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Packing Tips: A not-so-comprehensive list (because moving is complicated!)


So you’re moving to Plattsburgh and you haven’t started packing, or you have but very s…l…o…w…l…y. Picking up and putting down new roots can be exciting: you get to rearrange stuff, throw out stuff, buy new stuff, but mostly be overwhelmed by all the stuff. As the title of this blog suggests, moving is synonymous with stressing out–a sentiment many college graduates are familiar with.

If you are feeling stressed, even just a little, keep reading! Graduate Admissions not only supports our students in their academics, but in their entire Plattsburgh experience. Moving here is the first big step, so we wish you smooth sailing with these tidbits of advice:

moving tips

  • Open the windows, turn on some tunes, and get rid of things. This may sound tedious, but can be fun once you find your rhythm.
  • Donate clothes, food, household items, etc. Find the nearest Planet Aid Bin ,  Salvation Army , or other local donation spot to get in some goodwill during your packing process.
  • Gather moving boxes from local businesses! “Where-from?!” you may ask. In most cases liquor stores, book stores, discount stores, grocery stores, and Starbucks will have extra boxes handy.
  • Use a box cutter to create handles for your boxes.


  • Label your boxes as you pack. You could be specific as “Kitchen: Mugs, cups, and Tea,” or keep it as simple as “Kitchen.” Labeling as you go will make unpacking even easier.
  • On that note, pack room by room. Bouncing back and forth may prove to be overwhelming.
  • Cushion valuables and breakables with dishtowels, paper towels, blankets, clothing, etc.
  • If you use plastic wrap, you can leave your items in whichever container or storage bin they’re in. For example, simply wrap your utensils organizer with plastic wrap instead of letting your forks and knives run loose in a box! Don’t have plastic wrap available? Try putting knives inside an old oven mitt to prevent injuries.

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  • If needed, reserve a U-Haul/moving truck in advance. There are sometimes student discounts too!
  • Remember to pack a bag for immediate use with all the necessary toiletries, clothing, and chargers.
  • Consider transporting hanging clothing in garbage bags. It’s easier to squish big bags together versus clunky luggage. Also, consider placing clean garbage bags over clothes on the hanger…when you get to your new apartment, simply hang and remove the bag. Easy! moving hack.jpg
  • Use egg cartons or an ice cube tray to easily transport your jewelry, screws, or other small items. Tape them shut so nothing falls out!
  • Take a photo of cord set-ups. For example, TVs, computers, and WiFi. This way, you won’t have to struggle figuring out what plugs into what.
  • Pack a “First Night” box. Aside from your clothing and toiletries, you may want a mug, DVD, book, or something comforting for your first night.


We are definitely forgetting some tips, so help us out! Comment with your advice directly below this blog or on the Facebook post. Successfully moving is a practiced skill–share your experiences!



— Sky    


2 thoughts on “Packing Tips: A not-so-comprehensive list (because moving is complicated!)

  1. I LOVE the idea of putting your clothes in garbage bags! Genius! Here is moving hack we do: You can remove any dents in the carpet that furniture left behind with ice cubes. Place the ice cubes on the dents, let them melt, and use a spoon to lift the fibers.


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