Moving To College: What You Should Know About Crate Shipping

Posted on: 16 February 2015


If you are planning to move long-distance for college, you have a few different options for moving your stuff. You can hire a moving truck that will move your belongings, drive a truck yourself, or you can use container shipping with shipping crates. Many people choose the latter if they don't quite have enough stuff to warrant paying a professional moving company, and don't want to spend time driving on their own. Here are some things to know about this type of shipping.

Why should you choose crate shipping?

There are a few different reasons to choose crate shipping over the other methods. First of all, you don't need to be responsible for moving to another state with your belongings. You can fly to your college if you don't have a vehicle, or drive your own car there. You don't need to worry about having a car big enough to fit all your stuff. It is also convenient because, many times, one or two crates fit all your stuff. This can definitely save you money and ends up being less expensive than hiring professional movers.

Also keep in mind that you can hold onto the crate as long as you need to. You just need to find a place to store it while at college, then you can pack up your stuff when you're moving out of your dorm and use it once again.

What should you move in a crate?

Crates come in a variety of sizes, so you can find ones to fit your needs no matter how much stuff you are moving. However, make sure you know what will already be available for you at the college dorm. Many dorm rooms come with a small bed, desk, and possibly even a bookshelf in your room. You need to know what furniture is there so you are not bringing extra furniture you don't need. Also find out how much extra space there is, so you can decide on other belongings to bring. You might be sharing a room with someone else, which is another thing you need to keep in mind.

If you aren't bringing much furniture, one large crate will probably fit all your clothing, books, school supplies, and other essentials. Keep smaller items and things you need during the trip in your car or your luggage, such as toiletries and several changes of clothes.

How secure are shipping crates?

This is where a little research comes in handy. Different companies handle crate shipping in different ways. Some of them provide you with the crate and you have to pack it yourself, so the security of your belongings rests on you. Others will help you pack it up and will take it from your home to their shipping truck or mode of transportation, then ship it to your college dorm room. You also have the option of insuring your belongings when using container shipping, so that is something else to consider.

Contact a shipping company, such as Portland Packaging Co Inc, for more information.