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“Ultimate College Dorm Checklist: Everything You Need to Bring to Your New Home Away From Home”

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Welcome to the Parent Game’s guide to college dorm room essentials! As seasoned parents who have been through the college move-in process more times than we can count, we have learned a thing or two about what your student really needs to bring to their new home away from home.

First things first, we all know that college students are notorious for putting off packing until the last minute. So, do them a favor and make sure they have all the essentials ready to go before they leave for school. Trust us, they will thank you later when they realize they don’t have to make a Target run on move-in day.

Let’s start with the basics. Every college student needs bedding, towels, and toiletries. Make sure your child has at least two sets of sheets (trust us, they won’t be doing laundry as often as they should), a cozy comforter, a few fluffy towels, and all the toiletries they need to stay fresh and clean.

Next up, storage solutions. College dorm rooms are notoriously small, so it’s important to maximize every inch of space. Invest in some under-bed storage bins, over-the-door organizers, and closet organizers to help your student keep their room neat and tidy.

Of course, no college dorm room is complete without some fun decor. Help your student personalize their space with pictures, posters, and other decorations that reflect their personality.

Lastly, don’t forget technology essentials. Your student will need a reliable laptop, a phone charger, and maybe even a mini-fridge for late-night snacks.

And there you have it, the Parent Game’s guide to college dorm room essentials. With these items in tow, your student will be well-equipped to tackle whatever challenges come their way during their first year of college. Happy packing!

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