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Old 07-24-2013, 04:28 PM   #46
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My son will be a sophomore, and is going to be an RA in a suite style dorm. He will have his own room, share a bathroom with one person, and then have a living room and kitchen (with full size fridge, sink, and microwave) to share with three suite mates.

His must have for this year is a comfy chair for his room, he wants one from IKEA.

The mattress pads are needed. He did not want one last year, but ended up buying one after a month.

Another important thing he needed was flip flops to wear while in the shower. The floor was quite nasty, so it helped him. He also made big use of his shower caddy.
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Old 07-24-2013, 04:37 PM   #47
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Lastly, if there is room, a small cube trunk is a nice thing to have. It can be used to lock up valuable electronics in an unobtrusive way, and it functions as useful guest seating. (If the rooms have locking closets this isn't needed so much, but lately I've been seeing newer dorm room layouts that include no closets at all; just a curtained-off hanging bar for clothes.)
If there's no room for a small cube trunk, I got a locking toolbox from Home Depot for DD's flute & other valuebles. Used a bike cable & lock to secure it to the underside of her bed.
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Old 07-24-2013, 05:04 PM   #48
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Good point. In a similar vein, any suggestions for what they can do with sweaty shorts/shirts after running, playing sports, etc. They're pretty odoriferous so just throwing them in the dirty clothes hamper is not a good solution for him or his roommate lol. At home they dry out in the basement bathroom that no one uses - until they are laundered. Guess he could have a separate laundry hamper for them but smell is still an issue, especially in these small dorm rooms
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Ooh, tough one. The first thing that comes to mind is an old-fashioned diaper pail, LOL -- a bucket full of soapy water to drop them in so that the smell doesn't spread. That probably wouldn't work well for a dorm, though, so what else could you try?

I think maybe you might try activated charcoal. You can get big mesh sacks of it on hangers at hardware stores (they are about the size of a gallon Ziploc). Maybe put one of them in the hamper hanging on the edge, or in a pocket at the top of the hamper? (Might require adding a mesh pocket to the hamper to hold it, but if it's buried at the bottom it probably wouldn't work.) I'd give it a try at home first and see if it works.

PS: The toolbox is a great idea. The only catch I can see is finding one that is wide/deep enough to hold a laptop.
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Old 07-24-2013, 05:21 PM   #49
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I saw a fridge today that I just had to buy for dd. It's a retro look green dorm fridge. So cute! I made sure I can return it if she gets assigned a roommate and the girl already has one. I hope I don't have to.
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Old 07-28-2013, 10:55 PM   #50
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Pillows !!

Asked DfosterS if he got pillows when he ordered his bedding from BBBeyond. Um, nope, didn't think about it. Well, he does have a few throw pillows.

So now we are discussing the type of pillows. I told him that he needs to replace them every 6 months and get an allergen cover for them.

DS has his pillows and cover. So funny since they were both making their shopping lists together. But like I said before, one traditional dorm and one apartment, so it's different.

We also got school supplies...paper, notebooks, printer ink, printer paper, pens, highlighters.
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Old 07-29-2013, 12:08 AM   #51
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Adding a couple of things to consider...

a tool kit (just a cheapo one from Menards). My DD who will be a sophomore next year, LOVED having it.

And do all of your schools have desk chairs? My DD's school did not provide those.

And - don't forget to pack some of their most frequently used o-t-c products (advil, band-aids, etc.)

My DD has been working on campus this summer, and due to her job, she stayed in the dorms. I get to go help her move from the dorms to her sorority house in a few weeks. Trust me...I am afraid of what will need to be moved! Speaking of girls who overpack...
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:19 AM   #52
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Son will be a sophomore and three most used things
1. Door Stopper-to keep door open(helps air out the room too)
2. Band aids-
3. Imodium

will add that son used the command hooks for all kinds of things. He took several hats and used the extra strips to hang posters.
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:54 AM   #53
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am i so old, or hard core that when i went to college i took 1 pair of sheets and a comforter, and when they got dirty i washed them?
i taped my posters to the cinderblock walls
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:56 AM   #54
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Pillows !!

Asked DfosterS if he got pillows when he ordered his bedding from BBBeyond. Um, nope, didn't think about it. Well, he does have a few throw pillows.

