Four No-Brainer Tips for College Moving Day


With the start of the fall semester right around the corner, tens of thousands of kids (okay, young adults) across the country will spend the next couple of weeks preparing and packing for a year away at college. For incoming freshman, this is often a time of excitement – but also stress. What do I need to pack? What is the best way to pack? How the heck am I going to bring everything? Fear not, young one. We’ve got you covered.

Below, we’ve shared a list of packing tips from Two Men and A Truck for wtxltv.

Pack Light, Pack Right: Because dorm rooms are limited in size, it’s recommended that students pack only the essentials and maybe a few decorative items (think pictures of family and friends, etc.) to make your new home feel more like your old one.

Items of a Feather, Pack Together: The moving pros suggest packing similar items together which will make your life easier when the time comes to unpack everything.

Bring Your Tools: Be sure to bring a tool kit with you on the first day to put together (or take apart) bunk beds, a table you brought, or complete another task.

Survival of the Fittest: Pack a survival kit full of first aid items (e.g. bandages, ointments, pain killers, a digital thermometer, decongestant, and antacids); laundry supplies (e.g. detergent, dryer sheets, stain remover stick, fabric softener, etc.); and cleaning items (e.g. antibacterial wipes, glass cleaning wipes, microfiber dust cloth, paper towels, broom and dustpan, etc.).

Where to Rent Portable Storage Containers

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If you need a temporary storage solution for household items, furniture or other personal belongings, Pac-Van offers short-and long-term storage trailer rentals.

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I think that it's important to figure out how big your dorm room is and what's provided or you'll end up looking for self storage when all your stuff won't go into your new apartment or home!