile, you can save things like laundry, sweeping, and taking out the trash as a weekly task. But the bigger projects, like dusting, mopping, and wiping down appliances should be completed once a month. The easiest way to keep yourself honest is by marking it in your planner or calendar and sticking to it. It only takes 30 days to build a routine, so if you are diligent early on, you’ll thank yourself down the road. Additionally, it’s always nice to give your room a nice deep clean before long breaks so you come back to school to a clean home. 


Cleaning is never fun. But it doesn’t have to be dreadful! But being confident and proud of yourself for building a strong routine and completing tasks can be rewarding enough to be fun. It’s also part of the growing process associated with college. If you have a roommate, have the conversation early and delegate responsibilities. Most importantly, hold up your end of the bargain so there is no chance for friction to develop. 

Other Transition

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.

Other Student Life

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.