Tips for Moving to College

In less than a month some students will be moving away to college. Hopefully, all the registration fees have been paid and fall classes are registered for. Trust us, you don’t want to wait till the last minute to register for classes or book your move! At Two Men and a Truck® we recommend booking your college move at least 4-6 weeks ahead of time, or sooner if possible.

Here are some more tips for your moving day and after the move:
Know your living arrangements. Whether you are moving into a dorm room with a roommate or into a student apartment, try to find out as many details about your new place as possible. This will be helpful while planning how much stuff you need to take with you, and whether your furniture would fit.

Research your moving company. Not all of them are licensed, bonded, and insured. Every franchise and every location of Two Men and a Truck® is offering you piece of mind and security during your local or long-distance moves. Also, make sure to find out what the movers can and cannot move, heavy or bulky items, and sports equipment.

Check stores for college necessities. Most stores offer special college student discounts and deals on lots of college dorm items like furniture, decor, bath and desk supplies, and even storage and organization. Some retailers offer convenient planning lists, so you don’t forget anything. 

Pack light. If you are moving yourself, consider the distance you would have to walk with the boxes and the size and weight of the boxes. Find out if your college campus would allow you to pull up the car closer to the dorm building or if there is a schedule for unloading. Don’t pack your boxes too much, so they don’t collapse at the bottom. Two Men and a Truck® movers usually use special moving equipment to transport boxes, furniture, and appliances. If you know you won’t be able to get help from your family or friends, consider hiring professional movers.

Pack a First Day Box or Day of the Move Box. Moving to college can be stressful and exciting at the same time. However, having little time to settle in before your classes start might add anxiety to your move. Avoid this opportunity to stress out more and pack a special box with all your immediate supplies. Check out our list of 30 things for your Day of the Move Box for ideas.

Mark your boxes. Before you pack, make sure you collect all the necessary supplies, like boxes, tape, scissors, permanent marker, sticky notes. The last will help you identify your boxes if they should stand there for a couple of days. It may be helpful to write what items you have inside or at least what area the box belongs to.

Load wisely. Always remember that the most important stuff need to go last on the truck. Moving to college is a wonderful time to downsize and get rid of some childhood memories, clothes, trophies or toys. If you want to hold on to some of them, ask your parents if you can keep it at their house. Alternatively, you can move it to the storage. If you are moving in just your car, without furniture, place heavier boxes, like the ones with books, on the bottom, and lamps and blankets can go on top.

The most important thing to remember is you are not alone. At Two Men and a Truck® we help move people forward. Moving to college is a huge step forward, it means you get to taste the responsibility, spread your wings, and discover new heights. Your family, friend, and trusted professionals are here to help you! Call us today at 850.785.2222 if you have any questions or if you would like to request a free quote or book a move.

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30 Things for Day of the Move Box

Moving without a Day of the Move Box or First Day box, is like trying to get a job without a cellphone. It’s possible, but very problematic!
At Two Men and a Truck® we try to make the moving experience go much smoother and easier for you. We put together a list of 30 essential items that you would most probably need on your first day after you move in to your new place. It might be too much for some of us, and you don’t have to have to have all these items. However, we know a thing or two about moving and we highly recommend to gather these things ahead of time. It’s like wrapping your furniture into blankets and stretch wrap when moving – it just makes more sense!
Here is the list:

