Going To College In 2018 – Here Are Some Moving Tips And Student Advice

preparing to move out of stateMoving from out of state to attend college is an awesome experience, one that will be a memorable moment in your life. There’s a lot you can not control, however, there are a number of things you can control to make your move better. If you are moving around locally to attend an in-state school then you pretty much got it made, but if you are traveling from Portland, Oregon to attend Rutgers College than you got a long distance move ahead of you and you should prepare accordingly. Below are a few helpful tips that should help you better prepare for your big move.

Pack Efficiently

If you have ever stumbled into a dorm room, you know that floor space is limited, so prepare by packing efficiently and limit needed junk. Before you pack your moving truck with what you think you may need, you need to consider these few thoughts.

1. Weather

Do your homework before you move out, confirm what winter attire you may need to get you through the school year. It’s possible that your clothing selection you have now isn’t right for the area you are moving too. If you are moving into a very cold area like New Jersey is in the winter, grab a jacket, gloves, boots, hats, and anything else you can bundle with. The last thing you want to do is arrive at school and not have appropriate clothes. As limited as space may be in your new dorm room, you can make room for winter clothing, trust me it’s worth it.

2. Everything You Need

Start packaging boxes containing things you’ll absolutely need when you arrive. Things like your clothes, bedding, and hygiene supplies will be the priority here. In addition, be realistic with the phrase “need.”

3. Everything You Don’t Need

When you’ve made space for your must-have items, minimal packingyou likely still have things you want to take but don’t necessarily need. Be careful here, as whatever you pack will need to be unpacked, and packed again when you move out. You may enjoy your stuffed animal collection, but it may be a good idea to leave it at home with mom and dad. Again, keep the weather in your mind.

4. Do Some Research

It might not seem like the most interesting thing to do, but it is going to pay off after you are moved and settled into your new place. Take some time to explore your new surroundings so that you may have a better idea about the states landscape, local attractions, and things to do after you get moved in.

5. Leverage Resources

Whether you are flying or driving when you move, you can facilitate your trip with different services. Double check with the school to see if they offer any student aid when moving in from out of state. It’s possible that they have something worked out with a local group of college movers that can help you get unpacked and settled.

6. Plan Ahead Of Time

Preparing for college is a busy time, you will need to plan ahead to make sure you have everything you need to make the move. Give yourself plenty of time to book rental trucks, rooms if it’s a road trip, movers, and storage units if you need one. There are companies like Bluebell Moving and Storage that facilitate out of state moves like these. But using any relocation service in your area will help. Just give ample time to schedule your move with them.


Moving out of state can be hectic for a young student on the go for the first time. While it’s hectic, it is also an exciting time in life to move, travel, and experience new things. Everything I mentioned above will help you on this journey you will embark on. Take notes, plan, pack, and enjoy the adventure of a lifetime that is college!