If you are anything like me, you are a little overwhelmed by the though of sending off your baby to college. What do they need? What do you have to buy in the next few months to prepare them for the big MOVE IN day!
The first time we dropped off my oldest at college it was a whirlwind of emotions and stress. We had put everything in the giant van, but when we arrived there was a crew of people at the school that took everything from the vehicle! It was wonderful to not have to schlep boxes and bags up 4 flights of stairs, but they ended up putting everything in the room and we had no idea where to start unpacking. I quickly realized I had forgotten quite a few items too! We wasted several hours because we were unorganized and not sure what to unpack first. I quickly jotted down some ideas of how I could improve for child number 2!
I knew I needed to pack more efficiently and divide things up into like boxes! I quickly came up with a packing list divided up into 7 boxes. I recommend printing them all off and getting 7 large totes, labeling them 1-7 and putting the list on top of the box when you are done checking off each item. Now some things can easily be mailed via amazon right to the dorm room a few days into their stay, but some stuff is pretty necessary day one!
Fast forward to child 2 – we had everything much better organized. The bed was lofted up pretty high, so we ended up buying a three step foldable ladder which worked really well! Child #2 also had an issue with the mattress slipping so she purchased STRAPS to hold the sheets to the mattress but put it through the metal frame so the whole thing would not slip! The mini fridge fit under the bed, the cubes and grey/teal baskets were a Target purchase! I ordered XL mattress protector and the xl twin sheets online on Amazon! The fan was great because there was no AC in the dorms! Even in Syracuse the weather can be hot in August! The clear totes under her bed were what we divided the stuff into and we took a few of them home empty so that she had lots of space!
The surge protector is a must have – it gives you many more outlets and some even come with a Multiple USB port option for phones!
A few more tips from my mom friends:
Kathie said: a lanyard for keys and ID holder, and a tile tracker for keys and backpack! Great idea Kathie! She also suggested Marshall’s tote bags for loading and unloading if you don’t want to buy plastic tote bins!
Sue used a rolling desk supply case for all the school supplies and taped it shut for easy transport!
My daughter Vicky put all her clothes for in the closet on hangers and popped them in a large garbage bag and put the hangers through the top of the bag. Cinch the bag closed with hangers sticking out and then simply hang on rod when you arrive at school and pull the bag off!
Hope this helps all you moms & dads that are overwhelmed! Now go enjoy your summer!