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3 Valuable Tips to Know When Moving your College Student

May 24, 2018

Summer is upon us. My kids are getting out of school very shortly. While there are certainly family vacations in the future of many, some are preoccupied with getting their new college student’s plans aligned. Moving is stressful to most of us: ranked just below divorce. It can be even more so when your son or daughter is going to be living by themselves in a strange city perhaps on the other side of the country from you.

When I went into college, it was easy. The school was 8 hours away and we had a mini-van, so we loaded it up and got ready to go. Then, the morning of, the van didn’t start… So that necessitated a last minute repacking into a small four door sedan. Many items were left behind. Often we are lucky enough to get to drive our kids there, but not always…

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Check out these simple ideas to make moving more economical, easy, and effective.

There are a few ways to go about this, but here are some tips for getting your college student there safely and with all they need.

When packing, put all the books, DVDs, and magazines together in one box. This can be sent media mail, also known as book rate. It’s probably the most economical way to get something across the country.

Spending the money to move the basics may just be throwing cash down the drain. Unless your college-bound child is going to be in a really remote backwater town somewhere, save your money in the shipment of shampoo, soap, notebooks, office supplies… Instead, get them a gift card to Target or Wal-Mart and let them load up when they get there. Or let Amazon drop ship it for you.

Consider a slow boat….er…truck. Most of the time all the items won’t be needed right away, especially if on-campus housing and a dining hall are part of the plan. So consider sending something via truck in what is called LTL, or Less than Truck Load. At Postal Connections we do a large number of these for customers who are not moving furniture, or who are moving only smaller pieces. It’s more economical than sending the boxes one at a time. These items should be properly boxed and strapped to a pallet to ensure safe arrival.

I hope these tips help your high school grads move onto their next adventure!

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