Maximize storage using such things as bed lifts and underbed boxes, right, and over-the-door organizers

Leave some winter gear at home if possible

Coordinate with roommates before arrival

Keep a checklist of

things to bring

Check homeowner's insurance for dorm room coverage

Include some secure storage such as a safe or lockable trunk

Check with the institution about restrictions on items such as microwaves and power cords, some may allow surge protectors like the one at right