First year College Necessities

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First year College Necessities
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Sun, 07-31-2011 - 12:37am

My older son is leaving for college in September and although I've got lists of things he'll need to get and pack for dorm life, I feel there may be more.

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Sun, 07-31-2011 - 6:45am

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Sun, 07-31-2011 - 7:47am

BB&B usually has a great checklist in store. I found a bunch online; for instance one is http://www.justdorm.com/ or http://www.collegeboard.com/student/plan/college-success/9763.html Clothes wise, go for a lot of socks and underwear and tshirts, a couple hoodies, some shorts and jeans, and probably one set of nice clothes. Flip flops, athletic shoes, maybe loafers. Definitely a more comfortable chair besides the desk chair that will be in the dorm. For ds18 they only had 8 meal swipes/week so we sent him with things like cereal/milk, microwaveable mac/cheese or chili or soup, hot pockets, fruit, fruit snacks, granola bars, gogurt - just stuff for him to grab and eat quickly for whenever. He brought 2 sets of bowls/cups/plates/utenslis, dish towels and some dish soap. The dorm fridge - make sure you have a small ice tray but don't count on much else fitting in the 'freezer'. DS's college has a limit on size for the fridge and microwave so be sure to abide by that. They wanted him to have a computer ethernet cable. He did end up with his own printer for his laptop for convenience. For the bed he liked the egg crate mattress cover thing more than caring about a good mattress pad. Get a throw blanket that can go on the bed or on him while studying/relaxing. For the laundry, he preferred the BB&B one that's like an over the shoulders duffle; holds a week's worth of laundry and is easily lugable. Whatever works to wake him for class would be good. He liked a fan to move the air (small, not box). Something to put all the standard desk/school supplies in - something that would roll under the bed helped save space. He liked a pair of the nylon shorts with pockets to throw on to put his dorm key in in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom down the hall. They couldn't put nails or tacks into the wall to put posters up (he'll want to personalize somehow) so throw in some masking tape (duct tape might take paint off and then you'd have to pay repair fees come checkout). Headphones or ear buds are vital so they don't hear what each other is listening to while studying (thankfully cuts down on the old stereo wars days!). Some first aid stuff is good. That's some random thoughts - that 2nd website really is pretty good.

Good luck - any other questions, we were in your shoes a year ago - feel free to ask!

Sue

Edited to add that at least at ds's U, there's only one dorm fridge and one microwave per dorm room so it's good to coordinate who is bringing what.

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Sun, 07-31-2011 - 10:11am

Another thing to think of - since he'll be so far from home - is that many of those necessities can be picked up once you get there. For example instead of hauling boxes of toiletries/paper towels/snacks/drinks/etc. make a Walmart or Target run when you get there and get him settled in. It's an exciting time for sure! Hope to see you around on the board!

Pam
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Sun, 07-31-2011 - 10:34am

Thank you so much.

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Sun, 07-31-2011 - 10:38am

Yes...

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Sun, 07-31-2011 - 10:41am

Got his laptop...

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Sun, 07-31-2011 - 12:36pm
I gather you know that BB&B will have the stuff needed packaged and ready at the campus location, if you shop locally for it - so you just pick it up at the closer store to campus. I think that's an awesome service they provide.
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Sun, 07-31-2011 - 1:32pm

When our guys were in HS, the only things they managed were checkbooks and paystubs.

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Sun, 07-31-2011 - 2:16pm
Yes... Love it! Already started a list of items from BB&B. Whatever we get there, it'll be a big help to pickup there. :)
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Sun, 07-31-2011 - 2:20pm
We've opened his checking account at Wells Fargo since they have a bank on campus at Stanford, but I like the idea of a file portfolio. My husband already sat with him and showed him how to balance his first statement, but he will need to hang on to his documents in a safe place. I agree that we can't totally trust keeping everything electronically. Is there a need for a safe in a dorm room? I keep going back and forth on this one. Was thinking of just a trunk or some sort of storage with a lock. What do you think?

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