Packing Up – College Bound Essentials

Fall hasn’t quite been in the air yet but it and all the back to school preparations have hit high gear in our household. Things are a bit more intense this year because we are sending our oldest daughter off to college for the first time.

My daughter is agonizing over how much of her wardrobe she will need or even want (depending on the day she wants it all or hates it all). Meanwhile, I have been assembling an array of must have toiletries and essentials. If I left it to her all would be well for, I’m betting, a week then she would realize she’d need to walk over a mile to find something that seems ‘crucial.’ I don’t think she’d be like that one of my dorm-mates IMG_4342who ran out of shampoo about a month into college and decided maybe it could be optional for the rest of the semester. Yuck! Nor would she be like another college friend who never did laundry the whole semester. The giant pile of laundry just grew and grew. She had a lot of clothes, borrowed some near the end of the semester and she just kept buying more underwear at the drugstore! I’m fairly confident in my daughter’s grooming habits and I taught her how to do laundry years ago but, I would rather have her focused on assembling all the right books, adjusting to her classes and a new roommate rather than assembling an array of essentials. At least in this one area I think I can make her adjustment just a little easier if she has all her essentials on hand when she needs them.

I’ve assembled, laundry detergent, shampoo, soap, conditioner, sunscreen, toothpaste, deodorant, floss, a IMG_4345couple spare toothbrushes and her favorite Schick razors. I also grabbed a shower caddy and flip-flops for all those trips down the hall for a shower.

I have a distinct recollection of wasting money on overpriced shampoo at my college bookstore that seemed to only tangle my hair disasterously simply because it was the closest option the first week of my freshman year. Little did I know, several months hence I’d be trudging through the snow to a try and track down razors and other essentials not carried at the bookstore. I’d like to help my daughter avoid that kind of situation so she can feel confident and fresh when she walks out the door each day. If there is a way, she can focus on all the other new things around her I’d like to give her that opportunity.

IMG_4341I’m taking advantage of some great deals like this great buy one get one for Schick razors to load up on more than one of everything. I’m already planning a late semester care package to that resupplies my daughter with the same essentials.

I’m thinking I should add in a first aid kit too. What else do you recommend as back to college must have’s?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Schick®. The opinions and text are all mine.

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