Congratulations, you just found out that the school you’ve had your eye on has decided that you would be a welcome addition to its student body. After the initial elation has worn off and you’ve finished making your round of excited phone calls to your friends and family, the reality of the situation hits you – your new school is a plane ride away and you’ve never moved more than one city over in your entire life. Luckily, the state line-crossing moving experience can be a relatively stress-free affair as long as you plan ahead, pack as light as possible, and bring reinforcements.
Planning ahead is crucial to making your move experience as pleasant as possible. As soon as the information is made available, you should check with the school to see exactly where you will be living. Look up the location on the school’s website, which should provide you with details about the dimensions of the dorm and the floor plan of the building. Dorm rooms are typically very small, and even more so because you will likely be sharing the space with one other person. After you’ve scoped out how much space you have to work with, make a list of all the things you will need to make the space comfortable, such as bedding, a computer, a lamp, and maybe an extra set of storage containers. A desk, bed, and dressers will be provided, so do not plan on bringing any of those things. Plan to buy the bulk of the things on your “items needed” list in the city where your school is, or at least have your things shipped there. Do not plan to bring more than just your bare essentials and a good collection of clothing with you on the airplane.
Also check with your future roommate to see what he or she will be bringing. If he or she is bringing a microwave, you obviously do not need to bring one. Space is already tight, so the last thing you need is a duplicate of everything. In addition to buying what you need on location, you need to also pack light for your flight. Bring companions, such as family members, with you to help you move in. You can also use their luggage allotments to bring more of your own things, such as extra clothes or your laptop. The most important thing to keep in mind in order to make moving to a new state easy is that you have plenty of time to get settled in, so bring only what you need. Packing light and traveling with good company is the most enjoyable way to settle into your new dorm.