So, your child is off to college...
Ensuring a Comfortable Dorm Room
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 70% of of high school graduates have enrolled in college classes. Many of those have chosen to live on campus or in nearby apartments. If you have kids who are on their way to campus within the next few weeks, then you'll want to check out these often-overlooked items that will ease the transition:
- Laundry: That's right. They'll have to start doing their own, or at least storing it appropriately to bring it home to you on the weekend! Either way, ensure they have a laundry basket, detergent, stain pen, wrinkle-free spray and enough quarters to get them going.
- Bedroom: Most college kids won't have much space, especially in on-campus housing. As a result, the beds are usually extra-long twins. You'll need sheets made for them and may want to consider a mattress pad, too. If you are sending a girl off to college, wait to purchase bedding to see if she'd like to coordinate with her roommate.
- Bathroom: Most of the necessities won't be provided, like shower caddy, toilet paper, towels, soap, etc. If they have a semi-private bath, get them a pair of flip-flops, too, to wear inside the shower.
Remember, just a few small items can make all the difference between your child settling right in or having to scramble for some of the basics of dorm living.
From the PackRat...
Moving and Storing College Stuff
Face it - it's just not possible to take 18 years of life and stuff it into a tiny dorm room. All of us have tried that at one time or another. Deciding what to store, what to move and what to leave behind could be a headache, but we've gathered some tips to help:
Find out what's provided: Most dorms come equipped with bed, desk, chair and dresser. Your child may or may not get a coveted mini-fridge or might not be allowed other types of small appliances. Before you purchase it or move it, see exactly what's available.
Storing Your Stuff: Concerned that your student might need some other items? Then find a nearby storage provider who offers great security. 1-800-PACK-RAT is in 39 states and probably has a location near your child's school.
Bring a Few Memories: Sometimes being away from home can be a drag. Encourage your child to bring a few, special items that will remind him of home. Just remember, most dorms don't allow nails, so figure out another way to hang those posters!
College is an exciting time, but it doesn't need to be stressful, too. A 1-800-PACK-RAT representative is only a call away to answer your questions about packing, moving and storing.