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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 that will help ease the transition to college for your kids and your transition to an empty nest.

Back to College: The Essential Guide


Shopping for the Dorm Room, Apartment, Textbook, and Other College Essentials:


 Whether you are off to college for the first time or are a veteran, you will have some shopping to do to prepare your dorm room or apartment for the new year. Print out FREE checklists for the dorm or new apartment below:

College Dorm Room Checklist.

New Apartment Checklist

Melanie of Parenting High Schoolers shares her Top Ten Dorm Items and also a list of Backpack Essentials.

And be sure to read How to Get the Best Deals on Textbooks and College Essentials for the skinny on how to get the best deals on textbooks and everything else on your list.



Packing and Surviving Move In Day:

After you have bought all of your stuff, you will need to pack it up and move it to school. Read about how to pack it all up, 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

Another post to check out is Tips for a Great College Move In by Dana E. Baker of Parenting in Real Life.



College Parent Tips:


What if your college student gets sick? Whether it is a minor injury or a medical emergency, these posts will get you prepared. 

Every student needs a small first aid kit in their room. This post will tell you how to make one:

How to Make The Best First Aid Kit for College

Unfortunately they may also need more than a first aid kit. Read about our experience when our son needed the emergency room and surgery at 3:30 on a Sunday morning while away at school in What to Do if Your College Student Has a Medical Emergency.



Care Packages:


While your college kid is away, be sure to send them plenty of care packages. Get tons of ideas from this list.

Care Package Ideas

Adjusting to the Empty Nest:

Do you need a great book about adjusting to the empty nest? Read my review of From Mom to Me Again.

Shannon Hale of Skip to My Life shares her empty nest experience is The Story Behind Skip to My Life.

Miranda Lamb of The Reluctant Cowgirl gives her tips for Coping When the Kids Leave Home.

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.


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