Short term moving

Short term moving

I know there have been a couple posts about similar things in the past, but I haven't been able to dig them up in the memories so here goes: I have been offered an internship and it starts very soon (middle of January). I get a flight out there (on them), which is great, but I also will be staying there (there being 1000+ miles from home) for four months. I don't have a ton I want to bring with me, as I can buy an air mattress and some other meager furnishings out there, but my luggage will not be able to fit everything. Most importantly, I'm wondering how to ship a decent sized desktop PC and a large CRT monitor. Both of these are too big to fit in a standard size suitcase, so I doubt they'll make it on the plane. It's very important that neither gets banged around during shipping, and I haven't had the best experiences with USPS, UPS, or FedEx in being especially careful with fragile items. I know shipping through those would also likely cost a fortune. What are my options? This is only for four months, and I think I'll have a very inexpensive option of getting these things back home when my internship is over, so its only going one-way. I feel like I'm overlooking some really obvious choices, or at least hoping that I am -- if I can find a better alternative, I'd also be able to send out other stuff and avoid having to buy a lot of extra while I'm out there. Driving is not out of the question if there is not a "safe" or reasonable (price-wise) method of getting those (and other) items out to my new place. It would be a pain and hard to turn down free plane tickets, but I guess I'll need to see what is cost effective. Also, any good brands of air mattresses anyone recommends? It doesn't need to be perfect, won't be around any pets, but I do want it to last the full 4 months and stay relatively firm/inflated (I have a bad back). Any other tips or advice for short term moving stuff like this? I was given really short notice, and its very stressful trying to come up with housing, transportation, etc. when you're 1000 miles away. And lastly, what's the greater DC area like? I'm from a small city, have been on a city bus like twice in my life, and I'm completely unprepared for "big city" life. What's fun to do? Any areas to avoid? Bus or rail? TIA!
Gifts on a shoestring budget

Gifts on a shoestring budget

pretty in pink!

pretty in pink!

Castor bean and trumpet plant

Castor bean and trumpet plant

My room.

My room.

Help!

Help!

Can this be real?

Can this be real?