It’s college move-in time. For many, this is the first
time they’ll be living away from home and moving into a smaller space. And it
might even be the first time to share a room—and a bathroom—with someone. But
with a roommate and limited space, your soon-to-be college student might be in
for a wake up call.
A college bedroom isn’t just a bedroom anymore- it’s a
kitchen, living room, dining room, and bedroom all in one space. So, you need
to figure out some new ways of doing things (and be a little creative in the
process). Here are some safe and easy problem solvers to prepare you and your
college student for dorm living.
your own first aid kit
Mom isn’t going to be there with band aids whenever you
need them. Putting together your own first aid kit is an inexpensive and simple
way to make sure you’re ready for any minor injuries or illnesses that may
arise. It’s also something many first time students forget. Pack a container with
bandages, cough drops, cold medicine, antiseptic wipes, pain reliever, cotton
balls, etc. You’ll be glad you have your first aid all in one place next time
something comes up.
If your room comes without air conditioning it can get
pretty hot, especially during the first few weeks. By hanging a damp towel in
front of your window, you can quickly cool down your room and keep the hot air
out. You can also put a frozen water bottle in front of a fan to help spread
cool air on the really warm days.
You want to decorate and make the dorm yours, but damages
come with fines. Using Washi tape is an
easy way to avoid ruining your walls and their paint job. This decorative tape
can be used to hang photos and posters without risking damages or to label
chargers and books. Command strips and hooks are also helpful for hanging
heavier art work or to act as organization for coats, towels and jewelry
it smelling nice
Candles are a big no-no in dorms. They can be a safety
hazard, and will set your fire alarm off nonstop. Don’t worry — there are easier
ways to keep your room smelling fresh and clean without annoying your floor mates!
Try putting a dryer sheet or car air freshener in front of your fan to freshen
up your space.
There’s definitely a lot to look forward to when you move
in. Remember, it’s always better to be over-prepared than under-prepared. And you
can never be too cautious about your own safety. Always keep your door locked and
follow the dorm’s instructions to ensure you have an awesome dorm experience and safe year.
And parents make sure your insurance coverage is up to
date if your student has a car for the first time or is making the move off campus to an
apartment rental. Contact
your ERIE agent to make sure your coverage is making the
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