When I went off to Beloit College as a freshman back in the 1970's, I shipped a trunk of clothing and bedding ahead. I flew to Chicago . . . alone. I took a cab to the Greyhound bus station, then hopped the bus to Beloit, Wisconsin, and walked up the hill to campus with my typewriter in hand and a backpack strapped to my back. Safely ensconced in Whitney Hall, there was a pay phone in the hall, a tv in the downstairs lounge, and the big innovation was the keycard -- a liberating electronic key that broke the old "parietals" system and allowed you to come and go in and out of your dorm at any hour instead of having a Proctor let you in. My dorm was co-ed by floor - this was considered very liberal.
Hey, I'm no virgin. And I sent a child to college 6 years ago, so there are no stars in my eyes. Admittedly, this child was a boy, so the coordinated comforter/towel/rug/curtain thing didn't apply. I know that times have changed. But now I am sending his brother to the same college, and excuuuze me, but I think the packing list has lost its mind. My kid is going to George Washington University, in Washington, DC. It's a major metropolis, and they have EVERYTHING he needs in the goddam CVS drugstore, which is part of his G-World "swipe" system -- Eat, Study, Consume.
Below is a major Helicopter Mom's (Southern version, to be sure) packing list for UGA (University of Georgia) freshmen. OK, OK, I bought some stuff for my kid -- the only things he specifically asked for were French Press Coffee Maker (IKEA 4.99) and an "egg crate" (foam mattress protector) to make the bed more comfy. I bought him some extras that make me happy, like over-the-door hooks, towels and multi-plug surge protectors, and new XL sheets, comforter cover, but nothing like this insane list:
1. Moving cart- beg , borrow or steal one- you will need this.
2. Desk lamp( can’t be halogen)
3. Small microwave or refrigerator (or order email@example.com
4. Rug- optional since room is carpeted
6. Xbox for games and dvd’s
7. Multi plug with self contained surge protectors
8. Extension cords ( extra long for tv)and Ethernet cable/ cord
9. Dust buster- maids will not clean their carpets if there is stuff on the floor. There will always be stuff on the floor.
10. Desk chair- Container Store/ Target=bungee light weight chair can also be used for gaming and TV
11. Large trash can- boys never take out trash. Room comes with a small one and there is one in the bathroom.
12.Fan/air purifier-optional but Brian asked for one and I had it sent from Sharper Image.
13.Bed risers- This is the only way you can lift bed to fit stuff underneath. They will sell them on moving day or buy them at container store/bbb
14. Mattress Pads/allergy liners. I got mine at Costco.
15.board for outside dorm room-optional not sure if boys use this or not will need marker and erasers
16.mirrors- this may not be necessary since there is one in bathroom. Need to check and see if there is one over their sink in their rooms. They might like a full length mirror but I am not sure where they would put it.
17.doublet closet doubler from Container Store. If they put their bureau in their closet they will need this.
18.underbed storage boxers/containers- Container Store
19.reading light and alarm clock. Most kids use their cell phones but if phone is lost or not charged it’s a nice back up.( or if you have a deep sleeper)
20.-(2 )sets of regular twin sheets, pillow cases, comforter, 2 pillows (backrest optional)
21.blackout shade and tension rod(36’’)-optional but blinds break and if they are on the sunny side of Granville- it is bright.
1. Shower curtain-optional since Granville provides liner.( I have a shower curtain they can use)
2. Bath mat- one that can go in washer/dryer ( ditto I have this also)
3. Towel rack for door ( may not be necessary since picture shows a rack not sure if every room has one)
4. Extra toilet paper
5. (3)Towels, wash cloths (1)beach towel
6. Liquid soap
UGA calendar- at bookstore with important dates included.
Printer cartridges and paper
Stationary, stamps, addresses
Files- important numbers, credit card, insurance, copies of everything in their wallet..they will lose it…passport… they will need it….
Command tape and hooks-container store/office depot
Calculator and batteries
Chargers for ipod, phone
Hanging file set
Pens, pencils, notebook paper, stapler, paper clips, note cards, scissors, hole puncher, highlighters, post it notes, tape and duct tape, white out
Dictionary and thesaurus from home
Receipt for book preorder- need to show to pick up books.
UGA maps, class list/schedule- high school calculus book? Summer reading book.
Tylenol, benedryl, Claritin, tums, vitamins first aid kit from target. ermergen c- whole foods, Zpac/amoxiclyin, Neosporin
Personal items and toiletries
Video games/poker chips
Cooler and stadium chairs ( store underneath bed) I have 2 UGA chairs so Brett does not have to bring unless he wants more.
Tooth paste, tooth brush, shaving cream, razor, after shave, nail clippers , deodorant, brush, comb, hair dryer( winter)sunscreen, chap stick, mouth wash, goldbond, soap (dove moisturizing)
Grocery Store- move in day-location
Trash can liners (need size)
Water, Gatorade and Coke
Snacks ( let him pick these out- they will surprise you).
Can opener- you will forget this
Kleenex, tp, disinfectant wipes (probably the only cleaning supply they will use)
Laundry detergent and supplies ( quarters)- although laundrymen service is a luxury item we used for brian and will use again with drew. Drycleaning is extra. You can prepay on line by semester.
Boxers- (14) even with laundry service. On short weeks over fall holiday and thanksgiving there I s no pick up.
Shoes. Something comfortable since they have never really walked before and they will complain their feet hurt wearing their rainbows to class.
Rain jacket. 100% waterproof and breathable. Luxury item but worth it.
Tuxedo- optional now and may wait but they will need one in the spring. JBanks and men’s warehouse has good prices. Without a car its hard to get this in Athens.
Sports jacket, ties, dress slacks and shirts for cocktail parties.
Khaki pants, jeans, buttoned down shirts ( more than you think)
Fleece- most likely the only winter jacket they will wear . although it snowed several times last winter and they will need after Christmas to go bring back winter gear.
Sports equipment- tennis, bb, fb, golf, cleats, tennis shoes, bb shoes