July 25, 2014

Four Tips for Moving Kids to College

Mom with daughter moving to college 

It's that time of year again! Classes are getting ready to start back up and many parents are getting ready to help their kids move into college dorms for the first time, or back to school for the upcoming semesters.

Most students know a lot about moving by the time they finish their college careers. They move between dorm rooms, from the dorm to the sorority house and from student housing to an apartment or group house. Packing and moving usually involves several car trips, bribing friends with pizza, creative placement of things on top of vehicles and often temporary storage in a self-storage unit or parents' garage. It can be tough to say goodbye to your kids as they head off to school, but it doesn't have to be so hard to get them there. Take a look at four of our favorite tips for moving to a college dorm!  

  1. Sort it: Before packing, have your student look through all of their clothing and other items and decide what they need, what can be donated and what can be left at home or stored.
  2. Store it: 1-800-PACK-RAT containers come in various sizes so you can choose how much you want to move into the dorm and how much you intend to store. By storing what they won't be using, the student saves space in their dorm room and the parents don’t lose a garage or basement.
  3. Do some research: Find out what the school provides and what they don't allow. Most schools provide dorm packing lists that include all the rules.
  4. Contact the roommate: Most students have roommates, whether they are staying on campus or off. There might not be room for both your roomie's favorite beanbag chair and your trusty futon! Try to coordinate ahead of time to save you moving time and money.

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July 18, 2014

Packing Tips: How to Pack Fragile Items

Moving box with a fragile item


Packing fragile and sentimental items can be stressful if you are not sure how to keep them safe during your move. But don't worry — we have put together some tips on packing fragile items to help you get your belongings through your move intact.

  • Don't skip packing materials! Good packing material for fragile items is one of the most forgotten items when it comes time to pack. When you pick up your boxes and moving tape, don’t forget to get the bubble wrap and packing pellets. You can even purchase specially made boxes for items like your delicate china and dishes.
  • Start heavy! If you are filling a box with heavy, fragile pieces — place the heavier items in first. Just make sure they are sufficiently wrapped in packing materials. If there is still room in the box, you can place lighter objects on top.
  • Fill it up! You never want to leave a lot of space in your box of fragile items. Fill it up as much as you can with items such as linens, t-shirts, and pillows to cushion your fragile pieces. This will ensure that your items will not move around, and will mean fewer boxes overall.
  • Label it! Don't be shy with those sharpies! You should always label your boxes of fragile items. List the items that are in the box and which room they will go in when you reach your destination.
  • Move smoothly! 1-800-PACK-RAT’s unique lift system keeps your moving container level when being picked up and delivered. Corrugated cut-outs in the container allow you to use straps, bungee cords and netting for extra security.  


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July 15, 2014

Tips to Avoid Moving Stress

woman avoiding moving stress

Did you know that moving ranks as one of the most stressful events in a person's life? If you have moved before, likely you know how true that is. Packing up everything you own and moving to a new home can be a difficult and stressful task. Fortunately, 1-800-PACK-RAT is ready to help you achieve a smooth and stress-free move!

  1. Planning, planning and more planning: Planning is key for a successful move. That's why we developed — an app that you can access anytime and anywhere from virtually any device. It's free and walks you through the entire moving process. It's a great way to start your planning and then follow-through.
  2. Do your homework: Much moving stress is caused by things going wrong, or certainly not as expected. By choosing trusted partners to help you pack, store and transport your valuables, you are assured a good experience. Make sure you investigate your movers and their services and read their reviews.
  3. Schedule your time well: Your move can get stressful when time starts running out. There is a lot to do when it comes to moving, so be sure to give yourself ample time to get everything done. Take a look at your family's calendars and schedules to make sure there are no major conflicts.
  4. Say farewell: It can be difficult to say goodbye to friends, family, neighbors and co-workers. Take the time to enjoy a final dinner, party or informal get-together where you can visit with the friends you have made in your current town. A goodbye party will give you something to look forward to as you wade through the moving process.

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