How to Help Your Child Pack and Move to College

Leaving home for the first time can be very overwhelming. However, once the fear goes away, the kids are ready to embark on a new adventure, and it is seldom the parents who are more affected by the move. However, this transition is inevitable, and the only thing you can do, is to be supportive, and maybe help out with the moving process.

1. Communicate!

While there is no need for an official big talk, it is good to express your support as often as possible. Let your child know how proud you are of them, and try to inspire some excitement for the journey that is to come. Moreover, make sure that your child knows that home will always be there for them, during happy times, but also during tough times.

2. Hire movers

Since this process is going to be very emotional, both for you and your child, it will do you both some good to delegate some tasks. Hiring movers is a great way to get rid of some of the moving burden, and it is also a safer way to transport things, than in a private car. Keep in mind that not all movers are very professional, so do some research online before committing to one company. For example, if you live in New York, search the web for reviews of the best Long distance movers NYC. See which companies have the best reviews and the most convenient prices.

3. Help with packing

Your child may act all-knowing, but they probably have no idea what they will need in their new home, be it a dorm or a rented space. Start by making a plan together and see what items they will need in the near future. Pack only clothes for the season to come (space can be a problem in college dorms, so you will probably have to go back and forth with seasonal clothes until your child finds a more accommodating home). You should also think of some appliances, but nothing too big or complicated. A coffee maker will come in handy during those long nights of studying, and when hunger strikes, college students can get very creative with the coffee maker. You might also want to include a sandwich maker, an electric kettle, and depending on the available space, you can also go for a microwave oven and a mini fridge. To make the space cozier, you can also consider a fluffy rug, a reading lamp and some colorful pillows.