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My daughter will be starting school in January. She opted for a later start date so that she would have enough time to get everything she needs for college and spend a couple of months doing some traveling. Leaving for college can be a super scary thing, so today I want to share with you 3 tips for packing for college and how to survive move in day.
While my daughter will be doing online school at Rocky Mountain College of Arts and Design, there is always that chance that she will want to go off to Denver to school (which is where RMCAD is located). That is how these tips came to my mind. These are important things I want to remember if I ever have to pack her up and send her off to college.
3 Tips for Packing for College
#1 Label Your Boxes
Make sure to label all the boxes that your teenager is moving with so that he/she will know exactly what is in them. It wouldn’t hurt to even put their name on the box that way if they get misplaced in the midst of moving boxes, someone will see it and bring it to the right person.
Labeling the boxes will also give your college student the feeling of organization while moving. Knowing what and where it goes instead of wondering where everything will help bring just a bit of balance to unpacking.
#2 Remind Your Student Not to Pack Everything in Their Closet
Your college student does not need to bring all of their clothes in the fall to college unless they won’t be coming home for the holidays. Otherwise, it is simply not necessary.
They only need to bring mainly warmer weather clothes, with a few cozy layering pieces that they can throw on when the nights start to get chilly.
Be sure they pack a few pairs of jeans and a couple of sweaters for the abnormally cold days but they will not need their entire winter wardrobe!
Make sure to also include shower shoes, tons of undies, and a dressier outfit for those job interviews.
#3 Certain Electronics are a MUST to Bring
While Tv and dvd players might be a thing you need, if you bring a bigger laptop, you will have all the television you need. Or, you can get a television and then grab an Apple tv or Roku device and you will have all that you need right at your fingertips.
You might want to consider bringing a power strip in case outlets are limited in your dorm room. Having those extra outlet plugs are sometimes a MUST!
If you have a cellphone, a Fitbit, or an Ipad, you really don’t have much need for an alarm clock. Most cellphones have clocks built right in, and they are easier to turn off, meaning that you are less likely to wake your roommate up.
You might want to bring a printer. Depending on your intended major you may be printing a lot of assignments out. In the long run a printer and ink may turn out to be the better investment rather than paying the school’s printing fees. Nowadays, you can get printers that will also print off paper and graph paper for those much needed moments.
Here are a few other things you might need to pack as well.
- first aid kit
- tool kit
- sewing kit
- journal notebooks for thoughts and ideas
- medication for cramps, nausea, headaches, heartburn, and more
- Bike for getting around on a budget
And here are a few things that your child does NOT need to pack and bring to college.
~Have your college student leave their yearbooks at home. If they miss their friends and want a blast from the past – facebook is only a click away.
~Your student doesn’t need to pack a ton of books. Instead, use the library or download the Kindle app.
~Stereotypical college food. Leave the easy mac, ramen, and potato chips at home. Those foods may fill your child up, but they are likely to leave them feeling slow and tired. Swap them out for healthier alternatives that will give him/her energy!
~Board games — If you’re living in the dorms chances are that you can just rent any game you want from the front desk, so don’t waste the space!
~All the DVD cases. Your student does not need to bring 500 dvd cases to college. Instead, transport them all to a CD holder, and they will take up less space.
Now that you have a few packing ideas to help your child transition to college, let’s talk about move in day. Want to make the day a little more peaceful and less stressful? Here are some tips to consider.
Don’t Make This Day About You
Yes mom — you are going to feel sad and all the other emotions all at the same time, but remember — this is your teenager’s first year of college. They don’t need you balling like crazy at every drop of the hat. 🙂 Not only will that add more stress to them packing and leaving, but it will also cause their move in day to be solemn and sad when it should be a joyous occasion. They are starting the beginning of a whole new life as an adult on their own!
Work Out the Best Time to Arrive
Your student’s school will give you a recommended time for arrival, usually a morning or afternoon time frame. I would suggest arriving toward the end of the allotted time, unless your child is adamant about getting first pick of beds. If that’s the case, then arrive an hour early so you can be the first in line.
Make Sure to Have Enough Help on Hand
Move in day can be pretty hectic so make sure you have about 4 people on hand to help with everything. Remember that your child is not the only one moving in.
One person needs to be able to stay with your belongings, one needs to park the car, one needs to grab a cart and the student needs to go sign in and get their key. This will lessen the time it will take to actually get in to the room. A group of four people should be enough to get everything to the room in one trip and is the perfect number for getting the room in order, without running on top of each other in the process.
Be There No Matter What
No matter what, make sure that you let your college student know that you are there no matter what and that whatever happens in life, your home is always a safe haven for them to run to when life knocks them down. And in college, life WILL knock them down a time or two.
You were there then.
When it does, make sure that you are there to love them, pick them up, and encourage them to get back out there and get on their feet.
Be there now.
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