Here’s our best advice: Portability is the word!
1. It will be your inclination to buy inexpensive items that you won’t have to feel bad about if they break or disappear. That’s a fine perspective for some items but when it comes to storage, especially storage furniture, it would be helpful if you can easily take it apart and put it together time and time again like, for four years. Look for sturdy connecting hardware and quality material. When dorm days are done, it will move to his/her first apartment.
2. Buy items that are compact when they break down, so they can easily fit in the family wagon -along with everything else you’ll have to transport. Laundry hampers can be collapsible, for instance.
3. Watch the weight! It can be a long walk to the dorm room from the car; be aware of how heavy things are.
4. Don’t over pack. Life on campus is casual and storage space is very limited. Pack like you are taking a trip. Pack for seasons and switch clothes out when they return home for the holidays. Choose clothes that are multi-purpose and match well. Taking a sweater that goes with only one pair of pants is probably not the best decision here.
5. Most schools have very strict guidelines for use of appliances in the room. Read these carefully so you don’t wind up owning an extra toaster.
6. Shoes…watch your teen’s current habits. They might own 30 pair but are only wearing 5. There is little room for a big shoe wardrobe in a dorm. There are many shoe storage options to fit your space needs. A shoe rack that collapses or expands will be the best bet here. Consider a hanging shoe bag that holds up to 10 pairs or an under-bed shoe bag that holds 12. If your teen is like ours, you may want to consider a basket that they can just toss everything into. The easier, the better for a teen.
7. Nearly all the clothes they take will be short hanging. Buy a closet doubler that requires no tools to install to instantly increase the available hanging space.
8. Because portability is the word, items like cups and silverware may disappear so don’t spend much money here. Choose cups and bowls that stack and nest tightly. Not only will they be easier to store, they’ll pack better. Melamine is lightweight and indestructible but often can’t be put in the microwave. Read the back. A product like Corelle would be a better choice.
9. If your teen will be in an apartment or quad that allows cooking, look for multipurpose tools and cooking implements that collapse. We have put a focus on those products in our kitchen category.
10. And finally, remember that college is an adventure. It’s tough to know EVERYTHING they may need. That’s why we have our online store and Fedex! So relax and enjoy the trip!