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College Packing Tips for Moving Out

As the spring semester comes to a close, that means it’s time to pack up your dorm room and head home for summer. But while you might be excited to leave your term papers and group presentations behind for a few months, you can’t do the same with your personal belongings. After all, someone’s gotta pack up all your items and send them home with you! And that person is likely you.

So, how do you move out of your dorm? The truth is, as long as you’re prepared, moving out of your dorm is actually pretty easy. To help, we’ve created a handy college move-out list. Follow these simple steps to moving out and you’ll be in good shape come moving day.

1. Determine a Final Destination for Your Items

Our first moving out of your dorm room tip involves finding a temporary home for your belongings. Are you planning on keeping them in your parents’ basement or garage for a long time? If so, then that’s where you’ll put them. But if you’re planning to move them to another dorm room or off-campus apartment in a few months, we suggest researching storage facilities near campus.

Many storage facilities offer convenient and affordable storage units that are just the right size for all your dorm room belongings. These are especially handy if you only need to store your items for a few months until school starts up again in the fall. Instead of lugging them home with you, simply drop them off at a nearby unit and zip back over when it’s time to move in again.

2. Stock Up on Moving Supplies

Once you know where you plan to move your items, it’s time to ensure you have the right packing supplies. You’ll want to have some cardboard moving boxes, bubble wrap, packing paper, and scissors on hand.

It’s a good idea to pick up some heavy-duty trash bags not only for tossing away the things you no longer need, but for storing certain items like shoes and clothing, too. And if you plan on moving especially heavy items, grab a dolly, hand truck, or lifting straps as a precaution.

3. Arrange for Help and Transportation

Our number one packing tip involves asking for help. This includes asking friends or relatives for help moving and transporting your items. Moving heavy items on your own can be dangerous; having another set—or two—of hands can make all the difference.

As for transportation, find someone with a truck or van who doesn’t mind driving your stuff to your storage unit or parents’ house. You can also ask your local storage company or truck rental company if they have specials for students. If you can only get your hands on a small vehicle, that will work; just be prepared to take multiple trips!

4. Create a Game Plan

When it comes to move-out day in college, take our advice: Don’t leave everything to the last minute. Give yourself plenty of time to sort out your belongings, toss things you don’t need, donate items that no longer serve you, and pack up the things you won’t need in the coming days or weeks. Start with your desk, and then move on to these following areas of your dorm room.

Your Desk

Your desk is one of the first areas you can tackle. Obviously, you’ll likely still use it when studying for your finals and wrapping up your lingering assignments, but that doesn’t mean you need everything you’ve accumulated over the last two semesters.

Start by decluttering your desk a few days before moving out of your college dorm. This includes tossing fliers, old papers, and any other handouts you’ve received while walking around campus. Significantly lighten your load by returning your rented textbooks and selling the ones you no longer need. Use a smaller box to pack up your school supplies like packs of paper, binders, staplers, and pens and pencils.


Taking down your decor is the next step in our college packing tips. While your walls and shelves may look a bit bare for the next few days, you’ll be glad you made a dent in your packing progress. Remove everything from the walls, from your posters to your twinkly lights. Determine what you want to take with you and what you want to dispose of. Find a shoebox or other medium-sized container for keepsakes like photos.


Next, you can move on to your closet. Again, start with the clothing you won’t be wearing before your move. To make it easier on yourself, keep your clothes on their hangers and cover them in plastic trash bags. Keep the hangers together with a hair tie or rubber bands. As for your shoes, pack them in large bags and suitcases. And pack delicates separately.


Now it’s on to your appliances. If you have a mini-fridge, clean it and unplug it at least two days before moving out to keep it from growing mold. If you’re taking home any lamps, remove the light bulbs and put them somewhere cushioned.

Use bubble wrap or packing paper while transporting your fridge and lamp, along with your TV, gaming systems, and any other appliances. If you can’t get your hands on any bubble wrap, consider wrapping them in blankets to help avoid bumps and scrapes.

Bed Sheets

Packing up your bedding should be last on your college move-out list. Purchase large heavy-duty trash bags to put these items in, but we recommend washing your bedding before storing them away. Use vacuum-sealed space saver bags to prevent these larger items from taking up too much space.

Find Out More About Stor-It

Whether you’re looking for storage units near your college campus in Idaho or searching for answers about moving and storing items, we’re here to help. Stor-It is the oldest and largest storage facility in the Gem State, and is the perfect place to stash your belongings until school starts back up. Contact us today!

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