You have been anticipating this day for months. The time has come to move your child to college. Move in Day is so exciting. Your child is looking forward to this step towards independence. Your anxiety level is probably very high at this moment. It is truly bitter sweet. We moved our daughter to college for her Freshman year in 2016 and moved her again for her Sophomore year 2017. Here are some tips to help make the move as smooth as possible.
Know the move in date and designated time slot
Have the address in your GPS
Print out any special move in instructions and take them with you
Create a Checklist:
Include all items
Check them off as you pack them into the vehicle
For assistance on what to pack see College Dorm Checklist
Items to take with you to ease the moving process:
Hand Truck or Dolly- for moving heavy items
Small tool kit with the basics- (screwdriver, hammer, power drill & measuring tape) for possible assembly
Door prop- to keep the door open for ease of moving and better circulation in the small space
Pen and Paper- to write a list of any items you need to run out for before you leave
Tissues- for the uncontrolled water works you may experience at any point and definitely will when you drive away
Phone/Camera- don’t forget to take a few pictures
The campus may have students there to help move items from your vehicle to the dorm. This is awesome, if available. If not, siblings, especially brothers, make very good helpers. The process of transferring the items from your vehicle to the dorm will probably go quite fast. Expect the possibility of climbing stairs and working in hot temperatures. Once everything is moved in I suggest helping get the bed made and any assembly work done, then leave. It is better to allow your child some time and space to adjust to their new environment. It is a crowded space for two people not to mention the additional family members.
We stayed in a local hotel that night and met up with our daughter the next morning. Then we discussed how her first night went and what more was needed to complete her move in. We went to the store together to get the last items. Followed this with lunch together then said our goodbyes. It will probably be a tough time for all of you. Your child will realize at this moment that their whole world is changing. Be strong and drive away.
Do you have any tips to add? Please share in the comments below.