They’ll need plenty of boxes to bring all their stuff from home, but get them a storage trunk, too. Trunks hold a ton, and they can provide in-room storage and double as a flat surface for bedside necessities, books, whatever.
Given that they will be sharing a tiny space with a stranger, encourage them to hide their valuables like cash, credit cards, jewelry and passport. The Hidden Dorm Safe from Dormco looks like a shirt hanging in the closet but it conceals all their valuables. To be extra cautious, they can nestle this “shirt” in their trunk with other belongings.
Kids live for their music, so make sure they have a way to listen to their favorite tunes aside from tiny smartphone speakers or earbuds. A Bluetooth speaker, preferably a portable water- and drop-resistant one, is perfect for a dorm room but will also come in handy around campus and at parties. One of my favorites with great bang for the buck– plus a carrying handle and a port for charging a smartphone– is the Turcom AccoustoShock Water-Resistant Speaker.
A Way to Pay
Before they head off to school, give them access to “just in case” money in case of an emergency. To be safe, set up a joint account where both you and they are required to provide a signature to withdraw funds, or a joint credit card with a low balance that will get them out of a pinch but won’t bankrupt you.
Dorm life is noisy, and daylight may not always line up with their sleep schedule. Items like a white noise machine– there are also white noise apps—good earplugs, an eye mask, and even noise- and light-cancelling “blackout” curtains could mean the difference between a well-rested and a sleep-deprived student.
Now that your child is all set with all the dorm room necessities, you just need to get over your heartache!