Moving Tips for Going Back to College

School’s about to start. Time to get moving!

It’s time to say goodbye to the lazy days of summer and get going back to campus. The new semester is about to start, and you want to be ready on day one to rock your way to the top of the dean’s list. But first, you’ve got to pack up and move into your dorm or apartment.

If you are returning to school and you followed our tips for moving out, moving in should be just as easy. Most of your things are neatly packed, waiting for you to pick from storage and take to your new place. If you’re a freshman, chances are you are packing up your bedroom at home. This may even be your first move ever. No sweat! You can make it easy with a little planning.Girl going back to college

College housing is typically compact. (Think “squeezed.”) If you’re used to close quarters at home, you may already be a master at organization. If not, here are a few tips to help you make the most of your space.

Be ready for weather changes.  You won’t need those woolen socks and down jacket until the cold winds start to blow. Pack your winter threads separately and it will be easier to manage your wardrobe. Plus, you’ll know where those sweaters are when you start needing them!

Hang, stack, and hide. Organizer accessories can help you “create” more usable space. Here are a few places you can stretch your space in:

  • Closet organizers. Create space out of thin air with a stack of drawers for clothes or a sheet of clear plastic storage pockets for shoes and purses. These are lightweight and easy to install—just hang them on the rod and they’re good to go.
  • Milk Crates. Grandpa used these plastic cubes back in the day for his vinyl LPs. They’re still useful today for transporting books, CDs, kitchen items. They’re sturdy, stackable, and versatile in a variety of colors.
  • Plastic Bins. You can find a variety of sizes, and configurations for plastic storage containers. They’re an inexpensive way to get added utility from odd spaces at the foot of your bed or even under it. Locking casters (wheels) add versatility.
  • Plastic Hooks. A great way to get added space on walls or on the inside ends of cabinets. Just peel and stick. Hang your keys, jacket, dust pan, flyswatter, or other items. When it’s time to vacate, they peel off easily and leave no trace. (Building managers love them.)

Get Squared Away.  With everyone else moving in, things can get a little crazy—competing for time in the elevator and navigating crowded hallways. It’s okay to take a breather once you get everything into your room. But you’ll feel better if you unpack and finish the job before lights out.

Want more moving tips? Call us! We’ll help with the move so you might make it to that 8am class on time!

Moving Internationally Can Be a Beautiful Thing

Watching the Olympic games unfold in Rio, I’m reminded of what a beautiful world ours is and what wonderful people inhabit it. Moving internationally enables people to explore the world while learning about themselves. When Weleski’s international movers help people relocate, I like to think we’re helping them to personally experience that beauty and wonder.

In one way, an overseas move can be like going to another world. Different language, unfamiliar customs, strange food. In another way, it can be like moving to another state. At least we try to make it seem that easy.

Amsterdam at Sunrise

It’s not the distance per se that makes an international relocation different. (Did you know it’s twice as far from New York to Los Angeles as it is from Miami to Panama City, Panama?) Rather, the red tape of differing legalities between countries is the primary differentiator.  Here are a few of the things to be mindful of.

Downsize your move. The extent of your downsizing can depend on how long you intend to be overseas. In general, the fewer things you take, the easier and more affordable your move will be. Establishing a furnished residence in your new country could end up saving you money.

Keep things separate. Don’t include these items when you pack your household goods:  passport or I.D., currency, important papers, jewelry, photos and keepsakes. For a more specific list of items you should transport yourself, check out Atlas’s list of personal belongings.

Important papers. You need ready access to several documents: such as your passport, work visa, birth certificate, marriage certificate, academic record, medical record, health insurance information, life insurance policy numbers, social security card, list of important contacts (personal and professional) and phone numbers. You might also snap a photo of each document to keep on your mobile device — and back the document images up with “cloud storage,” e.g., Google Drive.

Driving. What are the requirements for driving in your new country? Do you have to take a test before you can obtain a license? Be sure you are legally authorized and insured before you get behind the wheel.

London at nightMoney. How much will you need for miscellaneous expenses as you travel? If your bank doesn’t have international reach, you’ll often need your new address and your passport to open a bank account in a foreign country. Try looking into banking options before you leave so you can focus more on your international adventure.

Immunizations. Check the requirements for the country you are going to and make sure you are up to date on required vaccinations. The same goes for pets. Do they meet requirements for entry in the country? In the locale and housing unit?

Getting started. It’s a good idea to get estimates from at least two, if not three, moving companies with international capabilities. Ask questions, such as which insurance option is best for your circumstances. And ask for references, then contact those customers and ask if they would use the mover again.

This isn’t a comprehensive list of everything you will need to consider when moving internationally, but it’s a good start. You can read more about our international relocation services here. Or, send us a message with your question.  We’re glad to show you how moving internationally can be a beautiful thing.