Moving Back to School: Tips and Tricks
Moving away for school or moving back to school is both a very exciting and often very stressful time. However, with some simple planning and preparation, the process can run smooth and you can minimize the stress factors that make it a difficult process. Here are some of our best tips to help make the transition from home to school an easy one.
Cut The Excess & Pack Light
It may be tempting to bring along all the creature comforts of home with you to college so that you don’t get homesick. While this does make some sense, you should try to minimize what you bring with you, which means leaving anything behind that is not essential. You’re likely dealing with limited space, either in your car or moving truck, as well as the amount of living space you have at your disposal when you get there. It’s fine to bring along a few keepsakes and items that remind you of friends and family, but be cautious that you don’t overdo it. Obviously you’ll have to bring along necessities like clothes and a computer, but many of things you need on a daily basis can be bought after you’ve made the trip.
Keep The Most Important Items Separate From Other Belongings
It’s helpful to separate things you may need access to from the things can wait until you arrive to be unpacked. Things that typically fall under this category include medications, glasses or contacts, credit cards and cash, and anything else you may need quick access to during the trip. While this is a small and easy thing to do, it saves you the hassle of digging through boxes in the event that you need to get to something during the drive.
Bring Something To Eat And Drink
If you’re driving your car packed to the roof with your belongings, you’ll probably want something to drink and snack on along the way. The same applies if you’re driving a rented truck, either on your own or with family. Not only will this make the drive easier for you, but it’s also a good idea to bring some food items with you so that you don’t have to go to the grocery store the day you arrive or go to the dining hall every time you’re hungry.
Accept Help From Your Parents
College is often the first taste of true independence for many people and you may have some romantic ideas of setting out on your own and handling everything yourself. While this may be appealing as an idea, it can make the transition much more difficult that it should be. If your parents are willing to help out, either financially or by riding along with you to help you get settled, take them up on the offer. They’re also stressed about the change and it will help all parties ease into the change, not to mention make it easier when you have to haul boxes up three flights of stairs.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
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