Moving to College? Here’s What to Take and What to Leave Behind

July 15, 2016

Graduation season is over, and college move-in day is coming up. This is an exciting time, especially for college freshmen, and it’s tempting to take all of your belongings with you. However, dorm room space is limited, and there really isn’t room for everything. Here are a few tips on some essential items you’ll want to take and some things to leave at home.

The “Take it With You” List

There really are some things you can’t live without. Remember, some items can be purchased when you arrive at college, so decide in advance what needs to be brought with you and what might be better to buy on-site.

  • A couple of small personal items to remind you of home
  • Basic cleaning supplies
  • Bedding, including sheets, pillows, and a comforter
  • Clothing
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Hangers
  • Laptops, iPods, and other small electronics
  • Laundry supplies
  • Medication
  • Power strips
  • Sewing kit
  • Shower supplies, including shoes, towels, a shower caddy, and a bathrobe
  • Small fan
  • Toiletries
  • Wall art

For those who are flying, it might make more sense to ship items instead of pay the extra baggage fees. Take into account the amount of time it will take to ship your boxes and how busy the campus mailrooms will be. Typically, you’ll want to have your items packed and shipped several weeks in advance of move-in day. Check with your school for information and advice on delivery details.

The “Leave it at Home” List

As a general rule of thumb, leave anything you can’t fit in the back of an SUV at home. You can always ship items later, or bring them back to school after a break.

  • Books and notes from high school
  • Clothes from high school
  • Excessive Kitchen supplies and utensils
  • Furniture
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Off-season clothes and shoes
  • Your entire collection of stuffed animals and other knickknacks

When it’s time to ship your child’s belonging to college, don’t wait until the last minute! Visit the AIM Mail Center location nearest you for packing supplies and shipping services. The friendly professionals can even professional package your items for safe arrival and compare UPS and FedEx shipping rates to help you find the best way to ship your boxes!

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