Make a list
A comprehensive list is the best way to stay organized and ensure no item is left behind. Download a list online and then tailor it to your needs. Once you’re fully packed, review the list one last time to make sure you aren’t forgetting anything.
This might be the most challenging aspect of moving into a college dorm. But remember—your college quarters will be smaller than what you’re used to at home. If you’re heading home for a weekend before the holidays, swap out your summer clothes for your winter jackets when you return home. Set aside items that didn’t make the first cut wait until you get settled at school to decide if you need them and then have your parents mail them.
Consider the necessities
Bed sheets, a trusted alarm clock and shower shoes are collegiate necessities. Other necessities, like a mini-fridge or TV, are essential, but you don’t have to pack these large items in your car. Talk to your roommate and divide the mutual items. Even better, many universities offer rental microwaves and fridges. Also wait to buy storage solutions and school supplies until you get to campus; you’ll have a better idea of what you need once you see your living space and classes begin.
DIY or hired movers
For local moves, a do-it-yourself move often makes more sense. Contact your local movers for boxes and packing materials. If you’re making a cross-country move, and especially if you’re bringing furniture, hired movers can make this transition seamless.