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Moving Tips For College Kids--From The DMV’s Top Movers And Packers

August 14, 2019admin

Fall is coming, and for many young adults, that means it’s time to head back to campus.

You might be a freshman heading away from home for the first time, or you could be a senior who’s gone home and back plenty of times.  Either way, if you’re officially enrolled in a university, this post is for you.

Here are Tristate’s top moving tips for college kids.

Pack light, and do some shopping once you arrive.

A dorm room isn’t an ideal place to bring an enormous suitcase filled with tons of stuff.  Pack as light as you can, bringing only the clothes you know you’ll wear, and the items you’re confident you’ll actually use.  For things like toiletries, paper plates, etc, it’s often a good idea to wait until you arrive in your college town before shopping for those things.

Try not to bring fragile items.  But handle them with care if you do.

You’re not at the stage of life where you need a 9-5 office job and an apartment filled with beautiful dishes, paintings, etc.  If you absolutely must bring something delicate, like a musical instrument, make sure it’s well protected in a specialized carrying case, or in the case of sculptures and dishes, bubble wrap.

If you’re moving to an unfurnished apartment, consider hiring movers.

If you’re moving to a small dorm with a roommate, there’s no need to hire movers.  But if you’re going to be moving some heavy furniture, a company like Tristate’s Movers and Packers can help you get situated fast…so you can focus on your studies.  

Before we go, here’s a quick list of things you might want to remember to pack


  • For showering: Flip-flops and a waterproof basket for shampoo/body wash
  • 3-4 towels
  • Plastic trash can (we recommend one with a lid)
  • A hamper for dirty laundry
  • A fan and/or space heater (this is especially useful for older buildings)
  • A thermos or other beverage container
  • Headphones (especially if you have a roommate)
  • E-reader (perfect for college students who don’t want to lug stacks of books between home and school)