While some college rituals were on hold during the peak of the pandemic, this fall many campuses are returning to something close to business as usual. That means that high school graduates everywhere are packing their new sheet sets, comforters, laptops and mini refrigerators in preparation for moving onto campuses and launching their college careers.
Whether parents are predicting a long, teary goodbye or a quick “See, ya!” as the door closes, a little bit of preparation will make settling in easier on students and their families. Here are a few tips to get college students started out on the right foot!
College cleaning supplies
It’s up to you and any roommates to keep your space clean. No matter how much of a neat freak you might be, accidents are bound to happen, and daily life does leave its mark. A multi-purpose cleaner can handle most of your needs – Amway Home™ L.O.C.™ Multi-purpose Wipes are super convenient. Keep a steady supply of those and paper towel and you can handle most messes.
UPPERCLASSMEN TIP: On move-in day, pack all cleaning products plus extra rags at the top of a box plus some Pursue™ Disinfectant Cleaner and make sure it’s the first thing you open. You’ll want to give your room a quick wipe-down before you make yourself at home.
Keeping valuables safe in college
If you were lucky enough to be showered with money and gifts after graduating from high school, you likely have a lot of brand new items to move in. A national survey showed that college students and their families planned to spend an average of $1,200 this year.
Take some basic steps to ensure your security. Get a high quality bike lock and laptop lock. And of course, always lock your room when you’re gone.
UPPERCLASSMEN TIP: If the worst does happen, your family’s homeowners insurance often covers items in an on-campus dorm – up to a limit. Make some calls to find out about yours.
College laundry: Tips for keeping it clean
You can wear your favorite t-shirt or new college sweatshirt for days on end without your parents nagging you to change. However, you also don’t have your parents there to do your laundry, and eventually it will need to be done.
Get yourself a laundry bag, basket or hamper – or maybe a combination of a bag and a collapsible basket on wheels – to help keep dirty clothes away from clean ones. Whatever will work best in your small space and help you get to and from the washing machines.
Pack laundry detergent and pre-wash stain treatment for sure. If you know what you’re doing in the laundry room, throw in the fabric softener and all-fabric bleach, too. Many of the Amway Home laundry products are recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Safer Choice Program for containing safer ingredients that don’t sacrifice quality or performance so you can be kind to the environment while you’re washing your clothes.
UPPERCLASSMEN TIP: Find out if your laundry facilities take coins or credit/debit cards and be prepared. Many new facilities have a smartphone app that will track the progress of your loads so you don’t have to guess when they’re done.
Pack for late night snacks
A mini-refrigerator and microwave are incredibly useful, will help stretch your food dollars and aid in dealing with midnight cravings – coordinate with your roommates to save money. Don’t forget unbreakable plates, cups and silverware. A few that are easily washed will help you get by and be better for the environment than a warehouse package of paper plates.
When it comes to other appliances, like electric kettles, coffee pots and hot pots, make sure you review your school’s policies on what is allowed. Open heating elements are often a no-no in today’s dorms – for good reason.
UPPERCLASSMEN TIP: Pack plenty of easy-to-grab snacks and drinks for move-in day. Your time will likely be limited and you will be hot, thirsty and hungry as you lug all the items from the vehicle to the room. A cooler of XS™ Energy Bars and Energy Drinks will be just what you need to finish unpacking that last load.
Communal bathrooms: How to survive
Whether you’re sharing a bathroom with suitemates or walking down the hall, a shower caddy will be useful. You can keep all your supplies in it and easily transport it to and from the bathroom. that way you won’t annoy others by leaving your items in communal spaces. A bathrobe makes the hallway trek a little easier, too, and don’t forget shower shoes.
UPPERCLASSMEN TIP: A bottle of body wash is far less messy than a bar of soap in your shower caddy and Satinique 2-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioner is a quick and simple way to keep your hair looking its best while cutting down on the number of bottles you lug back and forth.
What to bring to college: Final checklist
What else should your student think about bringing? Posters, pictures and other things will help make them feel at home but be sure to check rules for hanging items on the wall.
Electronic accoutrements: chargers, cords, power strips, surge protectors and cable ties to keep all the cords in order. Also thumb drives, battery packs, ink cartridges and noise canceling headphones. When deadlines near, these will be crucial.
A fan. While newer dorms and campus housing may be blessed with air conditioning, most older facilities are not, and window-units are not allowed.
A sewing kit and a first aid kit. As we said earlier, accidents happen.
And finally, an open mind, flexibility and sense of humor. Communal living will take some getting used to, but there will be comfort in the fact that you’re all facing the same challenges.
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