So now we are discussing the type of pillows. I told him that he needs to replace them every 6 months and get an allergen cover for them.

DS has his pillows and cover. So funny since they were both making their shopping lists together. But like I said before, one traditional dorm and one apartment, so it's different.

We also got school supplies...paper, notebooks, printer ink, printer paper, pens, highlighters.
I'm so picky a out my pillows. I get on the floor of the store and try them out !!
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Old 07-29-2013, 11:12 AM   #55
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am i so old, or hard core that when i went to college i took 1 pair of sheets and a comforter, and when they got dirty i washed them?
i taped my posters to the cinderblock walls
It isn't that you're so old or hardcore, it is just that times have changed. I was talking to my mom about mattress toppers for the dorm bed and she wants me to spend a ton of money to get the absolute best topper for DD. I asked what they would have done if I complained that my bed was too hard and I needed a mattress topper (which I don't think existed in my day). She said my dad would have come up to my college, yanked the mattress off, and told me to sleep on the floor for a couple weeks and then tell him what "too hard" was. They would have never spent money on me to make my college bed more comfortable, but my mom thinks I should provide luxury accommodations for her granddaughter. Yep, times have changed!
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Old 07-29-2013, 11:17 AM   #56
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It isn't that you're so old or hardcore, it is just that times have changed. I was talking to my mom about mattress toppers for the dorm bed and she wants me to spend a ton of money to get the absolute best topper for DD. I asked what they would have done if I complained that my bed was too hard and I needed a mattress topper (which I don't think existed in my day). She said my dad would have come up to my college, yanked the mattress off, and told me to sleep on the floor for a couple weeks and then tell him what "too hard" was. They would have never spent money on me to make my college bed more comfortable, but my mom thinks I should provide luxury accommodations for her granddaughter. Yep, times have changed!
no kidding, i'm 5' 11.5"tall, not huge, the beds were made for the average height of 5'7" in my dorm, now granted i'm almost 39, but almost no one in my dorm had their own phone, never mind a cell, and internet was dail-up

but there was pleanty of room for my guitars and beer, i seem to recall
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Old 07-29-2013, 02:59 PM   #57
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but there was pleanty of room for my guitars and beer, i seem to recall


Packed the guitar already along with extra strings!!

Campus is an alcohol free and smoke free zone.

They do have phone jacks in the room. Funny, when I went to visit college, it was incoming only on the floor in the hall. And then the coin pay phone. And why were those phones right outside of the shower??
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Old 08-08-2013, 04:27 PM   #58
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My DS is a college Senior this year and DD is a Junior...so we have been down this road a bit! The single best thing I have bought for them is this Twin topper from Costco! If they could only take one item to school, this would be it!! The twin size is fine on the Twin XL Mattress. Trust me parents, get this while it is on sale!

Also, for sheets and towels etc, try to think like colors because they will not be separating anything! I find one set of sheets, two bath towels and 4 wash clothes works well. If they have their own bathroom or 1/2 bath then add two hand towels.
What type of waterproof cover would work with this? I was hoping for one that i can zipper around original mattress too. The one that comes with it doesnt meet
These needs..... Any suggestions?
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Old 08-13-2013, 01:01 PM   #59
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Just giving this a little bump to say "thanks so much" for everything that's been discussed! DS moves into his dorm a week from Sunday and has bought next to nothing (he's a backpack for two weeks in Europe kind of kid, but still...). I put together a list based on all of your suggestions, so maybe he'll listen better to you than he does to me !

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Just giving this a little bump to say "thanks so much" for everything that's been discussed! DS moves into his dorm a week from Sunday and has bought next to nothing (he's a backpack for two weeks in Europe kind of kid, but still...). I put together a list based on all of your suggestions, so maybe he'll listen better to you than he does to me !

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Good luck. I think we are just about done with all we are going to do. I'm just picking up last-minute stuff as I think of it (like is hair pomade and medications). I ordered a laptop lock the other day (I'm sure it will go unused).

Now we just have to get it all packed up and head out on Wednesday!!! I'm pretty excited, although worn out!! I had to move my DD (she's a senior at another college) back up to her house yesterday. The movers I hired didn't show so it was me, my friend, and my DD moving mattresses, dressers, a desk, and all sorts of stuff.
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