  1. Keys. No joke this item is #1 because it’s too obvious, but often missed.
  2. Basic first-aid kit. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just a couple of sizes of bandages, thermometer, antiseptic wipes, and ibuprophen. Simple travel kits can be found at your local drug store.
  3. Charges. This way all your devices are full of juice and ready to go.
  4. Alarm clock. We recommend to have a portable one, just in case your electricity is not on yet.
  5. Flashlight/matches/lamp. Lighting is important not only for portraits of your family on the beach, but also the first day at a new unknown house.
  6. Spare batteries. Some devices don’t operate with a charger, so be prepared.
  7. Sheets, pillows, blankets. You will be super tired after moving. And who wants to dig through the boxes in hopes of finding clean sheets?
  8. Towels. Moving is a dirty job! You’ll need these. Don’t forget kitchen towels as well.
  9. Bathroom supplies. Shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush… whatever you need can be found at any grocery store in travel sizes.
  10. Basic cleaning supplies. Who knows how clean your new place is? Pack an all-purpose cleaning spray, antibacterial wipes, a sponge.
  11. One-time-use kitchen supplies. Grab some paper plates, plastic cups, and utensils you won’t have to wash. Late dinner after move will be much more enjoyable. We bet you have some left from the last time you had a BBQ at your house or a kids party.
  12. Garbage bags. This is for the kitchen category.
  13. Toilet paper/paper towels. This probably should have been #2 on the list if we were prioritizing.
  14. Medicine. As professional movers, we will not pack prescription medicine into the boxes that go on the truck. You can also add this to your first-aid kit.
  15. Sunblock. Moving to Florida, you can get sunburned even on a cloudy day! Don’t forget it.
  16. Snacks and beverages. Running all day, packing, carrying boxes will make you hungry, so pack some protein bars, nuts, a couple of water bottles and those convenient powder packs with vitamin C.
  17. Coffee/tea bags and a coffee maker. How nice would it be to get your cup of Joe in the morning after you wake up at your new house?
  18. Pet supplies/pet food. Don’t forget your other family members, your pets. The move can be stressful for them, so check out more tips here on Moving with Pets.
  19. Radio/portable speaker. Music makes things go along faster and uplifts your spirits.
  20. Small tool kit. You would be amazed how much you can do with a simple screwdriver, a hammer and a pair of pliers. Grab it just in case with some nails.
  21. IDs/records/valuable things. You will need your ID available regardless (especially if you are moving to a military base). Medical records and your grandma’s golden earrings won’t be lost among other stuff in the boxes.
  22. Writing supplies. Pack a small notepad and a pen just in case you need to start your new place shopping list; a marker to write what’s in the boxes you are packing.
  23. Duct tape. Besides being an important packing element, you can also fix things quickly with duct tape. Not as a long-term plan, of course.
  24. Clothes pins/clamps. Helpful in many situations, clamps, depending on the size, can hold a lot of weight.
  25. Razors/shaver. If you have to go to work the next morning, you won’t need to ravage through the box that marked “bathroom” in the middle of the night.
  26. Hair dryer. Again, for working folks with long hair, this just makes like easier and help you look presentable.
  27. Extra clothes. You really don’t want to be fr several days in the same clothes! Try rolling up your whole outfit including socks and undergarments into one tight roll to save space in tour First Day box.
  28. Shower curtain. Taking a shower with a curtain saves trouble of a bathroom flood, unless your shower is a standing one with a glass enclosure that came straight out of HGTV lookbook.
  29. Scented candle. This small, but important item can make you feel like home almost immediately.
  30. Personal comfort item. The same goes to this last item on the list. It can be anything from a cute family photograph, or decorative knick knacks that can relieve stress and make you feel more like at home in your new apartment or house.

For help with moving, contact your local Two Men and a Truck®.

Best Ideas for Beach Picnic

 

July is the National Picnic Month and a beach picnic has to be on your Summer Bucket List. We collected the best ideas just for you, so check them out!

  1. Plan ahead. It’s important to pick a spot you are considering for a picnic that will not be crowded with families and wedding ceremonies. Here in Panama City Beach, Florida we have a couple of quiet places that can be great. Check the weather ahead of time and don’t worry, if it doesn’t work out you can still have the perfect picnic inside.
  2. Light up the nightSet the mood. Whether it’s candle light or soft pillows, think through the small details that will make the picnic the most enjoyable. Small touches, like flame less candles or LED lights, a small speaker, or an extra blanket can make a big difference.
  3. Plan out the refreshments. The usual cheese and fruit can be a great option, as well as small finger sandwiches and wraps. Add some snacks like chips, nuts, pickles, olives for a tasty variety.  Here is a Mediterranean-style beach picnic menu . Pre-chill drinks, and throw some ice at the last minute for mixed cocktails. It’s always safer to avoid glass on the beach, so have plastic “glasses” ready and have wine in a special wine carrier or simply wrap it in a towel.Tasty snack for a picnic
  4. Pack it up. It’s much easier to have all the food pre-cut and tightly closed containers that can be packed into a basket or cooler. At the beach you just want to enjoy yourself and not worry about anything. Remember to bring utensils, cups, napkins, and other necessities, like a bottle opener, a blankets, towels, and maybe a bug spray.
  5. Enjoy and relax. Picnics should be fun and relaxing, don’t worry about it being perfect. Enjoy the stars above you and the whispering sounds of waves and sand underneath your feet.