The List: College Dorm Essentials & Stuff You May Forget

Manic:  This week as our firstborn baby boy grows up and moves into his dorm room!  With all of the excitement and emotion, it is hard to focus on the task at hand.  The list!

Managed: After several of my gal pals asked me to share our dorm room essentials list on my blog, I agreed that this is a great idea.  So here is the list.

My son's surprise dorm room essentials kit put together by his sweet girlfriend and by me. Guilty of placing his face sign there! That was me and he loved the surprise...except for the face poster. LOL!

My son’s surprise dorm room essentials kit put together by his sweet girlfriend and by me. Guilty of placing his face sign there! That was me and he loved the surprise…except for the face poster. LOL!  We discovered that there were still a few items that we didn’t think about so that also inspired this blog post.

Compiled by us, our son’s wish list and the best part…suggestions from other parents who have been there, done that…and then had to go back to the store for dorm stuff that is easy to forget.  Stuff like shower curtain rings (although do check the dorm room to see if the shower has a door and doesn’t need a shower curtain), a power strip, Advil, a lamp…stuff we don’t always think about.  So take a look, print out the lists (I have included several here) and happy college days to your little birdie who is leaving the nest.

And be sure to first consult your child’s roommate to check off who brings what and what can be shared like a mini fridge and microwave.

  1.  Linens for bed & bath – Dorm room beds are specially sized so typical sized fitted sheets won’t fit.  With this in mind and after shopping around and comparing prices, I found the best value to be at the very helpful online college shopping store, Our Campus Market.  The Student Starter Pak is a good value.  starter kitFor $139 we received our box in the design that my son selected…and I listed the contents below.  This is our box that we received…linens box

And here is what came in that box…

2 extra-long flat sheets
2 extra-long fitted sheets
2 standard pillowcases
1 extra-fluffy machine washable pillow
1 extra-long reversible comforter
1 extra-long quilted mattress pad
1 extra-long thermal cotton blanket
2 all-cotton bath towels
2 matching cotton hand towels
2 matching cotton wash cloths

2.  Laundry Basket on Wheels – found ours at Target. My son’s girlfriend, who is starting her sophomore year at ASU (so she has experience) suggested this.  I would not have thought to get him one on wheels to wheel down the dorm hall.  Smart!  You can see the one we bought in the first picture above. Of course, buy laundry detergent and dryer sheets, too.

3.  Grooming essentials – Our Campus Market has nifty grooming sets for both the guys and the girls.  We purchased one for our son called the Nitty Gritty Grooming Collection that includes a ton of stuff like shampoo, shower gel, deodorant, men’s face wash, toothpaste, toothbrush, mouth wash and more. nitty gritIt did cost $59 but it is the perfect set up to get him started.  The box it comes in is super cool and this can be mailed directly to the dorm as a college care kit.  My son liked this a lot.  The girls version, called Primp It Pretty Personal Collection is pictured here and costs the same…girls kit

4.  Our son’s #1 requested item was a coffee maker so he was so happy when he saw one in his surprise pile!

5. For the rest of the needed items, I am sharing this nice succinct list that ASU provided.  Then I will share a more elaborate list that ASU also mailed to us.  First the short list…

asu listASU also sent us these tips, but check with your own college dorm to see the unloading vehicle policies…tips pack

Here is a more detailed list…

Essentials

  • Backpack
  • Clothing
  • Flashlight with batteries
  • Personal hygiene products
  • School supplies
  • Personal property insurance

Home Supplies

  • Bedding linen/pillow (XL twin, regular twin or full size, depending on room style)
  • Can opener
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Dishes and silverware
  • Hangers
  • Iron/small ironing board
  • Laundry basket/supplies
  • Rug/carpet/bath mat
  • Shower caddy
  • Study/reading lamp
  • Light bulbs
  • Trash can (depending on room amenities)
  • Towels/shower shoes
  • Toilet paper
  • Shower curtain
  • Mirror

Electronics

  • Alarm clock
  • Extension cord/power strip
  • Cell phone/charger
  • Computer
  • Ethernet cables (20-25 feet)
  • Batteries
  • Stereo
  • TV/DVD/BLU-Ray Player

And last but not least, stuff my gal pals told me that I hadn’t thought of…

*1st Aid Kit complete with Advil and Tylenol and a thermometer.  Two of my mom friends told me that they added first-aid cold meds, cotton balls, Q-tips, Cortizone, Pepto, bandages and Caladryl.  I am also putting in bug spray wipes called Bug Band Towelettes that are conveniently packaged from Bug Band.

