Preparing Your Child for College

Reduce college jitters by ensuring your campus-bound child is well-prepared-- these tips and tools will get you started:
  • Do your homework: Get as much information as possible before you shop. Talk to college students you know and ask what items they can't live without, as well as what they could have left behind. Call the school to find out what's supplied already (phone, wastebasket), and what can be bought (area rug) or rented (refrigerator, microwave) on-campus.
  • Divide and conquer: Your child should start a dialogue with his/her roommate to decide who is bringing--and buying--what
  • Party with a purpose: Put a fun twist on a goodbye party by asking friends and family to bring inexpensive "wishing well"-type gifts your co-ed can put to good use, such as laundry detergent, paper towels, toilet paper and snacks.

Dorm Room Checklist

Stock up on essentials and extras with this must-have list. For simple, one-stop shopping, head to your local Sears or visit

• (1) mattress cover
• (1) pillow
• (2) sets TXL sheets
• (1) comforter/quilt
• (2) blankets
• (4) place settings (plate, bowl, utensils, glass, mug)
• (1) saucepan
• (2) sets towels
• (1) shower tote
• (1) pair flip-flops
• (1) laundry basket
• (1) clock radio
• (1) storage locker
• (1) can opener
• (1) bath mat
• (1) bedrest
• (1) drying rack
• (1) iron
• (1) full-length mirror
• (1) tool kit
• (2) extension cords
• (1) keychain drive

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