Jul 8, 2014
Preparing your child for college can be a daunting task, especially if they’re the first. When making your seemingly endless list, it can be easy to pile on the fun stuff and forget about the practical things!
We’ve gathered five college dorm essentials that might not be as fun as the mini-fridge, but will make your future freshman’s stay go much smoother!
1. Mattress cover
Two words: bed bugs. Avoid the inconvenience and unsightly bug bites and invest in a mattress cover! Many stores sell covers specifically designed to protect your mattress and keep bed bugs away.
2. Eating utensils
While meal plans are a great part of any college freshman’s life, there will be times when they’ll eat in their dorm. Buy one plate, bowl, fork, knife, and spoon to keep in their desk drawer.
3. Laundry Basket
Your child doing their own laundry can be a terrifying thought for some parents. Make it easier with a good laundry basket that’s easy to carry through the halls.
4. Flip flops
Many dorms have communal bathrooms. If this is the case for your child, make sure to pack a simple pair of flip flips. This makes their daily shower experience a little more hygienic!
This last suggestion might seem archaic, but a nice set of stationary is a fun excuse for your freshman to stay in touch! Pair it with a box of stamps and an address book full of addresses of friends and families.