How to pack for a college dorm in a different country

Are you moving to a different country in order to get a higher education? If you are, you might have gotten a room in a college dorm, which is a great thing, because you get to save up a lot on your accommodation while you’re studying to get a degree. However, in order to begin your higher education, you must first relocate to your dorm room. Since you will be going to a college that is located abroad, the relocation process might get a bit more demanding that what you’ve expected. The most important thing is to pack appropriately. And if you’ve never moved internationally before, or to a college dorm room, chances are that you don’t really know how to handle the packing process correctly. Learn how to pack for a college dorm in a different country in a text below.

If you need help with organizing and packing all of your necessities, continue reading our blog! First, let’s break down the packing process into four phases:

  1.   Take a look at everything you have
  2.   Get rid of things you definitely won’t need in college
  3.   Get the right packing materials and supplies
  4.   Pack everything up!

1: Take a good look at all the things you currently own

This is the first step towards a successful packing process. You need to figure out how many things you have and how many of those things you actually need. Just like with any packing process, you will definitely come across some things you forgot you even had. This is a good time to get a quick breakdown of everything you have. Think about which of those things you might need, and which you should maybe get rid of. Put the things you will definitely take with you to the side.

2: Get rid of all the things you won’t be bringing with you to your dorm room

Since you will be staying at you college dormitory for approximately 4 years, the best thing that you could do is to simply get rid of the things you won’t bring with you. After you have decided which things you don’t want or need anymore, it is time to think about what to do with those things. There are a couple of options that you can consider, such as selling the items or giving them away to those in need. Selling your old belongings is a great choice because you get to earn some much needed cash too! But, if you would like to be a bit more humane, consider giving all of your old things away to a charity, such as the Red Cross, Salvation Army or Goodwill. If none of these options sound appealing to you, you can always give the things away to a relative or a friend who would be eager to take them!

3: Getting the right packing supplies and materials

Now that you have a clear idea of how many things you will be taking with you, it is time to start getting all the necessary supplies in order to pack everything up. Begin with some moving boxes and some good packaging material. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on these things – if you have some spare shoe boxes or other large boxes, these could act as a great substitute for expensive moving boxes. Also, the packaging materials that we recommend are foam peanuts, Styrofoam, old newspaper, etc. You will also need some tape in order to seal the boxes, as well as some clean film to wrap anything fragile with. For clothes, you might want to invest in some additional suitcases, or you could simply use things that you definitely have lying around the house, such as garbage bags or vacuum bags. These are all great alternatives if you don’t want to spend too much money on the packing process!

You may be wondering what are some essential items that you should definitely bring with you do you dorm room. Here is a short guide to all the things you should probably take with you:

Room necessities: A mini trash can, a bedside lamp, alarm clock/radio, desk lamp, fan, mini toolkit with a screwdriver, hammer and wrench, calendar board, bulletin board, etc.

Linens and laundry: You should bring your own sheets and pillowcases. Check in advance for the size of the beds, because those may vary from room to room. You should also bring towels, pillows, blankets, mattress pads, a laundry bag, some laundry detergent, and perhaps even a mini sewing kit!

Desk supplies: Since you’ll be going to college, you will probably need some studying supplies to have at hand, such as staplers, USB, notebooks, pencils and pens, a pen holder,            sticky notes, tape, scissors, highlighter pens, rulers, and anything else you may find necessary!

Electronic devices: Laptop, HDMI cords, your cell phone, a camera, MP3 player, extension cords, USB cords, speakers, and surge protectors!

Toiletries: Any medicines you may need, such as pain reliever, antacid, vitamins, supplements, bath and face soap, shower gel, razors, tweezers, nail clippers, toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, cotton swabs and cotton rounds, etc.

Things that you can share with your roommate: any audio equipment, TV or DVD, microwaves and coffeemakers, a small refrigerator (if you don’t already have one in the room)

Pro tip: It may be a good idea to get the majority of these items after you have moved to your college dorm. This can significantly cut down on the cost of your packing and shipping!

4: Packing everything up

Now that you have a clear idea of all the things you will be taking with you, it is time to begin the actual packing process. First off, divide all of your things according to their purpose (e.g. for the bathroom, kitchen, clothes, etc.) Then, figure out the desired method of packing that you will apply. The best way to pack your technology is to seal it as tightly as possible, in order to avoid any damage or breaking. Your toiletries should also be packed separately, and you should check if there are any things that you may not be allowed to bring with you (this depends on the country you’ll be moving to)!

Pro tip: Simply hire a packing crew! This can significantly cut down on the time make the process more cost-efficient. You also get to have more free time for any other obligations you might have prior to your relocation. If you’re interested in any of our services, please do not hesitate to contact My International Movers.