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Shipping son's stuff to college


Replies to: Shipping son's stuff to college

  • thumper1thumper1 Registered User Posts: 75,613 Senior Member
    Our kid also rented a storage unit one summer (the other two summers, she stayed working at her school). Put all the dorm stuff in the storage unit and only brought the clothes she needed and toiletries home, and her laptop and instruments. No video games, however.

    There is plenty of gaming kids do on their computers, so really, if this kid is a big gamer, he is going to find games to play online. You really aren’t going to have any control over that.
  • TQfromtheUTQfromtheU Registered User Posts: 1,491 Senior Member
    DS bought himself a Nintendo Switch as a HS graduation present. It is small and it travels with him in his backpack. He left the Xbox at home, with the turntable combo thingy his girlfriend gave him. Buy a screen locally if it needed. New or for about $25 used at a Goodwill store. One roommate was playing games too often last year and not getting enough sleep or focusing on homework, but he seems to be better this year.

    DS and his roommates bought a tv together for sophomore year since they now have an apartment-type dorm. He only brings clothing and the Switch back and forth. He did shared storage last year and I will be arranging a small storage unit for him this year.

    Btw - we also shipped nothing. We did the BBB pickup, 4 suitcases for the two of us on Southwest Airlines including prepurchased room items, shopped locally for toiletries, etc.
  • JeanneAPJeanneAP Registered User Posts: 46 Junior Member
    Great. Sounds like I will be able to avoid shipping altogether.
  • LonghaulLonghaul Registered User Posts: 2,744 Senior Member
    @JeanneAP, as an OOS parent of a kid that just finished freshman year at UVM in Engineering, leave ALL of it at home.

    If he is assigned a triple, there is NO room for Xbox or turntable.

    There is limited time to even use that stuff and even if he found room and time, it plays into him isolating himself.

    We drove a packed car up, including a monitor. It was rarely used because the desks in the forced triple were under a loft with terrible lighting and no room to move around or set up easier.

    Pay for you each to fly with 2 bags and don't take anything else. Being from NOLA, he'll need all new jackets, boots and winter clothes, so not much should be packed anyway.

    Most UVM students need space in the dorm room for skis or hockey equipment. He can rent for the season.

    The rooms are really small
  • LonghaulLonghaul Registered User Posts: 2,744 Senior Member
    Oh, and surprisingly to us, UVM has no storage for shipping packages ahead.

  • pishicacapishicaca Registered User Posts: 231 Junior Member
    I would really think twice about the reality of taking a turntable and albums. With packing and dorm space at a premium, and the fragile nature of those items, digital music sources are so much more practical for the college environment. He'll look forward to the analog sounds when he comes home, but will realize what a mistake it would have been to take them to school.
  • TQfromtheUTQfromtheU Registered User Posts: 1,491 Senior Member
    BTW -- I found lots of winter things on clearance sale in August up north.
  • HImomHImom Registered User Posts: 34,017 Senior Member
    Our kids both were able to acquire inexpensive monitors in college. They are VERY low priced to buy where needed. I would never consider shipping them. When they were done, they sold or gave them away easily as well.

    We definitely believe less is best, especially as most kids have lived in a solo room at home and are moving to share a tiny dorm room. Crowded is not good for anyone.
  • ARTCCARTCC Registered User Posts: 178 Junior Member
    We had to fly to get to our D's college (which was 4,800 miles away) so we pre-ordered much of our D's dorm needs (e.g. bedding, towels, etc.) through Bed, Bath, and Beyond and picked them up at their location closest to our D's college after we arrived with her for the college's freshman orientation program.

    She also rented micro-refrigerators and microwaves through a company that had a contract with the college with her roommates each year so she didn't need to bring those, either.

    We purchased some small dorm furniture items, such as storage cubes, desk/table lamps, and shelf units from Target after we arrived.

    When she came home for the Summer, her college had a convenient arrangement with a local storage company that would provide boxes and packing materials at the end of the Spring term and pick up the packed boxes and personally owned furniture from her dorm room and deliver them back to her when she returned to her new dorm before the start of the Fall terms.

    She graduated earlier this month. After her commencement ceremony, we flew home with her and six checked bags. We also mailed two Priority Mail flat rate boxes home that contained books and other heavy or bulky items we didn't want to pack in our checked bags. Fortunately, I'm a United Premier Gold frequent flyer and my wife and I received first class upgrades for the first segment of our trip home, so the two of us were entitled to three free checked bags each. As a result, we didn't have to pay any checked bag fees for our flight home with our D.

    Our D donated items such as her personally owned dorm furniture and clothes she no longer needed that we did not wish to bring back with us. After graduation each year, her college has a tag sale of student donated items, with proceeds going to the university.
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