Tips for a long distance college move

There are many types of relocation. You could either move for a job, for a new bigger house, for a loved one and also because you got accepted into college. It can be quite challenging when you are moving to your new university. First of all, this would be the first time young people would live away from their families. Second of all, you might encounter problems when deciding what to bring with you. As you might know, student dormitories are not that big. You might not have enough space for all of your items. In addition to this, if you are moving long-distance, you might not have enough space in your luggage so you might need to hire Hong Kong movers and packers. For this reason, here are all the tips for a long-distance college move 

Get your items sorted for a long-distance college move 

If you are moving to UK from Hong Kong, then you cannot bring a lot of items with you. You have to consider the weight you can bring with you. The same applies when you are moving across the country as well. For this reason, you should sort your things out. You should declutter your room properly. Go through your items and divide them into three piles. The first one should be for all the items you want to bring with you. The second one should be for items that are still in good condition but you do not want to use them anymore. You can either try to sell those items online or you can donate them to less fortunate people. Lastly, the third pile is for items that are in bad condition. You should throw these items in the garbage. 

person looking at clothes
See which clothes you want to bring

Choose your items carefully 

After you declutter your room, you will have an idea about the size of your items. Usually, it is much bigger than you can actually bring with you. For this reason, you should plan for the seasons. You should do little research about your university and its location. For example, most young people go to China’s livable cities for universities. You should check the weather in those cities so you can plan your luggage properly.

If your new city mostly experiences high temperatures, then there is no point in bringing winter clothes. However, if your city has all four seasons, then, you should mostly pack clothes for the upcoming season. If you are moving for the semester that starts in fall, then pack clothes for rain and later snow.   

You can buy later when organizing a long-distance college move 

As mentioned before, you should pack mostly clothes and items suitable for the upcoming season. What happens when that season is over? It is quite easy. You can buy new clothes for spring or summer, etc. You can always bring your favorite summer dresses or short-sleeved shirts. They will not take a lot of space in your luggage. However, prioritize the clothes that you will need shortly after your relocation, for example, when moving to Hong Kong during winter. If you pack your items properly, you can fit more items inside than you first thought. In addition to this, you should not bring a lot of pens, notebooks, and other school supplies. You can always buy these school supplies once you arrive at your campus. Usually, stores near universities would have sales for school supplies

an open suitcase
Pack your items smartly so you can save space

Shipping your items is also an option 

If you really want to bring some items with you but you just do not have enough space, do not worry. You can always ship your items later to your new relocation. It is quite easy to ship your items to your new location, even if you have moved internationally. Nowadays, you can find good international shipping companies. However, you should keep in mind this is not exactly a cheap option. Shipping internationally can be quite expensive. You should also consider the import rules of your new country if you’re shipping items internationally. If not, then you just need to take into account the weight of your shipment and distance to your new home. Sometimes, it is more affordable to buy new items instead of shipping your old ones. However, if you really want them, you can always ship them to your new address. 

Talk to your new roommate about a long-distance college move 

If you plan to live in the dormitory or if you plan to rent a place, you will probably have a roommate or two. If you know these people in advance, you should talk with them. It would be unnecessary to bring items if they are already provided by the dormitory. In addition to this, since most dormitory rooms are quite small, you will not be able to fit all of your items inside.

In addition to this, you need to consider your roommate’s items as well. They probably have a lot of luggage so you need to coordinate your items. For example, you do not have to bring a trash can if it’s already there, a carpet, and other similar items. For this reason, it is important to meet your roommate before your relocation so you make a list of things that you need together. 

two women talking about long distance college move
Meet your roommate before moving in together

Pack mostly essential items 

Lastly, you should focus mostly on essential items when you’re organizing a long-distance college move. These items would include the following. 

  • Toiletries 
  • Clothes for the upcoming season 
  • Bedding, towels, pillows 
  • Electronic devices 
  • Medication if you have any 
  • Shoes 

In addition to this, you can also bring small things that will remind you of your home. This can include your favorite plushie, pictures, your diary, favorite cup or plate, and so on. It is hard to live alone when you are going to college, so make sure to bring something that will bring you happiness. 

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