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.

2016 Safe Driver Awards

Every year TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® recognizes the drivers who exemplify the company’s core values through ongoing concern for the safety of company vehicles, co-workers, and the public. Though everyone in the company follows the necessary safety procedures when operating a truck and transporting our customers belongings, several drivers are being recognized for going an extra mile. As a token of appreciation for a great job done they drivers are awarded a certificate and a custom made Safe Driver T-shirt.

We are happy to announce that two of our own drivers were awarded the 2016 Safe Driver Award. We congratulate Alex Lebar and Brian Brown! Both of them have earned Movers of the Month at our Panama City, FL location previously.

We are so proud of you, Alex and Brian! Well done.

Top 10 Reasons to Move to Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach is Florida’s top destination for low-cost beach vacations and weekend getaways. The white sands, great seafood, and tourist attractions bring thousands each year from March until August. We’ve been a vacation town for decades but more and more people want to live the beach life all year long. So what’s the big fuss over Panama City in 2016, as opposed to previous years?

New industries are growing, new neighborhoods are popping up, and the family atmosphere encourages people to make Panama City their home. Tourism is still popular over the spring and summer months, but we have plenty of other attractions that draw people in to stay. If you’ve lived here all your life, it can be easy to see why Panama City is a great place to be. Family life, work life, social life – all wrapped up in one beach town.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® loves everything about Panama City Beach. That’s why franchisee Sean Wise decided to set up shop here and run his other franchises along with this local one. He chose this place to raise a family and be surrounded by beautiful beaches all year. Aside from the gorgeous landscape, here’s ten reasons why Panama City Beach is a perfect place to raise a family:

  1. Growing industries. Panama City has emerging technology and engineering industries, with the emergence of several startup companies and expansion of our Navy Base. New companies relocate here all the time, bringing in new jobs for our local economy. Panama City Beach is a great place to start a business!
  2. Great post-secondary schools. We have several accredited post-secondary schools in the area. Florida State University and Gulf Coast State College offer four-year and two-year transfer degrees. Others are Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Troy University. Haney Technical College offers certifications and training courses for various trades, and places all its graduates with internships and positions within their field. Each offers unique scholarships, especially for returning or adult students. Finish your classes, then head to the beach to relax!
  3. 24 hour Beach access. There’s over 100 access points along the Gulf beaches. In town, you can also find boat ramps and small parks that overlook St. Andrew’s Bay. People come here from all over the U.S. to see the water and enjoy the mild seasons. As a local, you can enjoy these luxuries all day, everyday.
  4. Family-friendly atmosphere. Panama City has schools, family theme parks, movie theaters, and other kids’ activities to enjoy. Children enjoy places like Zoo World, Gulf World, Frank Brown Park, and the Panama City Mall. When you first move to Panama City, take time to explore the area. We have many large attractions, but some of the best places to go are the smaller recreational parks scattered throughout.
  5. Best local seafood. Every local seafood restaurant in town gets their fish, shrimp, scallops, and oysters right from the offshore Gulf Waters. You can watch the boats unload snapper and grouper daily from the Capt. Anderson’s, St. Andrew’s and Downtown Marina. Greg Abram’s Seafood is one of the largest seafood exporters in America, and has its headquarters in Panama City.
  6. Music Matters. In Downtown Panama City, you can find music venues on almost every street corner. bars and restaurants feature both travelling and local musicians. Our Marina Civic Center hosts concerts from regional tours. This summer the Civic Center will have the Backstage Pass concert series and Three Dog Night on tour.
  7. Pier Park Shopping Center. Locals love to travel to Pier Park for night out with family and friends. The eclectic shopping mall has food and drink, entertainment, and all the top retailers. You can shop at four different plazas, visit the Grande Theater, then browse among the nineteen different restaurants throughout the night. Its a great place to be both night and day!
  8. Fishing, camping, hiking, and water sports. Of course as a beach town, we have plenty of different water recreations to try. You can book a fishing charter, go camping or hiking at St. Andrew’s State Park, or try a kayak, canoe, or paddle board rental. If you’re a beginner, don’t worry! Guides can teach you how to get on the water and have a great time.
  9. Farmer’s Markets. Panama City has farmer’s markets in Capt. Anderson’s Marina, St. Andrew’s, Lynn Haven, Seaside, Rosemary Beach, and even an online farmer’s market. Buy fresh and local produce from farmers in the area. Some of the best eggplant, tomatoes, cucumbers, and squash are grown from the Florida Panhandle.
  10. Long-lasting economic development. Panama City Beach is always growing and adding new things to do in the area. The job market is always growing and drawing in new people to move here. And long-lasting businesses like TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® make it possible for locals to stay here, grow their families and advance their careers.

We think it’s a great place to be for all these reasons and more. If you’re looking to move to Panama City soon, contact TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® for a moving estimate. We are the largest moving franchise in the U.S., with  over 340 locations internationally.