You have been nurturing, coaching, teaching and preparing your child for this pivotal moment. The grand entry into adulthood. College. It is a big transition for everyone and moving this big, new life into a tiny space can be challenging!
I wanted a one stop shop to make this process easy, affordable and comfortable. I found exactly what I wanted at Bed Bath and Beyond. They offer a FREE in store service called, Pack & Hold®. This service helps students easily get their stuff to college and is especially beneficial for those attending a school that is distant from home. Students can select dorm room essentials at their home store and then have everything ready to pick up for purchase at a store near campus for FREE! Here are some items from BB&B to help make this move fun, easy and stress free.
The “Campus Collection” bedding comes in a variety of colors and patterns to match any personality, style or decor. It is designed to fit the extra long beds often found in dorm rooms. For a great price, you get quality products that are durable and easy to wash.
For your closet, a Studio 3B 6-Shelf Sweater Organizer is fantastic. It fits right over your closet rod and you can pack it with much more than sweaters. It also has pockets on the side for accessories and other personal items.
School meal programs are often buffet style, so take extra food back to your room in storage containers and store them in a mini fridge.
Instead of overpriced coffee, use this little Keurig. It comes in a variety of colors and is the perfect petite size for a dorm room.
The Novelty Laundry Bags are great way to keep your laundry tied up until laundry day. They also make it easy to carry.
This Pop-Up Flip Hamper is also great. You can use it as a hamper in your room, then zip it and carry it on laundry day. When laundry is clean and folded, pack it back into the hamper to carry back.
Flip flops, shower caddies and these Dri Soft Towels are a must. These towels come in varied colors and dry ultra fast so they are easier to store in your dorm room.
What to wear?
College gear* of course! These students will be attending WVU and Virginia Tech. For our lady, I found University Girls Apparel at ugapparel.com. They have a wide variety of accessories, tops, jackets and even dresses. This is definitely the place to shop for the female student or fan.
Campus Emporium in Blacksburg, VA is the best place to go for your Virginia Tech gear. You can also visit them online. They have clothing, decor, accessories and more!
*Our female model is wearing WVU apparel from “University Girls Apparel.” Our male model is wearing Virginia Tech apparel from “Campus Emporium.”
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Lindee Katdare is the Chief Artist/Designer for “The Lindee Tree.” She teaches vegetarian cooking classes at the Roanoke Natural Foods Co-Op, designs numerous art events in the Roanoke Valley and is passionate about re-purposing and up-cycling items. You can also catch her hosting “Living with Lindee” every Tuesday on NBC, WSLS 10 “Daytime Blue Ridge.”