"What do I really need for college?" This is the question just about every parent and grad has on their minds as they prepare for the onslaught of packing, purchasing, and hoping that you remember everything you need! We have made this easy template to make packing and buying a cinch! Of course, use your best judgement and adapt the list to suit your own needs. Something else to consider is how far you are traveling. It might be more expensive to haul everything you need, versus finding a Target or Walmart store nearby and buying them in the city where you are moving to. You can also consider only taking the items you need for a term or semester, and then swapping them out when you visit home in between, to save space (such as summer clothes and winter clothes, or sports equipment you'll only need for one part of the year). Here are some key items on our checklist, which you can download below:
Fan: This may seem odd, but in cramped dorm rooms with neighbors who may like to play loud music, a fan to create white noise a great idea. It will also create a breeze in a tight space, which is awesome in really warm weather.
Drying rack: A folding laundry rack that you can stow under the bed will be perfect for all of those delicate items or pretty dresses that you don't want shrunk or mixed in with anyone else's laundry. You can also use it to hang clothes that you rinse out or hand wash in the sink, and keep them looking fabulous.
Sheets and Pillowcases: Check with your school to find out if the twin beds are regular length or extra-long, because these are two separate sheet sizes. Bring 2 sets, because you never know if you'll have food spills or some mishap with your single set, or if you just take a few extra days to do your laundry.
Stain Remover: We love oxi-clean max force laundry spray to get those stubborn grass stains or food spills out, and you can spray it on and just toss your laundry into the washer, with no scrubbing needed. You can also find small bottles of it in the trial and travel sections of most grocery stores, which will save space.
Surge Protector: This is a pretty important one! You'll be plugging in your cell phone charger, laptop charger, and any other electronics into just one or two outlets, and you'll want to make sure a power surge doesn't cost you that paper you're in the middle of typing up!
Download a copy of the full checklist HERE.