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

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman 

Moving to College

Summer consistently flies by, but if you're the mother or father of a soon-to-be-college freshman, it goes at warp pace. Your to-do checklist appears to be never-ending, and also at the end of your list may be the big question--how do you get every little thing from your home to the university in Little Rock? If 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 school is across the country and also you are living in the metropolis in addition to drive a Prius, moving to Little Rock could be a real predicament. Here are several ideas to help you to move down the list, so you can enjoy your final couple of months with your fledgling.

Getting It Together

Currently, cyberspace makes school buying a piece of cake. Numerous retailers offer a college checklist page that even includes a registry--kind of similar to when you got married, only bathroom towels and bedding for just one. It's also possible to shop at home and pick up your purchases close to campus in Little Rock, or shop on the web and get your order shipped straight to the dorm room. As an additional benefit, a multitude of locations give free shipping if you spend in excess of a certain amount. This Generation whatever the letter was raised over the internet consequently, in their mind, every other way to get ready for school appears to be weird.

If your child wants to go shopping in person, your first stop needs to be someplace for big bins--an assortment 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 have forgotten.) Tag the bins with masking tape, again so they can be used over again.

Packing attire is unique for your situation, not necessarily a one-size-fits-all method. Certain parts of the country have a fairly constant climate, where winter means a big jacket and lasts about 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 a fairly short distance, so swapping out a wardrobe is simple. Or, it may be a thousand miles away from you and everything for the year moves at one time. Regardless of how many bags you load up, leave just a duffle bag and possibly a hanging bag there--space is tight, and you may bring all of 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 your home to school. Here are some options for moving to Little Rock, go ahead and blend and match.

· Driving Yourself--if you possess an SUV or perhaps two plus your mileage is not much more than one or two hundred miles, you are able to probably 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 drawback to travelling a lengthy distance is that implies time off from your job, and hotels during the trip. It may also indicate babysitters for younger siblings, 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 serious funds, so shipping is really the only thing that is sensible with air travel.

· Hiring Movers--may seem to be extravagant, but in the long run might be a truly handy solution. If you have that Prius and therefore are considering renting a sport utility vehicle and all the expenses that go with 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'll have help actually moving the boxes.

Now that you've selected the logistics for relocating Junior into the dormitory, commence your checklist for your real 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, verify they will be around for that). These students are excellent sources for eateries, as well.

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

· Check-in--Student Housing offices are usually a fair distance from the actual students and their dorms. Before you snag a parking spot at the dormitory and begin unloading, be sure you can get in the building. Institutions vary regarding check-in policies--some have team members at the dorms distributing Identification cards along with keys, others, you must stop by the office so that you can let them know you're there and get started.

· 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 might not get cleaned yet again until May. Take along some wipes along with a dry mop so that you can dust the surfaces and flooring, and a small organizer of common cleaning supplies to leave. Some schools have housekeeping, but most don't and young adults have not become far more scrupulous with regards to cleaning in the recent times. (A lot of things never change.)

· Rentals--Find out the charge to rent a mini-fridge and microwave from the school, and determine if it's less than purchasing. Factor in things like maintenance and moving to and from 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 types 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 provide coffee and muffins plus a little hand-holding.

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

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

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

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

An old custom of leaving small notes tucked inside pockets is a great one--just a line to let your freshman know you're thinking about them is a great touch, and it's really your decision 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!!