All FOP students will move directly into term-housing before their FOP Trip! This means that for the first time in program history, you do not need to worry about storing items prior to FOP. Once you arrive and check-in on campus you will be given some time to move into your room.
The Moving Dilemna
If they're flying with you , have your family/friends bring heavy stuff in their checked baggage, so long as each bag weighs less than 50 lbs to avoid exorbitant oversize baggage fees. If they're driving, stuff everything in their car. There are two main options for when your moving support team arrives with stuff:
Pre-FOP: If your families/friends drop you off the day you begin FOP, congratulations you have people to help you move in!
Post-FOP: If your family/friends arrive the day after you return from FOP, move-in day, you will already be moved into your new room!
Ship 'til You Drop
In mid-August you can start sending packages and mail to your Harvard Yard Mail Center address, where it will securely await you when you arrive for FOP. There are multiple options for shipping, so be sure to get quotes from several carriers (e.g. DHL, UPS, USPS, and CollegeBoxes), as different carriers can be more or less expensive depending on from where you're shipping.
Less is More
Lots of things can be bought in Cambridge: toothpaste, trashcans, bed sheets, shoe racks, food, bicycles, and stereos, to name but a few. Stores abound in the vicinity of Harvard Square, and computers bought through Harvard even get a discount!