10 Things You're Likely to Forget While Packing Your Kids For College
If you've ever dropped a child off at college, you've probably received your requisite "Mom, we forgot . . . " phone call within week one. While the campus bookstore's a lot more well-stocked than it was in our day, and plenty of kids have access to the family Amazon Prime account, we're still in favor of sending kids off to school as well-prepared as they can be. We'll leave the big-picture essentials to the pros (Bed Bath & Beyond has an awesome checklist), but there are a few not-so-exciting basics that are easy to forget when loading up the family car for that bittersweet first journey. Here, 10 things that you'll be glad you stocked up on.
Quarters For Laundry
See if you can get the scoop on how your teen's school's laundry room operates — many utilize cards that are preloaded with funds. But if your teen's college or university kicks it old-school, make sure they're stocked with plenty of quarters to operate the washer and dryer with. Source: Flickr user matthiasxc
Dorm laundry is often located in the basement of the building, and even if it's just down a long hallway, the less stuff your child has to schlep, the better. Tide Pods ($33/72) make it easy to throw a pod or two into the laundry basket, sparing them having to lug around a hefty container of liquid detergent. (And, if your kid's a laundry novice, be sure to give them a "cheat sheet" so that you don't end up having to replace their entire wardrobe after the first wash.)