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    Comfy bedding

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    Most dorms have extra long single beds so you will likely need extra long double beds, pillows, a cozy duvet or blanket, and a foam pad to soften the industrial mattress. It is mainly the fitted sheet that needs to be extra long. The top sheet can be a normal length, and you may not even need it if your child is using a machine-washable duvet. Save a few dollars by using a full-length foam or egg box block - it will be a few inches short, but once the sheets are on, your child won't even notice. In our wildest parental fantasies, children do laundry. In the real world, when you add a second sentence, they change the leaves at least once. And if your child is on their way to icy climes, one of these sets could be a cozy flannel.

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    A really, really good alarm clock

    Photo by Jackie Burrell Some kids can sound the alarm on their smartphone, hop out of bed, and set off. m. class. But if you've got a freshman Rip Van Winkle, a kid who needs to be harassed, threatened, and dragged out of bed in high school, then you should come up with a more, um, mandatory watch solution: a little watch that stands out from the world catapults bedside table and scamper, beeping insanely, under the bed, or someone whose bed shaking would make itself felt on the Richter scale.
  • 03 of 11

    Towels & toiletries

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    Your child will need several bath towels and flip flops for the shower, as well as soap, shampoo, and toiletries. It's nice to have a large plastic basket to store everything, but check the situation in the bathroom first. Some bedrooms in the dormitory have individual cubbies or lockers, and sizes can range from exceptionally narrow to spacious. Take a look at the storage situation when you go for orientation and ask if all dorms have the same style toilet. Or wait until the move-in date and add a ... more appropriately sized TOR to your inevitable destination / long / big box store. Definitely, buy duplicate toiletries so that your teenage extra toothpaste, etc. You may also want to buy an over the door hook for hanging damp towels to dry.

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    Laundry supplies

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    Your teen will need laundry detergent, fabric softener, a laundry bag or basket, and a jar with quarters unless their college uses debit cards in the laundromat ... and a rudimentary understanding of how a washing machine works and what happens when red t-shirts with white underwear getting washed. (Although Shout Color Catchers actually work. Most of the time. Compare Color Catcher prices here.) If you send your child off with the same brand of detergent you use at home, their sheets, towels, and… MORE clothes will smell comfortably familiar.

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  • 05 of 11

    School tools

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    Your new freshman will need a desk lamp and lightbulbs, school supplies (notebooks, pencils, pens), a graphing calculator, extension cords and power strip with surge protection, laptop and flash drive. What he probably doesn't need is a printer. Some schools want papers that are typically submitted electronically through websites such as Turnitin. com to check for plagiarism. Each school offers printing rights through the library.

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    Mini fridges & appliances

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    A mini fridge, microwave (if allowed), electric fan (for dorms without air conditioning), TV and DVD player are essential for the dormitory. Not absolutely necessary: ​​a landline and answering machine. However, make sure your child checks the dorm rules first. For example, some older dorms do not allow microwaves. Encourage him to discuss who's bringing what with his roommate and seriously consider renting him instead of buying the mini-fridge. Summer storage is a big problem, and chances are your ... MORE students will have traded up to a real junior year apartment with a real refrigerator.

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    Storage boxes & hangers

    Photo courtesy Sergio Roberto, floor. Xchng Photos The bulk of the brightly colored storage devices available to the college fanatic are unnecessary and some items don't work at all - these cute stacking compartments are usually too small to hold more than one place, the pair of underwear and the drawers won't slide. What your child needs are hangers for the closet and storage containers for under the bed. Choose squat Rubbermaid tubs that can hold a pile of towels, a pile of sweatshirts, or the cereal boxes he will inevitably acquire. You ... MORE should be able to fit at least three trash cans under the average dorm bed. Hanging shoe storage is helpful if you have a daughter or son with a large collection of shoes. If your son prefers flip flops, he won't need anything anymore.
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    Other important accessories

    Photo by Jackie Burrell Most dorms have bulletin boards, bookshelves, and trash cans. You want to provide thumbtacks and plastic garbage bags to line the trash (and increase the chances that the trash will actually be emptied), also handy to have: a roll of paper towels, handkerchiefs, a first aid kit, snacks , a cereal bowl, spoon, and microwaveable mug. Proceed to 9 of 11.
  • 09 of 11

    Dorm decor & photos

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    Posters, family photos, soft pillows, and a teddy bear help personalize a room and soften the calm. A soft throw of fleece is a comforting decorative touch. Don't assume that your child can hang things from the walls. Many dorms have ash cheek walls or rules about hammers and nails, so think about lightweight construction or independence. Some students use tape - with mixed results - to hang posters and photo collages, or they prop a large, lightweight canvas against a wall and insert pictures, photos ... MORE thumbtacks or even jewelry.

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    Optional, but nice to have

    Photo by Jackie Burrell A soft, colorful rug makes a dirty floor look nicer. Easy-to-stow, collapsible seat or floor cushions make friends feel welcome, and some students say they like to keep a sleeping bag handy for overnight guests. Also very nice to have: noise-canceling headphones, an iPod docking station and speakers, and a favorite book or two from home. The students call them "consolation books". Looking for more? Take a look at these five hot new dormitory items. Your child's health and happiness can't rest ... MORE on a cool, giant, dry-erase calendar sticker to hang over their desk, but it's definitely a nice thing to have!
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    Downloadable dorm shopping list

    Jackie Burrell Ready to Shop? Or raid your closets? Download this dorm shopping list so you don't have to lug your laptop with you.