Did you ever wonder how kids grow up so fast? I mean, you seem to blink, and they are headed off to college. Now that I have been through it a few times so I can share the top 10 things your teenage son needs for the first year at college .
I love that Target (Links in this post go to my favorite products but I have no working relationship with Target) is close by, I can grab my favorite beverage and spend hours checking out the aisles AND trying not to buy everything I see.
One of my fears about sending my son out into the world at a college 3 hours away is that he wouldn’t have everything that he needs to be comfortable. So I thought I would help other parents’ with these same fears by sharing the items that you absolutely must get to send your teenage son off to his first year of college.
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Vitamins and Supplements
We all know that college kids don’t always have the best eating habits. So help them out by sending them out into the world with a good multivitamin and an immune booster. Always check with your physician first before adding any vitamins or supplements.
Hand weights have a dual purpose: they help stave off the “Freshman 15” and work as a doorstop. Great for meeting new friends in the dorm because they hold your door open.
Brita Water Bottle With Filter
My son is starting in the Summer, so that means it will still be crazy hot! He will be able to keep himself hydrated by always keeping his Brita Water Bottle with him. He will be able to fill it at any water station to have fresh, clean water.
Fans of ALL Varieties
The dorm where he is staying has no air conditioning, so it was suggested to have a box fan for the window, a high-powered fan for the desk, and a cooling tower fan. Combining these with hand weights holding open the door should help to alleviate the Summer heat.
A Good Mattress Topper
This is one area where I didn’t regret spending a little bit extra so that my son could have a good night’s sleep. If he sleeps, I guess. If he can’t be at home, I want him to at least have a comfortable bed.
Twin XL Sheets
These are easy to clean, and will easily fit on a mattress topper. And since they come in a variety of patterns, there is something for every teenage boy. Buying a second set to change weekly would be easy to get, if your college student would take the time.
We wanted to make sure that we had towels that were sturdy and easy to clean. These Performance Solid Bath Towels are perfect for him. Plus, we were able to match his school colors. Again, buying a few extras for those days when your student “forgets” to do their laundry.
It is great for reading, studying, or just relaxing in your room. Or, in the case of teenage boys, a late night video game tournament. Whatever your son would use it for, it would be a great addition to his dorm room.
Plastic Baskets For Organizing
These decorative bins serve so many purposes and come in a great variety of sizes. Perfect for in the closet, on the desk, or under the bed. Organizers for the desk. And if they don’t use them for school supplies, they are a great place to store snacks and drinks.
Organizers For The Desk
I admit, my son is not always the neatest person. So this pencil cup and letter organizer should help with that. You could also have these letter trays for papers, too. In any case, your student will have no excuse not to stay organized.
So there are some great tips for things that you need to make your son’s first year at college a huge and, hopefully, successful year!
OTHER COLLEGE RESOURCES
- BESTEK Power Outlet Strips, 4 USB Ports Desktop Charging Station with 6-Outlet 15A 125V, 6 Ft Extension Cord,
- Haundry Mesh Shower Caddy Tote,Portable College Dorm Bathroom Tote
- College First Aid Medical Kit
- The Freshman Survival Guide
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- 100+ Ways To Pay For College Without Taking Out A Loan