Preparing for College Move-in Day in Colorado Springs--Getting There will be Half the Enjoyment

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman 

Moving to College

Summer invariably flies by, nevertheless, if you are the mum or dad of a soon-to-be-college freshman, it goes at warp velocity. Your to-do checklist looks never-ending, and also at the end of the list will be the big question--how can you get every little thing from home to the university in Colorado Springs? If your kid will be heading to college down the highway plus you've got a minivan, you'll be able to congratulate yourself and locate something else to study. Should your child's dream college is across the nation and you reside in the town and drive a Prius, moving to Colorado Springs can be a real frustration. Here are several ideas to help you to maneuver through the list, meaning you can enjoy your final few days together with your fledgling.

Getting It Together

These days, the internet renders school purchasing very simple. Many retailers give you a college checklist page which also incorporates a registry--kind of like when you got married, just shower towels and sheets for a single person. You can even shop at your house and grab your purchases close to campus in Colorado Springs, or shop online and get your order sent directly to the dorm room. As an added benefit, a multitude of locations give free delivery should you spend in excess of a certain amount. This Age group whatever the letter was raised on the internet so, to them, almost every other way to get ready for college seems odd.

In case your kid would like to shop in person, a starting point ought to be someplace for large bins--an variety of sizes, allowing you to leave some there (determine what the under-bed clearance is; storage is reasonably limited) and re-use them on move-out day. (College students move lots, in case you have forgotten.) Label the bins with masking tape, again to allow them to be used again.

Packing clothes is unique for your circumstances, not a one-size-fits-all approach. Some parts of the country have a rather consistent climate, where wintertime means a heavy jacket and persists around three weeks. Some schools are massive and pupils walk a whole lot, others are compressed and urban. Your child's school could be local, so swapping out a wardrobe is easy. Or, it could be thousands of miles away and all the things for that year goes at once. Irrespective of how many bags you pack, leave just a duffle bag and perhaps a hanging bag there--space is constrained, and you may bring the whole set of bags back in May.

Getting It There

Again, each and every scenario is distinctive, but there is an individual constant. Unless you happen to live across the street from the campus in Colorado Springs, you need to get all that stuff from home to school. Here are some alternatives for moving to Colorado Springs, you can blend and match.

· Driving Yourself--if you possess an truck or even a pair and your trip isn't more than a few hundred miles, you can most likely load up and proceed. If you've purchased the essentials on the web and they're coming to the dorm, you may be able to get away with a single automobile. The drawback to driving a long range is that means days off from work for you, and places to stay during the trip. It may also mean babysitters for younger sisters and brothers, or animal boarding, thus keep in mind expenses you will bear.

· Flying--some students are independent and are willing to be dropped off at the airport. Flying may be OK for some families, and you can ship all of their belongings in advance therefore it's there as soon as you arrive. Checking luggage runs into major money, so shipping is often the sole thing which is practical with traveling by plane.

· Hiring Movers--may seem to be luxurious, however in the long run may well be a truly expedient remedy. If you've got that Prius and therefore looking at renting an SUV and all the expenses that accompany a long road trip, using the services of professional movers in Colorado Springs could save you both money and time. Jump inside the Prius and meet the movers at the dorm--and you'll have help actually moving the boxes.

Since you have selected the logistics for moving Junior into the dormitory, commence your checklist for the true moving to Colorado Springs. Quite a few schools move in on a weekday (the more effective to wreak havoc on dad's or mom's work schedules), therefore the initial thing you should do is check out the date and request the time off. Here are several other things to consider.

· Student Help--Most colleges have student volunteers that will help you unpack and move boxes, and set up any furniture (if you are doing a loft, confirm they would be accessible for that). These students are fantastic sources for dinning establishments, as well.

· Stairs or Elevators--If you're lucky enough to have a building with an elevator, be ready to wait in a long, long, line. Chances are good you'll have to contend with stairways in its place; quite possibly up three or four flights.

· Check-in--Student Housing offices tend to be a large distance from the actual university students as well as their dorms. Before you get a parking place at the dorm and begin unloading, make sure you may get in the building. Colleges fluctuate regarding check-in policies--some have team members at the dorms distributing Identification cards and keys, others, you have to visit the office so that you can let them know you're there and get moving.

· Cleaning Supplies--College dormitories aren't known to shine in cleanness. They are cleaned between residents, but not to five-star resort standards--and probably won't get vacuumed yet again until May. Pack some wipes along with a dry mop in order to dust the surfaces and floor, and a small basket of essential cleaning products to leave. Some schools have house cleaning, but most do not and young adults haven't gotten far more conscientious concerning cleaning in the recent years. (A lot of things never change.)

· Rentals--Find out the price to rent a mini-fridge and microwave oven from the university, and determine whether it's cheaper than purchasing. Consider things like repairs and also travel to and from your house whenever you make your decision--they're each cheap to buy, however, if something goes wrong, it's your quandary.

· Parent Programming--Find out what sorts of events are scheduled for parents on moving day. Should you be going to a sizeable state college, there probably will not be a whole lot offered except in cases where your son or daughter is an athlete or perhaps in the honors school or something along those lines. Smaller colleges are usually more prone to provide coffee and muffins along with a little hand-holding.

· Bring Snacks--If you are the parents who show up with bagels as well as donuts for the student help, they will adore you and also put in a bit of excess energy with your boxes. Pack a cooler with water and goodies for yourselves, too. It'll be a long day.

· Be Comfortable--Wherever you happen to be, moving in day will be the hottest day of the year. Unless of course it is the rainiest. Put on loose-fitting clothes and cozy footwear, but try not to humiliate your daughter or son with dad socks and sandals.

· Allotted Parking--Find out if perhaps there might be designated parking places near the entrance doors, and in that case how long can you be in one. You'll probably have 20-30 minutes to unload, after that go park in another lot for the box hauling and set up.

After you have unloaded as well as unpacked in Colorado Springs, then it's time if you want to go. Allow yourself a few minutes to say adios and leave with your head held high and your sniffles in balance until you're out of the parking lot.

A well-used custom involving leaving small notes tucked inside pockets is a good one--just a line to let your freshman know you are thinking about them is a great touch, and it's your choice how serious or funny you wish to be. However you communicate, keep doing it.

If you are searching for a professional mover in Colorado Springs to assist in moving your college student, give A-1 Freeman Moving Group a shout!!