One would think that since I’ve been blogging for five years (Ok, that’s crazy as it feels like only four), and one of my first blogs was about What does a girl pack for college , that I would have some idea about how to help my child pack for college. Not so much. Especially since boys pack differently than girls. And Meredith left for college five years ago, and a lot changes in five years. But I digress… 🙂 With Patrick heading off to college in the not too distant future, I thought it best to brush up on my college packing lists.
There are many, many lists out there, but what intrigued me about this list, is this gal was confident enough to declare it The Ultimate College Packing List. I stand up and take notice when something is declared “The Ultimate”, and liked what she suggested, so here that goes:
The Ultimate College Packing List by The Blogging Brew
AROUND THE DORM
Over the door mirror
Mini ottomans with storage
Trash/recycling bin and bags
Mattress pad Be sure to check with your housing office for bed sizes, because your dorm may require Twin XL sheets!
Hanging jewelry organizer
Phone and charger
Laptop and charger
Printer, paper, and ink
Portable Hard Drive
To-go coffee mug
Microwaveable Ramen cooker
Microwaveable soup bowl
Basically everything microwaveable
Food (I’ll leave that one to you)
First aid box
Upset stomach medicine
Extra notebook paper
Lock (if your dorm comes with a lockable drawer, otherwise I suggest purchasing a safe!)
Reusable water bottle
Because I think life is about choices, I am including numerous additional college packing lists.
Yet someone else confident enough to post, The Ultimate College Packing List
The “Ultimate” Freshman Packing List, yet another Ultimate list!
The Mother of All College Packing Lists
Dorm Essentials Checklist
A Guys Packing List for College
“My College Packing List”… and this is Not “My” List, but someone else who goes by “My”.
I think what’s best to do with these “lists” is to use them as guidelines. Figure out what your college student needs (or You, if a college student is actually reading this and not my posse of friends) and create your own list. I have found that perusing through these lists I have found things that I would have forgotten for Patrick. Quite frankly, as of lately, I’d probably forget just about everything, but again, I digress. What concerns me most is this time when taking my child to school, we are taking one car. With Meredith, we took two cars. That was two cars filled with basically All clothes!
But, I happen to be a savvy packer and am confident we can get all of POB’s belongings into one car… As well as our overnight bags and electronics and stash of wine.
What’s keeping me calm (aside from a never-ending supply of Chardonnay), is knowing that I can ship anything that Patrick needs via Amazon Prime! Free two-day shipping, on most items! Seeing as freshman aren’t allowed to have cars, he won’t have a chance to run to Target, Walmart or other stores where he may need things. And while I’m all about sending care packages, I’m also very happy to order from Amazon, and let them ship what’s needed for me! Saving on shipping, which is a very good thing. So if you forget to send something with your college young adult, you can ship it for free from Amazon! As long as you have Amazon Prime…and I think Everyone should have Amazon Prime. Students can try it for free for 6-months, via this link: Amazon Prime Free Trial for Students
Lastly…everything we got for college was from Target, Bed, Bath and Beyond, The Container Store and Amazon. That doesn’t include the preppy clothes and shoes my son likes, but all dorm-items we purchased at these stores…and mostly online.
Song of the Day: Good Riddance (Time of your Life) by Green Day.
Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go
So make the best of this test and don’t ask why
It’s not a question but a lesson learned in time
I hope you had the time of your life
Life is short. Kiss your kids! <3
Thanks NKO! Love this!
This is true. 🙂
This is also true.
Better yet, I will write my screenplay!
Ain’t that the truth!