Practical Ways on How to Pack Up Your Dorm for Summer

As the spring semester starts to close, the dreaded chore of packing up for summer always comes up.

Fortunately, there are many ways to pack up your dorm room for summer that can help you

save time and money. We would love to help make the process go as smoothly as possible. Here are the top five steps we recommend on how to pack up your dorm for the summer.

Finalize the Destination of Your Belongings

Packing things up is a lot less difficult when you know where you will be moving them to. If your room is on campus, there are bound to be storage options available. If you are moving off-campus, there are storage units, family members, and even storage units that you can rent to keep your stuff in.

If you are moving home, you will want to decide what to keep and what to get rid of. This is an especially difficult step for many students. While a home may seem like a great place for you to store your belongings for the summer, you need to decide if it is really the best option.

Be sure to take the time to weigh the pros and cons of the different storage options that are available to you before making your final decision!

Organize Transportation and Help

If you are moving to another location on campus or somewhere off-campus, you will need to find someone who is willing to be your helper. This can be a parent, sibling, friend, dorm mate, or even a professional mover.

Be sure that the person able to help you is available at the time you are moving. Sometimes this can be a challenge, but if you organize the move in advance, you can schedule your move around your helpers’ schedule and make sure that they are available to help you.

Stock up on Moving Must-Have Supplies

Now that you know how you are getting your belongings there, it is time to get the right supplies to pack up your dorm room.

First and foremost, you need to get some boxes and packing supplies. You can purchase these at a moving or packing supply store or get them from your local grocery store. You will want to make sure you have a couple of trash bags, boxes, and a marker.

Follow Your Game Plan

The summer can be a busy time (especially if you are working) and it is very easy to put off packing up your stuff or taking care of other things you need to do before you leave.

A common mistake students make is putting off packing their stuff up until the very last minute. This is a mistake you don’t want to make, trust us.

The best thing to do is to write out a game plan for the time leading up to your departure. This can include dates you need to get certain things in order by, who you will be getting help from and when, who is going to do what and when, when you will meet someone to take you to move out, etc.

Clean Up Your Room

The last step in the moving process is to clean up. Since you are only leaving the room for the summer and will be returning next fall, you will want to make sure that the room is tidy. Even if you don’t want to spend a lot of time cleaning and organizing, you will want to do a little at least.

You can clean out your dresser drawers, take out the trash, clean up your shelves, throw away your cleaning products, and then put your dresser drawers back in. Whatever you do, just don’t leave the room a mess because you will want to give the next person who moves into the room a nice surprise when they open up their new room.


Packing up for the summer can be a lot of work, but it doesn’t have to be hard. If you follow these five steps, you should have a smooth moving experience.

Division 1 Moving & Storage has a team of experienced local movers in Alexandria, VA that can help move and deliver your belongings from your dorm to your chosen storage space. Let us help you pack up your dorm for the summer! Contact us today to get started!

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