Moving a child to college for the first time is a major milestone in the lives of parents and their children. In addition to the cocktail of emotions that come with the move into their college living situation, many practical considerations and preparations must be made. With so much to prepare for before college move-in day, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. To help ensure college move-in day runs as smoothly as possible, we’ve compiled the following list of things parents wish they had known before moving their kids to college.
Make A List Of Dorm Room Essentials
Take time to figure out exactly what your child needs to settle into their dorm. Many universities provide lists outlining exactly what new students should bring with them. So, review any list provided for help determining what will be essential. Common dorm room essentials include towels, bedding, storage, pillows, a trash can, a microwave, a mini fridge, and bathroom supplies.
Review Dorm Rules & Regulations
In addition to reviewing what dorm essentials will be needed, it’s important to familiarize yourself and your student with any dorm room rules and regulations. After all, you don’t want to waste time packing items the university doesn’t allow. For example, you wouldn’t want to buy your student a bunch of scented candles just to discover the dorms don’t allow open flames.
Bring Cleaning Supplies
Many parents recommend bringing cleaning supplies on move-in day. Bring a vacuum to clean the floor and some disinfectant wipes to wipe down the room’s surfaces.
Have A Tool Kit Handy
In addition to cleaning supplies, many parents recommend bringing a tool kit just in case. When you and your student arrive at their new home, you may discover a bolt or screw that needs tightening or a piece of furniture that needs to be constructed, and you’ll be glad you have a tool kit handy.
Stay Hydrated & Bring Snacks
Healthy, energizing snacks and refreshing drinks are a must-have on a busy moving day. Food and refreshments will help keep the mood light and energy levels up so your family can focus on getting your student settled in.
Document What Your Student Brings
Many parents suggest documenting what their child brings with them to college. This is especially helpful if your child is sharing a space with a few roommates, as you’ll be able to ensure your student can return with all the belongings they brought when it’s time to move out.
Have Your Student Pack Light
The lighter your student packs, the easier the move will be. Have your student only bring clothes for the fall season and then swap them out for warmer clothes when they return for winter break. This is especially smart if your student has limited storage space in their dorm.
Let Your Child Take The Lead
Moving out of home and into college is a significant transition in the lives of children that symbolizes a major step towards independence. With this in mind, letting your student take the lead is important. Ask them where they want things, allow them to make their own decisions, follow their preferences, and let them enjoy their first day of independent living.
Prepare Going-Away Gifts
Finally, consider preparing a going away gift for your student. Something sentimental such as framed family photo can mean a lot to a child leaving home for the first time and some cash or a gift card to their favorite restaurant would surely be much appreciated as well.