*One of these Moms also told me that she had to return to the store to get forgotten items that included light bulbs, a lock for a personal cabinet that the dorm provides, an ether net cable for the TV and a basketball.  Love that she told me this about more needed items for her son.

Ok, parents out there.  What did I forget on these lists?  Did I get it all?  Do share in the comments section as I am brand new to this college parent club.  It is an exciting world to be in!

And here we are in this new world!  In the dorm room model that I checked out last month with my son, my daughter and my son’s girlfriend.dorm room pic

The real thing happens next Friday…smile/sniffle/joy/sadness….bittersweet.  So exciting!

 

Unique Mother’s Day Gift Ideas!

Mother’s Day is coming right up on Sunday, May 8th so I have gift ideas that are unique, thoughtful, some funny and some that are earth friendly and give back, too.  Take a look and Happy Mother’s Day out there!
To see the article that accompanies this video with prices, websites and links visit the morning show site here.

Money Saving & Green Graduation Celebration Ideas

Manic:  Graduation season with so much to do, events to plan and emotions to keep in check and all on a budget and tight timeline.  It is enough to make an already emotional mother’s head spin!

Managed:  Found some unique ideas, ways to save and some earth friendly suggestions, too.  I showed this festive fun stuff on my recent morning show segment on KTVK’s “Your Life A to Z” morning show, so take a look…

To read the written column that accompanies this segment and has all the information, prices and more, visit the KTVK website at this link.

Back To School Lunch Box Ideas & Foods For All Ages

Manic:  Back to school season.  The lazy carefree days of summer have come to a halt for the kids and they need good solid fuel at lunchtime to help them get refocused and back into it now and all year long.

Managed:  Did some brainstorming and reflected back on the years, since I now have a high school senior and an 8th grader.  Here are some cool lunchboxes that are fun and functional to know about and some food ideas to fill that lunch bag up with that both the kids and the parents can agree on.  Take a look…

Part 2 of segment….and don’t use the pointy toothpicks I showed…buy the cake pop sticks that don’t have pointy ends just to be extra safe!

And to see my entire column, check it on the KTVK “Your Life A to Z” show hotline page that you can find here.

Back To School Bargains!

Manic:  It is back to school here already!  My kids start back on August 3rd!  Time for back to school supply shopping and that can be timely and costly!

Managed:  Did the legwork for my blog readers and found some great deals including some supplies that only cost 1 cent!  Yes, you read that right…only one penny.  So read on to see the deals and to see what some of our favorite time tested picks are plus a cool school supply for parents that I wish I would have had on hand years ago.

Dad’s Day Gift Ideas!

Father’s Day is this Sunday so if you need some gift ideas, check out my recent morning show segment on KTVK’s “Your Life A to Z” show.  This aired last week so there are some excellent last minute ideas, but also a few that it may be too late to order, but most of these will work now and are affordable and unique, so take a look!

Beauty Blast From The Past: 80s Faves That Are Still Around

When my morning show producers asked me to be part of their tubular 80s themed show, we all thought it would be fun if I brought in some beauty products that have stood the test of time.  So check this out because you might be pleasantly surprised to see that you can still get some of stuff that may have been your totally awesome favorite back in the day.  I found most of the items at Walgreens, the Caboodle at Target and Vidal Sassoon crimpers are also sold at Target.  Go back in time with me and take a look….

Pet Products & More That Are Green For Earth Day & Everyday

As I continue to recognize Earth Day this week, here are some ideas that reduce our pets’ carbon pawprints with a few products that are green and good.  Plus I found a company that will recycle those super popular Keurig K cups that so many of use for our morning coffee and many other green ideas that will help us take care of our earth, so take a look….

Ways To Save on Back To School Shopping

Warm Winter Fashions That Are Functional, Too!

Manic:  Me, a wimpy Phoenician when the weather gets cold!  But I don’t want to buy winter clothes I can’t wear again on days that are chilly, but not too cold.

Managed:  Found some smart styles like gloves that let you text, a hat that won’t give you hat head when it rains or is windy and more.  Check out what I found…