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Essential Packing Hacks for Students Moving Between Apartments

Essential Packing Hacks for Students Moving Between Apartments
Posted By: Hannah Whittenly on July 31, 2020

Nobody enjoys moving day, but it's a common part of life for many college students. Changes in roommates, budgets and class schedules often necessitate moving between apartments. Whether your living arrangements are changing because your roommate scored an international internship or the landlord raised your rent yet again, these essential packing hacks for students can make the move easier.

Use Your Vacuum


Fluffy items like pillows and comforters take up a lot of space in your moving boxes, so shrink them down by pulling the air out of them with a vacuum. You can purchase specially designed vacuum bags, but why spend the money? Just fold your items, place them in a thick garbage bag and use one hand to seal the bag around the end of your vacuum cleaner's hose attachment. Then suck out the air and secure with a rubber band.

Set Aside Essentials


There are certain items like cleaning supplies, towels and soap that you will need on day one of your move. Put these basic essentials in their own box and place it somewhere within easy reach, such as the backseat of your car.

Purchase Quality Boxes


Everyone knows you can get free boxes from grocery stores, but these boxes are often dirty or flimsy. Save yourself some trouble by purchasing brand new shipping boxes from an office store or shipping supplies company to keep your belongings clean and protected. You can even use these boxes to ship your items by mail for long-distance moves.

Keep Things Transparent


Nothing's worse than unpacking your boxes and finding that you forgot to label them. Prevent the problem of mystery boxes by using transparent containers to pack your items. Clear plastic totes and bags let you see exactly what's inside, no label needed. Keep small items organized and visible with plastic sandwich bags.

Packing Material


Packing materials like foam peanuts and bubble wrap are great for keeping your valuables safe, and are essential when it comes to moving anything made of breakable material. If you’ve got chairs or even a couch that you’re going to be moving, pad the legs with bubble wrap under cardboard folded to protect against wall knocks. With dishes or ceramic decorations, make sure each individual piece is wrapped with bubble wrap or other protective material to keep it from crack against other objects in the box, and keep that empty space to a minimum to avoid things falling around inside.
Remember, moving day doesn't have to be miserable. Keep an upbeat attitude and get your friends involved to turn a boring chore into a fun bonding experience. Start early, stay organized and don't forget to order lots of pizza.
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