• 5 Things to Send to School With Your College Freshman

There may be some basic items you are forgetting to send with your college bound freshman!

Going away to college is a momentous occasion for student and parent alike. Schools are great at providing lots of information for incoming students...so much information that your eyes may start crossing after a while. Items like school supplies, computer, phone, bedding, storage, decor and toiletries are musts, but there are a few things you may not have considered...

1. A Laundry Bag

Whether your kid did laundry at home or not, washing clothes at a laundromat may be a new experience. Having a way to transport clothes to and from the laundry will make life a lot easier.Also a great place to stow dirty clothes instead of throwing "at" a closet or on the floor.

Tip: Keep a fabric softener sheet in the bag to reduce odors.This works for shoes too! 

For the girls... Personalzed Striped Laundry Hamper  For the guys... 

2. A First Aid Kit

All schools have a student medical center and most dorms have first aid supplies, but a first aid kit that can be tucked away in a dorm room or in a back pack will come in handy more times than you think. Besides the basics, add items that are personal to your student (eye drops, contact case & wetting solution, antihistamine, wax for braces...you get the idea.)

Tip: If the new school is in the South or on the West Coast, you might consider adding some insect repellent, sunscreen and aloe gel.

3. A Sewing Kit

You know it is going to happen...a button gets lost, a hook comes loose, a hem comes undone, a small tear appears. Disaster! And guess who is not there to fix it? You. A well stocked mini sewing kit will save the day.

Tip: A mini roll of masking tape works well as a temporary hem fix.

4. A Tool Kit

Pictures will need to be hung and/or moved. Furnishings will need to be assembled. Something, a some time, will need to be repaired. A basic tool kit will come in handy...and will be a magnet for making new friends when others realize they need tools too!

Tip: Be sure to add a flashlight and batteries.

Here is a tool kit that doesn't look like a tool kit. Perfect for the trendy girl.

Tiffany's Tools

5. A favorite "Warm and Fuzzy"

Okay, this may not seem like a basic...and your "grown up" kid may balk at the idea, but there will be times when your "baby" will get homesick, or just have the "blues". Nothing says home, safety and comfort than a beloved stuffed animal, a favorite blanket, or some special family item. Go ahead, sneak it in when they aren't looking. They will thank you later.

Tip: A coffee mug that is usually "yours" at home may be just the right thing. 

 These are just a few ideas. Do you have more you can add to my list? Let me know!




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