Send your son off to college in style with this essential dorm checklist.
College is one of life’s most exciting chapters. Be prepared for all situations and occasions with necessities that bring some of Mom’s tender love and care along for the journey. Here are some checklist essentials for making a Southern boy's dorm room the ultimate home away from home.
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1. Bed Risers
Clutter makes even the largest of dorm rooms feel cramped. Bed risers allow for an out-of-sight storage area so you’ll have more space for living and hanging out with friends.
2. Stain-Remover Pen
Stains are inevitable, but arriving to class with the dining hall’s daily special on your shirt won’t make the best impression on new professors or classmates. Keep a stain-remover pen handy in your backpack to erase any accidental spills.
3. Laundry Hamper
Finding clean clothes becomes a challenge when your wardrobe is strewn about your room. Stash dirty laundry in a hamper, which doubles as a convenient way to carry clothes to and from the laundry room.
Invest in a pair of noise-cancelling headphones for study sessions in the library or for blocking out a noisy roommate in the wee hours.
5. Wrinkle-Remover Spray
Because ironing probably won’t be at the top of a college freshman’s to-do list, wrinkle-remover spray provides a quick-fix solution to crinkled clothes. Just because you’re rolling out of bed 10 minutes before class doesn’t mean you have to look like it.
6. Business Casual Attire
Interviews, semi-formals, or networking events could pop up at a moment’s notice. Keeping a suit in your closet takes the worry off finding an appropriate outfit and instead focusing on putting your best foot forward for formal occasions.
7. Sporting Equipment
Recreational activities are a great way to make new friends. Meet your buddies on the tennis court for a doubles match or play a pick-up soccer game outside of your dorm in-between classes.
8. Adhesive Hooks
Most dorms prohibit nailing anything into the walls. Adhesive hooks are an easy, damage-free way for hanging jackets, towels, or hats.
9. Game Day Colors
Saturdays in the South are spent rooting for your favorite team. Show your spirit from the tailgate to the stadium by dressing in your school’s colors.
10. Posters and Photos
Decorating your walls with posters of your favorite sports teams, musicians, and more will show off your personality to new classmates. Don’t forget to bring along a framed family photo as a reminder to call home every now and then.