Planning 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 time invariably flies by, however, if you're the mum or dad of a soon-to-be-college freshman, it truly is 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 do you get all the things from your residence to school in Little Rock? In case your child is actually heading to college down the highway plus you've got a minivan, you'll be able to congratulate yourself and find something different to read. When your child's dream school is across the nation while you reside in the city as well as drive a Prius, moving to Little Rock could be a substantial stress. Here are several guidelines to help you to maneuver through the list, meaning you can enjoy your final couple of weeks with your fledgling.

Getting It Together

Currently, the internet can make college purchasing a piece of cake. Numerous retailers offer a college checklist page which even has a registry--kind of similar to when you got married, only shower towels and bedding for just one. It's also possible to buy at your house and get your stuff close to campus in Little Rock, or shop on the web and have your order shipped straight to the dorm room. As an added bonus, many places give free shipping if you spend in excess of a specific amount. This Generation whatever the letter was raised on the web thus, for them, almost every other way to get prepared for school seems odd.

In the event your kid would like to shop in person, your first stop should be someplace for big bins--an variety of sizes, allowing you to leave some there (find out what the under-bed clearance is; storage is a premium) and also re-use them on move-out day. (University students move a LOT, in case you have forgotten.) Label the bins with masking tape, again for them to be used over again.

Packing clothing is particular for your circumstances, not a one-size-fits-all method. Some parts of the country have a relatively consistent climate, where winter season means a big jacket and persists about three weeks. Some schools are sizeable and students walk a good deal, others are compressed and urban. Your child's university might be a fairly short distance, so trading out a wardrobe is a snap. Or, it may be lots of miles away and everything for that year moves at the same time. Regardless of how many bags you load up, leave only a duffle bag and perhaps a hanging bag there--space is limited, and you'll bring the whole set of bags back in May.

Getting It There

Again, each scenario is distinct, there is however a single constant. If you don't happen to reside across the road from the campus in Little Rock, you've got to get all of the stuff from home to school. Here are a few possibilities for moving to Little Rock, go ahead and mix and match.

· Driving Yourself--if you own an SUV or even a couple and your mileage is not a lot more than a few hundred miles, you are able to most likely load up and head out. If you've obtained the essentials online and they're coming to the dorm, you might be capable of getting away with one car or truck. The disadvantage to driving a lengthy distance is that means days off from your job, and hotels en route. It may also indicate babysitters for younger brothers and sisters, or dog or cat boarding, thus keep in mind costs you are going to incur.

· Flying--some kids are independent and are content to be dropped off at the airport. Flying may be OK for some families, and you could ship all of their belongings in advance so it's there as soon as you arrive. Checking luggage runs into significant funds, so shipping is really the only thing which is sensible with air travel.

· Hiring Movers--may appear extravagant, however in the long run may well be a really convenient option. If you have that Prius and are investigating renting a sport utility vehicle as well as the costs that go with a lengthy journey, choosing professional movers in Little Rock could save you time and money. Get inside the Prius and meet the movers at the dorm--and you'll have help actually moving the boxes.

Since you have decided on the logistics for relocating Junior to the dorm room, start your checklist for the actual moving to Little Rock. Many universities move in on a weekday (the more effective to wreak havoc on dad's or mom's work schedules), therefore the first thing you'll need to do is verify the date and request the time off. Here are some other things to think about.

· Student Help--Most colleges have student volunteers to help you unpack and move boxes, and set up any furnishings (in case you are using a loft, verify they'd be around for that). These students are terrific assets for places to eat, as well.

· Stairs or Elevators--If you are lucky enough to have a building having an elevator, get ready to wait in a long, long, line. Chances are good you'll have to contend with stairs instead; potentially up three or four flights.

· Check-in--Student Housing offices are generally a fair distance from the actual university students as well as their dorms. Before you decide to snag a parking place in front of the dorm and begin unloading, be sure you can get inside the building. Colleges vary on check-in policies--some have staff members at the dorms distributing ID cards and also keys, others, you have to stop by the office so that you can let them know you are there and get started.

· Cleaning Supplies--College dormitories are not known to stand out in cleanness. They are usually cleaned in between residents, but not to five-star hotel standards--and might not get vacuumed once again until May. Pack some wipes along with a dry mop to dust the surfaces and floors, plus a small organizer of basic cleaning products to leave. A handful of colleges have house cleaning, but the majority do not and teenagers have not gotten a lot more meticulous concerning cleaning in the recent years. (Some things never change.)

· Rentals--Find out the price to rent a mini-fridge and microwave from the school, and determine if it is cheaper than purchasing. Consider items like maintenance as well as transportation back and forth to home when you make your decision--they're each economical to purchase, however, if something wrong happens, it's your quandary.

· Parent Programming--Find out what kinds of events are arranged for parents on moving day. If you're going to a sizeable state university, there probably will not be a whole lot offered except if your son or daughter is an athlete or perhaps in the honors college or something along those lines. Small colleges are usually more prone to supply coffee and muffins along with a little hand-holding.

· Bring Snacks--If you are the fathers and mothers who arrive having bagels and donuts for the student help, they are going to love you and also put in a bit of additional hard work with your boxes. Bring a cooler with water and snacks for yourselves, too. It'll be a long day.

· Be Comfortable--Wherever you happen to be, moving in day is the hottest day of the entire year. Unless of course it will be the rainiest. Wear loose-fitting clothes and comfortable shoes, but try not to humiliate your son or daughter with dad socks and flip flops.

· Allotted Parking--Find out if there might be designated parking places close to the entrance doors, and if that's the case just how long can you be in one. You will probably have 20-30 minutes so that you can unload, and then go park in a different lot for the box transporting and set up.

Once you have unloaded and unpacked in Little Rock, the time is right if you want to head out. Give yourself a few minutes to say adios and leave with your head held high as well as your sniffles under control until you're out of the parking area.

An old custom involving leaving small notes tucked inside pockets is a superb one--just a line to let your freshman know you are thinking about them is a superb touch, and it's up to you exactly how serious or amusing you wish to be. However you communicate, keep doing it.

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