Getting ready for College Move-in Day in Little Rock--Getting There can be Half the Enjoyment

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman 

Moving to College

Summer always flies by, however, if you're the mother or father of a soon-to-be-college freshman, it will go at warp speed. Your to-do checklist appears to be never-ending, and also at the bottom of your list is the massive question--how can you get every little thing from home to the university in Little Rock? In case your young person is actually going to college down the road and you have a minivan, you can congratulate yourself and obtain something more productive to study. When your child's dream college is across the nation and also you are living in the metropolis in addition to drive a Prius, moving to Little Rock can be a legitimate predicament. Here are several ideas to help you to move down the list, allowing you to enjoy your final couple of months with your fledgling.

Getting It Together

Currently, cyberspace can make school buying a piece of cake. Many retailers offer a college checklist page that even includes a registry--kind of similar to when you got married, only towels and bedding for one. You can even purchase at home and pick up your purchases close to campus in Little Rock, or shop on the web and get your order delivered directly to the dormitory. As an additional bonus, a multitude of locations give free shipping should you spend in excess of a certain amount. This Gen whatever the letter was raised over the internet therefore, in their mind, any other way to get prepared for school appears to be weird.

If your child would like to go shopping in person, your first stop needs to be someplace for big bins--an variety of sizes, meaning you can leave some there (determine what the under-bed clearance is; storage is limited) and re-use them on move-out day. (University students move a LOT, if you've forgotten.) Tag the bins with masking tape, again to allow them to be used over again.

Packing attire is unique for your circumstance, not necessarily a one-size-fits-all method. Certain parts of the country have a fairly consistent environment, where winter means a heavy jacket and lasts around three weeks. Some campuses are large and students walk a great deal, others are compressed and metropolitan. Your child's school may very well be across town, so trading out a wardrobe is easy. Or, it might be a thousand miles away from you and everything for the year moves at one time. Regardless of how many suitcases you pack, leave only a duffle bag and possibly a hanging bag there--space is tight, and you may bring all the suitcases back in May.

Getting It There

Again, each situation is unique, there is however a single constant. Unless you happen to reside across the road from the campus in Little Rock, you have to get all that stuff from home to school. Here are some options for moving to Little Rock, go ahead and mix and match.

· Driving Yourself--if you possess an Sports utility vehicle or perhaps two plus your distance is not more than one or two hundred miles, you can most likely load up and head out. If you've ordered the essentials on the internet and they're coming to the dorm, you may be capable of getting away with a single car or truck. The downside to travelling a lengthy distance is that implies days off from your job, and accommodations during the trip. It can also indicate babysitters for younger brothers and sisters, or animal boarding, thus consider expenditures you will sustain.

· Flying--some kids are self-sufficient and therefore are content to be dropped off at the airport terminal. Flying may be suitable for some families, and you could ship all of their things in advance so it is there when you come in. Checking luggage incurs significant funds, so shipping is usually the sole thing that is sensible with airline travel.

· Hiring Movers--may seem to be extravagant, but in the long run may well be a truly handy remedy. If you have that Prius and therefore are considering renting a sport utility vehicle and all the expenses that accompany a lengthy journey, hiring professional movers in Little Rock could help you save time and money. Get in the Prius and meet the movers at the dorm--and you will have help actually moving the boxes.

Now that you've chosen the logistics for relocating Junior into the dorm, commence your checklist for your actual moving to Little Rock. Quite a few schools move in on a weekday (the better to wreak havoc on mom's or dad's work schedules), so the first thing you will need to do is check out the date and take the time off. Below are a few other suggestions to bear in mind.

· Student Help--Most universities have student volunteers to assist you unpack and move cartons, and set up any furniture (if you are using a loft, confirm they will be around for that). These students are excellent sources for dinning establishments, too.

· Stairs or Elevators--If you happen to be fortunate enough to have a building having an elevator, get ready to wait in a long, long, line. Odds are good you will need to manage stairways in its place; potentially up three or four flights.

· Check-in--Student Housing offices tend to be a fair distance from the actual students and their dorms. Before you snag a parking spot at the dormitory and start unloading, be sure you can get in the building. Colleges vary regarding check-in policies--some have personnel at the dorms distributing Identification cards and also keys, others, you must stop by the office in order to let them know you're there and get going.

· Cleaning Supplies--College dormitories usually are not known to excel in cleanliness. They are cleaned in between inhabitants, however it is not to five-star hotel standards--and may not get cleaned yet again until May. Pack some wipes and a dry mop so that you can dust the surfaces and floor, and a small organizer of standard cleaning supplies to leave. A few schools have housekeeping, but many don't and young adults have not become far more conscientious with regards to cleaning in the recent years. (A lot of things never change.)

· Rentals--Find out the charge to rent a mini-fridge and microwave from the school, and see whether it's less than purchasing. Take into account things like maintenance and moving back and forth from your home when you make your decision--they're each cheap to buy, but then, if something goes wrong, it is your quandary.

· Parent Programming--Find out precisely what sorts of activities are planned for moms and dads on moving day. Should you be headed to sizeable state college, there will not be a tremendous amount offered except in cases where your kid is an athlete or perhaps in the honors college or something along those lines. Small schools are usually more apt to make available coffee and muffins plus a little hand-holding.

· Bring Snacks--If you are the parents who arrive with bagels or donuts for the student help, they will love you and put in a little excess effort with your boxes. Pack a cooler with drinks and goodies for yourselves, also. It's going to be a long day.

· Be Comfortable--Wherever you are, moving in day will be the hottest day of the entire year. Unless it is the rainiest. Dress in loose clothes and comfortable sneakers, but do not embarrass your son or daughter with dad socks and flip flops.

· Allotted Parking--Find out if perhaps there are allocated parking spaces close to the entrance doors, and if so how long are you able to be in one. You'll probably have 20-30 minutes in order to unload, then go park in a different lot for the box hauling and set up.

After you have unloaded and unpacked in Little Rock, it is time so that you can head out. Allow a few minutes to say goodbye and then leave with your head held high and your sniffles in balance until you're out of the parking zone.

A classic custom regarding leaving small notes tucked inside pockets is a superb one--just a line to let your freshman know you're thinking about them is a great touch, and it's really up to you exactly how serious or funny you wish to be. However you communicate, keep doing it.

If you are searching for a professional mover in Little Rock to help move your college student, give A-1 Freeman Moving Group a shout!!