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How to Survive Your First College Dorm

If you’re moving to Fort Collions to attend college, or anywhere else, there are a few things you need to know about dorm life! Meeting your roommate for the first time, using a communal shower and bathroom, and understanding how to survive while sharing a very small room are all essential to a positive first semester experience. Whether you’re moving to Boulder or anywhere else to live in your first dorm room, take a look at these tips first.

Chris Potter

College CC Photo Courtesy of Chris Potter

1. Try to reach out to your new roommate before you arrive on campus. Some schools will provide you with the full name of your roomie, and with the Internet you can pretty much find anyone. Reach out, connect, and get to know your new roommate from a distance if you can.

2. Figure out what will make your life easier. For the most part, this includes storage bins and other storage options; cooking utensils and equipment that you will need; and lots of clean linens and towels – -and don’t forget to buy a shower tote.

3. Figure out what you really don’t need (or what will seem silly once you arrive on campus). You may think that you need your entire stuffed animal collection, but you probably don’t. Pick one or two things, and leave the rest of those things that you think you can’t live without at home (you can always pick up stuff you left behind at a later time).

4. Pack only the clothes that you will need. Most first-year’s bring their entire wardrobe to school during the fall semester – this isn’t necessary. Only bring that stuff that you will need during the fall season. You can ask your parents to ship the rest of your things to you, or you can bring your winter clothes to school when you go home for a visit.

5. Realize that you can purchase items near your school. Really, you don’t need to worry if you didn’t pack everything – chances are that there’s a big store right around the corner.

6. Have a few things ready to wear – just in case you don’t unpack all of your stuff in time for class, it never hurts to have a few outfits ready to go.

7. Go with disposable. You should be eating most of your meals with friends in dining halls and at restaurants, but it’s never a bad idea to bring a few disposable plates and some silverware. There’s a good chance that washing dishes will be hard to do, and you don’t want to be “that person” that leaves a stack of plates in a kitchen sink!

8. Ask friends for help. If you’re moving to Boulder, ask your friends in that area to help you move if you don’t want to hire a moving company (which will make life easier if you don’t have a friend with a truck!).


Some Quick Storage Tips

You won’t have space to store everything that you have at home, so take some advice and storage tips from us!

• Leave some stuff behind. Seriously, you won’t use half of it.

• Switch clothes according to the season.

• Store stuff under your bed with storage bins.

• Consider a footlocker (or trunk)

• Buy organizational bins for your desk.

These storage tips should help, but we can help you even more – Exodus Moving and Storage offers large storage facilities in both Denver and Fort Collins in case you need to store anything that you can’t fit in your dorm room. Of course, Exodus Moving and Storage also provides full- service moving services should you need some help moving into your new room.

Above all – have fun with your new dorm room experience, and call Exodus Moving and Storage if you need any help with moving!

7 Great Road Trip Games

If you’re moving to Fort Collins, you probably have a long trip ahead of you. You could listen to music or watch movies along the way, but why not add a road trip game or two into the mix?

Michael Gil

Hay CC Photo Courtesy of Michael Gil

Road trip games are fun, kids love them – and even if you don’t have kids, these games are fun for adults to play too. Take a look!

1. I Spy: here’s a classic car game – simply pick something that you “spy,” and let others guess what that things is. Example: “I spy something yellow…”

2. License plate games: how many license plates can people in your car spot? Make a list, and see who gets the most plates.

3. Ghost story tales: let everyone in the car make up a story or two on your drive. You may find that some are so good; you’ll forget that they are made up!

4. Words on plates: all license plates have letters, but not all plates spell something out – until you play this game, at least! Have everyone make up the things that a plate “says.” Example: RRH could mean “really, rather, happy.” See how much fun that could be?

5. The forbidden word: tell everyone at the start of a trip that one word cannot be spoken during the trip. If you have kids, pick a word that your kids say all the time like “oh my god!” If you don’t have kids, pick a word that’s hard not to use like “the.”

6. Play the rather game: this one is popular at parties too, but the “rather” game is rather fun! It goes like this: ask someone, “would you rather…” and then pick something. Example: “would you rather ride a camel or eat the world’s hottest pepper?”

7. Let people play DJ: it can be fun to make a song list, but letting other people in the car pick songs is fun too. Why not let someone else be the DJ, or take turns playing lists of really fun songs?

8. Choose a color: pick a color, and let everyone find something that color along the way. You can also let everyone pick a color, and determine who has to find an object that color. If you choose really odd colors like teal, you’ll have a lot of fun with this game.

9. Choose your adventure: this one is best played with adults, and it makes a really fun road trip game for two people. Let the person you’re traveling with choose something crazy and fun that’s outside of the car. Example: we’re going on a swimming adventure when we pass the next lake or river – and then proceed to jump in.

10. Spelling bee: find a list of words that are hard to spell, and go through those words when you are traveling, asking everyone to try and spell the word (just don’t drive and read the list at the same time).

Moving to Fort Collins

If you are moving to Fort Collins, let us help you get here. Exodus Moving and Storage is a full-service moving company offering all moving services in addition to large storage space in both Fort Collins and Denver. Call us today for quotes and for anything else that you might need on your move. You can also look at this blog for additional moving and storage tips.


It’s easy to let people listen to music or tune into movies on a road trip, but those trips can be a lot of fun if you play a few games along the way. Test out some of the games listed above, and let us know if you have any other games that you like to play – post here or on Facebook.


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