If you’re a parent who’s counting down the days until the car is packed and your freshman is headed off to college, you’ve probably already hit the stores with a long list of Must Haves for the college.
My dining room is quickly filling up with boxes bound for college, so I thought I’d pick the brain of my favorite college sophomore for her recommended Must Haves, beyond the bedding, laptop and office supplies.
After they’ve lofted their beds, it’s time to get down to some serious unpacking, organizing and decorating! The following items can help make their freshman dorm-life experience more comfortable. As a parent when your kid’s life is good, so is yours!
Beyond the Basics – Must Haves
After you loft your bed, use storage bins to stash towels and toiletries or clothes for cooler weather. Dorm storage is limited, so make the most of the space you’ve got!
A few inches of memory foam can improve the comfort of the typical dorm mattress.
A small fan for less than $25, keeps a dorm cool and doesn’t require much space. In the northeast part of the country it can feel like summer up til October!
TJMaxx and Homegoods carry area rugs to make your room cozy and add bit of color. A rug will protect your bare feet from the cold tile flooring!
Don’t risk damaging walls, use Command Strips to hang everything from posters & bulletin boards to fairy lights.
Headphones are a must in shared dorm space!
Prevent back and neck strain by using a laptop stand.
A mini fridge and a place to store snacks for when the dining hall is closed!
The goal for parents and students is to make the transition as stress-free as possible! Good luck Class of 2020! Don’t forget to bring some Kleenex.