It was a crisp fall day in 1989. Students were going in and out of the dorms like ants carrying trunks, suitcases, and tote bags. Befuddled parents were standing outside, trying to be helpful but mostly chatting with other parents and taking in the scene. This would be their beloved, newly-adult child’s home for the next year and they wanted to memorize it all.
State-of-the-art ‘80s dorm must haves were an answering machine, a boombox with a CD player, and a word processor (or, if you were lucky, a DOS-based computer or Macintosh SE). Throw in a wall tapestry and a Klimt poster and you’ve got a pretty fine room!
Now that my oldest daughter is heading off to college this fall, I figured I probably shouldn’t rely just on my own experience to help figure out what she needs. So I polled my mom friends with kids currently in college to find their best move-in tips. Now I get to share them with you!
What has changed? The rooms are still small, the beds are still twin XL, and that Klimt poster is still popular, but most other things have undergone some great updates.
Here are my favorites to make sure your student has all the essentials.
My last but definitely not least tip is an essential dorm-room supply that every college student needs. It’s the envelope that Paige put in the First Aid Kit with the headline “For emergencies that haven’t been addressed.”
Inside the envelope is a note that reads, “I’m here for you. Just a call away. 💗”
With all that plus an Amazon Prime account, your student is college ready!
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