When sending your child off to camp or college for the first time it can be difficult – kids want to feel like grown-ups and parents may not be quite ready to let go. As a consequence it can get stressful and simple things like gathering the necessary college or camp dorm needs become a battle of epic proportions. It does not have to be this way and there are many great ways to makes the transition from home to camp or college an enjoyable experience for all involved.
Start with planning and preparation – often when you have a plan it is easier to execute it and you can feel good about crossing things off the list or accomplishing specific tasks. While most camps and schools provide checklists, it’s a good idea to look online at the major bed and bath store websites – most feature digital college and camp checklists that are easy and fun to use. With a digital list you can use social media and email to communicate and coordinate every step of the way.
Since bed and bath are typically the key areas of concern after clothing, it’s important to know in advance what the bathing facilities will be like – if the shared shower is down the hall then the needs are very different than what would be required for an en suite bathroom. A grooming or shower kit or similar type of vessel to sit on sinks and shower edges can be very useful to keep track of toiletries and grooming aids and help avoid clutter which may pose a trip and fall hazard. Monogrammed towels or towels in a distinctive print, pattern or color are another good idea.