Three months prior to travel is not too early to make arrangements.
All arrangements should be made at least two weeks prior to departure.
Record Your Plan
Keep track of the name of the company with which you have contracted service.
Verify the date and time schedule.
Verify the point of pickup and delivery.
Write down the company's telephone number and any confirmation number issued.
Check Baggage Limit
Many carriers restrict the number of bags.
Airlines especially limit baggage to two bags per customer.
This consideration should also be remembered during the Christmas holiday season when air traffic is in high demand.
Extra items should be shipped (i.e. UPS or Federal Express).
Remember carrying baggage often includes a short walking distance and stairways.
It is suggested that baggage weight and bulk be no more than you can comfortably manage.
Label Baggage and Boxes
Make sure all luggage is clearly marked with name and contact telephone number.
It will also be helpful to have the college housing unit identified in case of lost luggage.
Secure Boxes and Luggage
Make sure luggage and boxes are secured. Any loose items should be hand carried (Check with carrier for limit on the number of carry-on items).
When arriving at destination, check to make sure that nothing is left behind in the bus/van/airplane.
If you do lose an item, notify your carrier as soon as possible. You may also check with lost and found in Manwaring Center.
Arrive Early for Departure
Airlines request passengers early enough to proceed through security checks prior to departure.
Arriving at least 30 minutes early for bus travel is suggested.
Allow time for potential unexpected delays in traffic, etc.
Know your Destination
This may sound very basic, but it is also critical information to know. Arriving in a totally new environment has been known to cause a mental block. Make sure you know and have a written copy of your housing complex name, address, and telephone number.
If necessary, contact Housing for a map so you know the location of your new home. Identify where your housing is in relationship to campus.
Pay Attention to Final Details
Verify drop-off point.
If your carrier drops off at Manwaring Center, consider distance to apartment. Some housing complexes offer campus shuttles. Some carriers offer door-to-door service. Friends are willing to help lend an extra hand.
Ask in advance and plan accordingly.
When you are at your new campus apartment, take a brief minute to reassure the folks back home that you have arrived at your destination.
Remember to thank those who helped make your journey possible.