To pack it or not to pack it? For many college bound kids and their parents, that is the question. Moving their whole life into a small dorm room can be a little overwhelming, to say the least. One way to master the move—and avoid the mayhem—is to create a checklist right from the start.
College Dorm Checklist to make your packing stress-free
Begin with the basics, like what kind of clothes to pack. Remember that dorm room closets are usually pretty small. Only pack seasonal clothes because your kid can exchange them when they come back at break. Also, try to pack clothes in duffle bags instead of big suitcases if you can (the bags will be easier to store in the dorm rooms).
Once you have clothing covered, it’s time to think about what they need for their room. Alarm clock, laptop, bedding, storage bins, garbage cans, school supplies, decorations and desk lamp are some of the college dorm room essentials (apartment essentials are slightly different). It’s also nice to have something that will remind your college kid of home for when they get homesick.
The college or university your kid is attending should have a college dorm checklist of what they recommend freshmen bring to school based on their dorms—be sure to check their website.
What about beyond the basics? We put together a college packing list of some of the most overlooked items your kid will need that you may want to pack:
• Mini toolkit with hammer, screwdriver, pliers, picture hangers and duct tape
• Flip flops for the shower
• Roll of quarters for laundry
• Cleaning supplies (maybe you have extra around the house that your kid could use)
• Small medicine kit
• Power strip/extension cords
• Laptop lock
• Air freshener
• Ear plugs
• Door hangers
If you’re not quite sure how to get your college dorm checklist started, we found a great guide from CollegeBoard.com. You can see their checklist here.
Do you have anything to add to the “don’t forget to pack it” list? Share your ideas with us!
Next week’s topic: Your August checklist.