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As we prepare for the fall semester, students are also preparing……preparing to come to campus, move into dorms and apartments and begin a new semester. While moving to campus and beginning new semester is extremely exciting, it can also be a bit stressful and overwhelming. Students often question what items to bring with them. Some will be simply moving across town. Returning home to pick up forgotten items will be easy. However, others will be traveling by car or plane long distances to campuses where they will be living for several months before returning home. Packing items in suitcases may limit items they are able to pack. Forgetting essential items or not having room to pack necessary items can also lead to discomfort and distress. However, there is a simple solution – AMAZON! Amazon offers students and parents and easy and quick way have necessities delivered to campus. Amazon offers a convenient way to order school supplies, backpacks, books, and electronics such as computers, calculators, and flashdrives as well as so much more!
As a student, you can sign up for a free trial and discounts through merchants to receive benefits such as free sign up or a free trial period as well as reduced rates (ex. half off for a year membership). The benefits you receive will vary but include free shipping or extra discounts on items you wish to purchase. Most merchants will simply request that you provide an email address ending in .edu to verify that you are, in fact, a student.
Dorm Room Items
Decorating your dorm room is so much fun; however, it can be tricky to determine how to get all of the items to campus. You may also arrive and realize that you and your roommate have failed to bring an essential item that you need for your room. Things like small appliances, storage and organization items, shelves, electronics, and furniture that may make dorm room or apartment living a bit more comfortable can be ordered and delivered.
- 3 in 1 multifunction breakfast center
- coffee pots
- desk lamps
- desk chairs
- book shelves
- bedding and towels
- mattress topper
- laundry baskets
- shower caddies
- waste baskets
- picture frames
- poster putty
- extension cords
- plates, cups, bowls, water bottles, utensils
- bed risers
…can be ordered and delivered to students on campus. Most items will be delivered to a central location like a mail center unless you are living in an apartment, so make sure you are familiar with mail delivery policies on your campus. Tracking your package and checking delivery status is also important.
Tip for Parents: Is your student traveling far away from home? It is tough to pack large items when students are traveling to school by plane or even large distances by car. Shipping dorm room essentials like bedding, refrigerators and other small appliances, decorations, storage bins, and cleaning supplies can ensure that they have what they need away from home. You can do a quick search for “college essentials” and find everything your student will need (as well as items you did not realize he/she needed but now after reviewing them, know he/she must have)!
In addition to dorm room essentials, you may also need groceries. Snacks in your dorm room are a must. Or perhaps, you are living in an apartment and have access to a kitchen. Stocking your refrigerator and pantry with some healthy food is essential. Did you know that there are many grocery stores and retailers that allow customers to order groceries and have them delivered. A quick Internet search including the keywords “grocery shopping and delivery” or “grocery delivery service” will reveal stores in your area that provide this service. In addition, there are several merchants online who offer a large variety of grocery and home items, which can be conveniently ordered and delivered. You can order food, drinks, healthy snacks, and toiletries such as toothpaste, tooth brushes, shampoos, etc, laundry detergent, household items like toilet paper or paper towels. The list is endless. This type of service is great for college students who do not have access to a car or transportation that allows for convenient grocery shopping. Rather than carrying bags of groceries long distances from the grocery store back to your room, you can order groceries and have them delivered.
Tip for Parents: This is a great way to support your college student. Send them groceries periodically throughout the semester. This ensures that they are eating and that your money is being used on food and not other things that your student deems more important. In addition, your student can create wish lists through many of these merchants that you can see. This makes shopping easy. You can order directly from their lists, only getting things that they need and will use.
Parents – Ship It Today
Did your student forget an important item? You can order it directly from a merchant and have it shipped to campus TODAY.
Tip for Parents: Nothing is worse than when your child is sick and you are too far away to help. Now you can! Order cold medicine, aspirin, cough drops, tissues, chicken noodle soup, crackers, ginger ale, Vicks VapoRub, a humidifier. Have the items delivered to campus with ease! Items will arrive and your student will be on the road to recovery.
Regardless, of your plan, make move-in a bit easier by using some of the services that are available. This helps to ensure a stress-free, easy move-in so that you can enjoy meeting new friends and getting ready for classes to begin.
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