College is starting in a few weeks (for some, it’s starting now) and, for incoming freshmen, it can be an overwhelming time of transitions. Going away for the first time, living on their own, not sure what to bring—there are tons of things to think about! And as a parent, you want to feel that your child is secure and has everything they need for a successful year. Follow some of our guidelines to help you prepare for the school year and avoid over-packing for back-to-college.
What to bring to college
- Bed sheets. Most dorm room beds are a twin XL. Pick some cute sheets out and let your student’s personality shine.
- Trash can. Instead of walking down the hall to use the community trash can, have a small one in the room for small papers and accumulated trash.
- Fan. Some dorm rooms aren’t air-conditioned, and it can get hot in a dorm room! Try getting a box fan that can sit in a window and promote airflow.
- Smart storage. With a small room, your child will need to invest in some smart storage options. Consider looking at our Spirit Kits to get the perfect look for their small space.
- Artwork or accent lighting. Add some flair to the room and personalize it with some favorite pieces of artwork, posters or cool lighting. This will make the space feel more like home and more comfortable.
- Laundry bag. Being away from home, students will have to start doing their own laundry. Make sure your child has a fun and functional laundry bag that will allow and encourage them to keep their clothes clean and off the floor.
- Microwave and refrigerator. Many times, a dorm room won’t include a microwave and refrigerator. For late-night snacks or study sessions where your student will need to stay in and work, having their own appliances will be nice. Many times, colleges will have deals where you can rent or buy from the bookstore.
Get ready for college in a breeze with our list above. Remember that having an organized space will help your child’s mind be clutter-free and ready for class!
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