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The 12 Ultimate Easy Tips for College Dorm Move-In Day

12 well described tips on how and what to do during your college move-in day. These tips are based on the very essential things for your dorm move-in day such as packing, shopping essentials, paperwork and how you will plan ahead for this day. This tips will help you make your day less stressful and less chaotic.

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Amanda

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Last Updated: January 8th, 2021


The 12 Ultimate Easy Tips for College Dorm Move-In Day
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My Table of content

  1. Read Through the Paperwork
  2. Only Pack the Essentials
  3. Use Boxes for Packing
  4. Organize and Sort your Items
  5. Pack Casual and Seasonal Clothes Strategically
  6. Bring a Basic First Aid kit and a Toolkit
  7. Carry Some of Your Treasures
  8. Bring a Handcart or Wait for One
  9. Ship Items and Buy Items When You Get There
  10. Inspect the Room Before Move-In
  11. Move In Early
  12. Plan Dorm Layout Beforehand
  13. Bring Snacks and Have Tissues Nearby



You've done your dorm shopping list and now you are preparing for your easy dorm move-in day for your higher education adventure or college adventure. To make your transition easy these tips will help you streamline your dorm move-in day process.

These tips are based on the very essential things for your dorm move-in day such as packing, shopping essentials, paperwork and how you will plan ahead for this day. This tips will help you make your day less stressful and less chaotic.

1. Read Through the Paperwork

Person reading through college paperwork

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Have you read through everything? Read even the papers related to housing that the residence office sent. Get to know the location, check-in times and procedures they have set for college dorm move-in day.

When you reread the papers you will know which necessary forms you will be required to carry from health reports to student ID number. This will also reduce your stress during the college move-in day.

You will also get to know whether your college will allow unloading your items before registration or you will be allowed to unload and move-in after registration. Some schools will allow your family to pull cars right to the dorm door while others will allow you to pack a distance away.

2. Only Pack the Essentials

Dorms do supply the basic items such as furniture so no need to include furniture. Pack only the essentials such as bed linens, towels, toiletries, school supplies and clothes. If your items can not fit in the back of an average car, there are non-essential things that you have packed for your move-in day.

Things such as a TV are not essential especially when you have live TV and media on laptops, tablets and phones. Some dorms do have a TV which will lower the chances of you using your TV.

3. Use Boxes for Packing

Boxes or storage bins are easier to group your items while packing . After packing your items in boxes it will be much easier to pack them in the car because of their regular shapes rather than packing in shopping bags or trash bags.

Boxes will be much easier to lug them up in the multiple flights of crowded stairs in your college dorm especially when the boxes have handholds. Many dorms do not have elevators and if there are they will most likely be crammed.

When packing your items, boxes which will be having your spare items will not need to be unpacked after moving-into your dorm. You can utilize the underground storage space and keep your box there.

4. Organize and Sort your Items

Organize and sort your items

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Organizing your items while packing them will prevent a lot of mishaps from happen. Don't pack laundry supplies and food items in one box if you do not want your chips (food items) to smell like your detergent.

Don't be in a hurry to settle more easily and quickly when you just sling stuff into random boxes. Group similar items in one storage box.

5. Pack Casual and Seasonal Clothes Strategically

At your school you will need plenty of casual, workout clothes, comfortable clothing and a nice outfit or two. Depending on the subject you will major, we recommend packing one or more outfits.

If you will be doing music major, pack some formal concert wear or if your school uses Greek system and you are interested in participating, pack some couple outfits in there for your dorm move-in dat.

Some schools have dress codes where they require floor-length dark skirts or dark suits even though dress codes in most colleges are changing with the times. Check the college move-in papers and see what's required and shop accordingly. Woolen clothes for winter

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You will not need heavy woolen winter clothes in the summer, have them delivered to you in the winter season or during Thanksgiving, swap out your seasonal wear with the winter clothes.

6. Bring a Basic First Aid kit and a Toolkit

During your move-in day you may need to bunk the beds, raise or lower mattresses or deal with minor repairs. A toolkit with a basic hammer, pliers and some screwdrivers can be a lifesaver on your college move-in day.

Duct tapes, zip ties and cable ties will often come handy as well in your move-in day. When your family is returning back, make sure they leave the toolkit with you as you might need it during the semester.

Another essential dorm item that most students lack is a first aid kit. Your first aid kit should contain a minimum disinfectant wipes or sprays, sport tapes, bandages and over the counter painkillers such as ibuprofen. Have some pair of scissors and tweezers in there, stuff do happen.

7. Carry Some of Your Treasures

Treasures to carry

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Treasures such as photos of your friends and your loved ones will make a comforting, cozy environment in your dorm room. There won't be much space for a lot of treasures but the ones you will carry will have an impact.

A personalized pillow, photo or mug with a picture of the thing you loved at home may help you keep from feeling homesick.

8. Bring a Handcart or Wait for One

Moving into a dorm can take multiple trips back and forth between the car and your room. Carrying multiple boxes with your hands through the crowded hallway and steep stairs can be exhaustive very fast. Try to make this as painless as possible.

Some dorms may provide some sort of cart or assistance to students and families during their college move-in day. Getting this help a lot of the times is time-consuming due to the high demand. Coming with some sort of handcart can help this process go more quickly and help you save multiple hours.

9. Ship Items and Buy Items When You Get There

If you will not be taking a car, your parents may ship the items you need to be delivered in school, order items online to be sent to a designated area or wait until you get there and shop the items.

Buy groceries after move-in to college

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There are a lot of things that you will not be requiring to buy beforehand such as a microwave, TV. You can buy these items later when you settle down and if you have a roommate they might come with some of these items and see later what you can add.

If your parents will be shipping items let them do some homework to avoid making some key mistakes like the kind that will leave you borrowing a towel for some days at your dorm roommates.

10. Inspect the Room Before Move-In

When you move-in to your dorm the first thing you should is inspecting the room. Check whether the room has broken windows, chipped furniture to carpet stains. It's critical you perform a thorough inspection and mark off any problem areas.

Take pictures of any problems with your phone. If the problem is severe report the issue. This will help when it comes to dorm move-out day, you won't be charged extra for existing damage.

Last thing to inspect is your bed before bringing in your items. Check whether the bedding has rips, stains and signs of bedbugs. If there are report the matter and get another room for your own comfort.

11. Move In Early

Most colleges have a schedule of how students will move into their dorm depending on the floor. Arriving some minutes before time will help on how things go smoothly.

Arriving at the earliest will help you beat the rush and also it might help you getting there before your roommate. Moving in before your roommate will make life much more easier for you.

Getting there first will allow you to choose which side of the room you want to take. You will not also be crammed while trying to unpack your things if your roommate was there.

12. Plan Dorm Layout Beforehand

Plan dorm layout beforehand

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If you get to know your roommate beforehand, talk to them and brainstorm what kind of dorm layout you would want- lofting beds? Where would you like to put the TV and futon, etc.

This can be very time consuming later for students when they had not planned anything before and they end up moving the furniture around like 10x. If you and your roommate decide what layout idea you want for your dorm room, the quicker the process.

13. Bring Snacks and Have Tissues Nearby

While moving in you will get hungry and exhausted. Dorm move-in day will take some couple of hours and if you will have eaten before you will be hungry again by the time you're done.

After moving-into your college dorm you will be too exhausted to cook so you will end up getting something to eat. Bringing water and snacks will help you refill your stomach so that you do not end up starving.

Carry some tissues for your family members. Packing off to school will be an emotional process and undertaking. If one of your family member might get a little bit weepy hand them a tissue before they go back in the car and open their floodgates.

Happy College Move-In Day!


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