Monday, May 14, 2012

Packing Your Student for Dorm Life

Moving on Monday

It's that time of year when high school seniors are graduating.  They're ending a chapter in their lives, ready to begin another at college in the fall.  Most have heard back from their applications, and know where they are headed at the end of summer. 

And now that they know, it's not too early to start buying and packing for dorm life.  Dorm rooms present challenges because of their size.  The rooms are often smaller than a student's bedroom, and it has to be shared with someone!  Therefore, it pays to plan ahead and be wise in your purchases.  Over the next few weeks, we'll look at packing your college student to make the best use of space. 

These are merely guidelines, though, as the amenities and requirements vary by college.  Some schools already have refrigerators, while some don’t allow microwaves in rooms, so check with the school before completing your shopping.  Also, if you haven’t seen the room, ask for dimensions or a layout to plan your purchases.  This week, dorm room basics.


·         Mattress Pad
·         Accent Rug(s)
·         Draperies and drapery hardware
·         Alarm Clock and extra batteries
·         Microwave oven, cookware
·         Small refrigerator
·         Ice cube trays
·         Coffee maker
·         Water filter pitcher and replacement filters
·         Plates, bowls, cups, glasses, eating utensils
·         Water bottle
·         Hand-held can opener, utility knives, bottle opener
·         Plastic bowls or bags for food storage, chip clips
·         Measuring cups and spoons
·         Dish towels and cloths, dish detergent
·         Paper towels, napkins, plates
·         Trash bags
·         Book case or book shelves
·         Plastic storage bins or crates (make use of underbed space)
·         Basic tool kit
·         Lamps, light bulbs
·         Telephone and accessories
·         Extra chair or seating
·         Potted plants (low-maintenance) or silk plants
·         Portable fan
·         Hand-held vacuum
·         Flashlight and batteries


Celeste said...

Just a reminder that most college dorm beds are extralong twin size. I missed that with my first one and had to go get all new bedding.

Michelle said...

Yes, thank you for that reminder. Stores like Bed, Bath & Beyond and Target tend to stock up on this size over the summer just because of this.