Acceptances have been received, deposits have been made, your child is going off to college in just a matter of weeks. In fact, you’re probably wearing a t-shirt bearing the name of their soon-to-be alma mater. Congratulations! You and your freshman have worked years to get to this place. They’ve studied. You’ve worried. (Maybe that was just me?) Now it is time to pack them up and get ready to say goodbye.
Much planning and shopping goes into preparing for college drop-off. For my college bound freshman and me the fun began at Bed Bath & Beyond. It is THE mother ship of stores ready, willing, and able to fulfill your every college dorm need.
(Dorm drop off tips? Click here >”How To Drop Off Your Child At College Without Losing Your Mind.”)
BBB has a list from almost every college of what to buy, from pillow protectors to collapsible hampers to lamps in every color, and more. If your college bound freshman is a shopper like mine, she’ll want to decorate and coordinate her bedding and towels and desk accessories, and maybe even a throw rug too. At BBB you can find things to help you decorate to your hearts delight. Thankfully, I had clipped a year’s worth of BBB coupons to use for our shopping day.
But, before you get swept up in the thrill of the moment and buy every single item that catches your eye or is listed on your college dorm list, keep this is mind- Don’t! Just don’t. Take a deep breath and remind yourself that your child’s dorm room is roughly the size of your mailbox, so you’ll need to show some restraint. After moving two kids in and out of college and graduate school here’s what I’ve learned:
Dorm Shopping Dos & Don’ts:
What you need:
After moving two kids into college I recommend just buying the basics, because if you’re child is anything like mine, some stuff will sit unopened or unused in a storage bin under their bed. Just buy the basics:
- Twin xl sheets (2 sets) – assuming the first set gets washed
- Pillow and mattress protector
- Pillows, blanket, comforter
- Cushy mattress pad
- Collapsible hamper
- Towels – preferably in a color other than white so they don’t get mixed up with your roommates things.
- Storage bins to tuck under the bed to store extra sheets, first aid kit, and other items not needed daily.
- Hangers – preferably ultra thin
- Shower caddy large enough to hold their toiletries. (Check out the giveaway below!)
- First Aid kit: band aids, Tylenol, thermometer, and whatever medicines they use.
What you don’t need:
- Hold off on buying lamps, waste baskets, and bed risers until you step foot in your dorm, as some of these items might already be in the room and lighting may be sufficient.
- Same goes for fans, power-strips and surge protectors. They might not be necessary.
- Think twice about alarm clocks. If your child has a smart phone, there is an app for that.
- Hold off buying a refrigerator or TV. Often roommates coordinate who makes such purchases or if they’re bringing one from home.
- Don’t pack your entire closet. Dorm rooms are the size of prison cells; bring too much your parents will just end up taking it back home.
- Ironing board? Totally unnecessary. You’ll be lucky if they wash their clothes!
In addition to refrigerators and TVs, sometimes other things get shared, like their shoes and clothes. However, there are some things that your child shouldn’t share, such as their personal beauty and hygiene products, like toothpaste, razors, deodorant, shampoo, or makeup. You can find all your personal toiletry needs in the Harmon Face Values section at Bed Bath & Beyond.
This is a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% mine.