Get There Early and Come Prepared- The earlier you can get to campus the better. Early risers typically benefit by shorter lines and better parking. Before you can even start moving your things in, you’ll have to receive your room assignment get your keys and sign some paperwork. Peak hours are typically between10am-2pm. Try your best to beat the rush. Also, be sure to bring all of your paperwork with you on move in day. Get a receipt after paying your dorm room deposit and be prepared to present it in the event that res life “misplaces” those records and tries to start some funny business.
Be Quick About It- Bear in mind, everybody is moving in with you. Don't take all day. Try to park as close to your dorm as possible and focus first on moving the stuff from the car to your room. Get all your stuff out of your car and move it so that someone else can take advantage of your space. It’s easy to get distracted with cleaning, decorating and rearranging furniture but you can do all of that stuff after you’ve emptied out the car/van/truck.
Dress Appropriately- There’s always that one girl wheeling her suitcase up the stairs in a tube top, 3 inch wedges and a full face of makeup. She may look fabulous but the bottom line is just she can’t move as fast as she could in jeans and sneakers. I’m all for looking and feeling fantastic at all times, but move in day is not a time for eyelashes and open toed shoes. Safety first. You’ll be walking up and down stairs, lugging heavy boxes/bins, rearranging furniture and more. Wear something that you can move in that fits you well. If you’re wearing jeans wear a belt and make sure you can bend over and squat down without your entire tail falling out of your jeans. Save all that for the first campus party ;-). Also, do yourself a favor and wear a closed toe shoe. There is no pain like that pain of a storage bin full of winter sweaters falling on your bare naked foot. I'm not telling you what I heard I am telling you what I know.
Be Functional but Still FABULOUS- Finally, please don’t take my last bit of advice to mean you should move in looking like you’re about to take a nap. On the contrary, I’m encouraging functional fabulous fashions, combed hair and fresh faces. You are making a first impression, don’t do it in some ole basketball shorts with a scarf on your head.