It seems like it was just a few days ago that I was writing tips about how to pack for college as I was sending my first child away, and now it’s time to think about coming home? Time certainly does fly as she’s just a few weeks away from finishing her first year.
Since she’s several hours away and doesn’t have a car this year, this is going to require a little planning. Even though it hasn’t happened yet, here are a few things I’ve learned so far:
1. Know the rules and the dates of move-out - My daughter has to be out of her dorm 24 hours after her last exam and, after looking at the exam schedule I noticed her last exam is on the final day of school, so it’s not going to leave much time to pack. Also, you have to check out with the RA and there’s a room inspection, so we need to be sure to leave time to clean, too.
2. Check your own schedule - School is several hours away from home, so moving her out will mean an overnight stay for us on a weekday, so vacation time is required on my part, and I even remembered to request it early!
3. Make hotel reservations early - Plan your trip as soon as possible, I’ve discovered that the trip to move her out also coincides with the university’s graduation and the nearest hotel I could book is 45 minutes away! Even if I could have gotten a room in town, the prices were all sky high, so I imagine it pays to reserve early.
4. Ship boxes to your student ahead of time - Since she’ll be in exams, it’s not going to leave a lot of time for packing. I’ve sent boxes to her so (crosses fingers) she can pack a little at a time. If school is a long way from home, have your student ship the boxes back packed with things they can spare before school is done.
5. Bring back a little at a time - If it’s an option, bring back a little with you when you visit since move-out day may be crazy and vehicle space is limited. I’ve already brought some winter clothes of hers home, and I’m going to visit next week and I hope to bring back things like unused kitchen items, shelves and other miscellaneous items.
I hope planning ahead a little pays off, I’ll let you know how it goes!