Dorm Room Musts: What to Pack for the College Road Trip
As you pull out of the campus parking lot, your child happily sets up his or her dorm
room and gets ready the first week of college classes. Although waving goodbye to your
little 18 year old can be a little scary, college is an exciting time for both parents and
students. Whether your child is enrolled in courses from South University or will be
studying at Arizona State this semester, here are some helpful tips when packing for that
all important college road trip.
Many dorm rooms use extra long twin mattresses. Extra long sheets can be tricky to track
down sometimes, so definitely check ahead of time to see if your child’s new bunk will
be regular or extra long.
Another good idea is to invest in a good mattress pad. They don’t call them dorm rooms
for nothing. A comfy mattress pad can make all the difference in a good night’s sleep and
will also cover an older mattress to keep things clean for your student.
After you move in your child, they may periodically need important family documents
•Health Insurance Card
•Certain Health Records
From time to time students will be checking in with their college enrollment office. Make
sure they have the right copies of necessary documents and that they have memorized
their social security number.
While there are some essentials such as a reliable lap top and a phone, there are many
electronic devices that are really more luxuries than necessities when it comes to dorm
room life. Most students probably will not need a TV in their room. Many dorms have
common areas already supplied with televisions, cable and DVD players. Having a TV in
their own room can be distracting and take up space .
Another nicety but not requirement is a tablet. Although they are becoming increasingly
popular and can be useful, they are not yet a staple for surviving college life. A laptop
or notebook are already portable for taking notes in class and meeting to work on group
assignments. Many students already have smartphones and multiple mobile gadgets
might be redundant. However, this is really up to the student and how plugged in he or
she wishes to be.
While extremely convenient to have right under the bed, printers can be another added
expense with the cost of ink. A simple alternative is just walking over to the college
library where there are plenty of high quality printers to use for a few cents per page.
Once again, this probably depends on the student’s preference and particular major as an
increasing number of papers and assignments are now turned in digitally through college
Some electronic accessories that will truly come in handy are a good pair of headphones
and a couple of thumb drives for storage space and transporting presentations.
Making a Home
In the rush of finding shower supplies and school materials, it is important to remember
that your child’s dorm room is going to be home for the next nine months. While teens
will be out at class, in the stands of a basketball game or busy with friends, they will still
spend a good amount of time in their rooms. It is nice to make them feel like home with a
few bright posters and colorful blankets and pillows.
With these and a few other basics, your student will be ready to move right into the
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