Back to College: The Essential Guide

 

It's almost here. Almost time to make the trek to college. From dorm and textbook shopping to planning for medical care away from home, it seems that there is more to do than there is time, so we better start planning. Back to College: The Essential Guide will give you all the information you need to pick a meal plan, pack, and survive move in day without spending more than necessary. Also check out the posts and books that will help ease the transition to college for your kids and your transition to an empty nest.

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Back to College: The Essential Guide

 

The transition to college will have a few bumps along the way, (like what if a roommate insists on walking around the room naked?!?), but knowing how to handle some of those situations before they arise will keep you and your student calm. Pick up these the two books in this post. There is one for the student and one for the parents.

The Best College Prep Books for Parents and Students

 

Is it time to shop for the dorm? Print out a FREE shopping list.

 College Dorm Room Checklist.

 

College costs enough. Don't overspend on textbooks and other college essentials. These posts will give you the skinny on all the costs and how to get the best deals.

How to Get the Best Deals on Textbooks and College Essentials

The Real Cost of a College Meal Plan

 

Packing all of the stuff and moving in can be a challenge. Read about how to pack it all up and get it there and how to survive move-in day.

How to Pack for the Move to College

Parent Survival Kit for College Drop Off

 

What if your college student gets sick? Whether it is a minor injury or a medical emergency, these posts will get you prepared. Learn about our experience when our son needed the emergency room (and surgery) at 3:30 on a Sunday morning.

How to Make The Best First Aid Kit for College

What to Do If Your College Student Has a Medical Emergency

 

College kids love care packages and snail mail is an extra-special way to receive them. Get tons of ideas from these posts.

Care Package Ideas

Halloween Care Package Party

Finals Care Package

First Apartment Care Package

 

Do you need a great book about adjusting to the empty nest? Read my review of From Mom to Me AgainI also share my list of things I want to do before I turn 50. I hope it will help you make your own list of things to learn, accomplish, and experience in this new stage.

From Mom to Me Again

50 by 50: 50 Things to Learn, Accomplish, and Experience Before I Turn 50

 

No one ever said moving to college would be easy for the student or the parent. Thankfully we can help each other along by sharing our information and experiences. Share your best advice in the comments below to help other parents as they read Back to College: The Essential Guide.

 

Photo credit:  Laura Dennis

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