The Bare Necessities (for a College Dorm)
The first semester of college is quickly approaching for soon-to-be college freshmen. Parents everywhere are fretting over sending their students off to college with the right college dorm essentials.
I read a post from a few parents the other day about their sons’ lack of concern for dorm shopping. The advice came from a seasoned parent: get the essentials and let them get what they need later. I thought that was excellent advice that all parents should follow. My daughter practically took her whole room to college with her; we realized quickly that a college dorm room did not provide adequate closet space for her shoes.
Never be fooled by the room you saw on the campus tour. Dorm rooms are small, bare and lacking even the bare necessities.
For those parents whose children are not “dorm shopping motivated” and for those other parents whose students can’t seem to sift through what is necessary and what should be left at home, this list of essentials from DormCo.com should help.
Unfortunately college dorm twin beds are not standard size. You’re going to need XL sheets.
Your student will spend a good deal of time on their dorm bed—studying, reading, and listening to music (dorm rooms are small). A nice, fluffy comforter is a necessity.
Egg crate foam mattress
If I could list one dorm essential item, especially for girls, it’s the bed risers. These wonderful dorm additions allow your student to raise the bed, providing added storage underneath.
Clip on lamp
There will be late nights studying in bed, and often their roommate will be sleeping. A clip on light gives them the light they need without turning on the room lights.
Laundry Bag with printed instructions
Your student has likely been doing laundry at home with your instruction. When they go off to college they will be responsible for their own. This bag, with printed instructions, will be a lifesaver.
Shower caddy and shower shoes
It goes without saying that your student will need towels. I suggest the oversized versions and while you’re at it, add a nice robe to the mix.
Bedside storage organizer
Send your student off with these essentials and they should have the basic necessities to set up their new home. Once they are set with these, you can add the decor, any additional storage items, and of course, study materials.
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