Attending a college or university is a massive opportunity for any student. Continuing your education to find the career that you will pursue whole-heartedly for a lifetime, is a chance that not everyone is fortunate enough to experience. If you are packing up your belongings or helping someone else out, there are some tips and tricks you should consider before embarking on the rest of your life.

Needs Before Wants

Sort through everything you have in your room and determine what items going in the ‘need’ pile and which ones belong in the ‘want’ pile. Your dorm isn’t going to be much larger than the room your inhabiting right now, so hold that in mind when you want to bring a truckload of your life to college with you.

A tip to have everything organizing from the beginning is constructing piles to keep, giveaway and trash. A good rule of thumb for deciding what to save is if you haven’t worn it or used in the last six months, does it have a place in your repertoire?

Plan Ahead

The average college semester is 4 to 5 months depending on the season. Keep that fact in mind before you bring your entire life with you to university. If you know that you’re not going to be attending a grand ball anytime soon, it’s probably best to leave your elegant gowns at home.

When fall rolls around, think about what you will logically need for this season. Cardigans, several pairs of jeans, boots, light jackets, and layers. Keep it light and remember that layering is your friend.

Buy Things When You Get There

Stocking up on school supplies can be such an exciting part of college. From the smell of the books to the shiny writing utensils, those items can easily be purchased at the nearest Target or Office Depot. Aside from that, toiletries can be cumbersome and needless space fillers in your boxes.

Toiletries and kitchen items can be left home and purchased a nearby store you arrive at your destination. This will lighten the load when you’re in travel and allow you to familiarize yourself with the new area you’ll be living in for the next few years.

InterWest Moving and Storage

We understand that going away to college can be a stressful time. With these tips, you can better prepare yourself to start your college education. InterWest Moving and Storage wishes to make moving as smooth as possible for everyone!