Sending the kids off to school is an important milestone for both parents and their children. The process may start out as fun and exciting, but things can quickly go array while trying to pack up a life and begin a new one. It doesn’t have to be that way, of course.
If you find yourself heading to Atlanta to help your child move into their new dorm and start this exciting chapter of their life, follow these helpful tips to make the day as stress-free as can be while saving time to explore their new home.
Tips for Making Moving Day a Breeze
The moving process can quickly become exhausting. Avoid the typical chaos and commotion associated with moving into a college dorm by following these tips:
- Sort, Condense and Label Everything
Don’t throw all your belongings in boxes, you definitely won’t have room for everything and probably won’t need it. Sort out things that are absolutely necessary and pack them neatly into boxes, making sure to label everything along the way to make it easier when it comes time to unpack.
- Don’t Buy Everything Just Yet
Try your best to resist the temptation to buy everything you think you’re going to need for the dorm or apartment before your move. A majority of the time, it’s best to get moved in and settled before shopping around for some last minute college essentials.
- Arrive Early to Campus
Move-in day can get very busy, so you’d be wise to arrive early. Make a reservation at one of the hotels near Georgia State University or Emory University hotels and plan to make your way into the city at least one day before your scheduled move-in date. This will let you scope out the area so you know exactly where you’re heading. Arriving early on move-in day can help you avoid the moving day rush and long lines for residence halls.
- Inspect the Room
College dorm rooms usually aren’t brand new, so it’s important to go through the room and make a note of any pre-existing damages. This will help you avoid getting stuck with the bill at the end of the term.
- Don’t Forget to Eat & Drink Throughout the Day
It’s still high summer when universities begin their move-in, and in the high noon Atlanta heat it’s crucial to make sure you have enough in your stomach and stay hydrated all throughout the day.
- Unpack First, Decorate Later
You’ll probably be tempting to start decorating your new dorm the second after you arrive, but resist the urge and unpack all of your belongings first. Once you’re settled in, you’ll have plenty of time to decorate your room and explore the college campus.
- Make the Move a Family Affair
Moving in will be much quicker if everyone helps out. The quicker you finish the move, the more time you have to explore your new home!
Making Some Time to Explore the City
After you’re all settled into the university life, families staying at downtown Atlanta hotels are in a prime location to check out some of the city’s best hotspots and attractions.
- Atlanta History Center
Get acquainted with Atlanta and its rich history at the Atlanta History Center. The complex features exhibitions about its role in the American Civil War, folk art, and various other historical topics as well as being home to a Swan House, the Smith Family Farm, and the Kenan Research Center.
- Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site
As the birthplace of the great civil rights leader, Atlanta honors Martin Luther King Jr with two blocks on Auburn Avenue. Visit the Ebenezer Baptist Church and the Freedom Hall Complex where he is buried.
- Enjoy Atlanta Green Spaces
There are several parks in Atlanta for the family to enjoy while you’re all in town. Check out the Atlanta Botanical Garden and all its blooming flowers or visit Stone Mountain Park to see the memorial to the soldiers of the civil war etched into the massive stone.
- Georgia Aquarium
If your family is the adventurous type, why not head over to the Georgia Aquarium where you can all plunge into the shark tank for a snorkel.
- The Fox Theatre & World of Coca-Cola
Two other major Atlanta attractions that the family shouldn’t miss include the posh Fox Theatre, a national historic landmark, and the quirky World of Coca-Cola where you can find out everything about the world’s most famous drink.
With college move-ins just around the corner, now is the time to book your Atlanta accommodations to help make move-in as quick and easy as possible. No matter if you’re attending Emory University or Georgia State University, book a room at downtown Atlanta’s The Ellis Hotel. Blending Atlanta’s past and present like no other, this premier downtown Atlanta boutique hotel places you smack dab in the center of Atlanta’s energetic atmosphere. Book your stay early and start discovering your new home in Atlanta by contacting The Ellis Hotel today.