What are the must items for college students in 2011?

When I went to college in 1990, the must-have items included a cute shower pail for the communal bathroom, a Velcro shower wrap from Victoria’s Secret, a cute comforter and some extra-long sheets.  (Why are the dorm beds all extra long?)

We didn’t bring a computer or phone – cell or otherwise. I do think I brought an electric typewriter.  (Do dorms even bother with landlines anymore?)

My sister-in-law is heading off to Florida State University this fall and she will be taking an Apple laptop, an iPad and a cell phone. I am so worried about her laptop and iPad being stolen. Can you put a LoJack on those things? How do you protect those items in a dorm room? Heavy safe in the closet?

What are the must-haves for college now and how do you protect your expensive electronics from being stolen – not necessarily by intruders but even by roommates and their friends? Is that a concern?

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August 12th, 2011
7:35 pm

You are welcome KimZ’sPackage, I agree statistics most often can be used to prove or disprove any point.

And like I said originally, I’m not purporting the study as fact but I still found it interesting.


August 12th, 2011
7:42 pm

justmy2cents….population control? Obviously you’ve never dealt with a smart, loving, caring individual that finds themself in a downward spiral of depression with absolutley no understanding of why or sound reason for planning their own death and sleeping with knives under their pillows.


August 12th, 2011
8:46 pm


I would be OK with a “fair” draft, however our corrupt politicians, long ago, proved that they are only capable of corruption, when it comes to fighting their political wars…and a lot of other stuff. I have NO faith in trusting these reptiles with my kid’s service to our country. In a perfect world, everybody serves, but the past tries to show us tomorrow.We just need to listen, and learn NOT to trust the politicians. They will, and have, betrayed us.


August 13th, 2011
7:52 pm

There is nothing more honorable to me than choosing to serve our military, but I believe in people choosing to do with their lives what they want.

I no more think the government should be able to tell a young man that he must be a soldier anymore than I think the gornement should be able to tell a young man that he must a plumber or a doctor.


August 13th, 2011
7:53 pm

Wow. That was some bad spelling….Not quite as bad as me misspelling my handle all day yesterday….but still pretty bad.

mom of 3

August 14th, 2011
12:02 pm

The desire to learn and family members that won’t bail them out of the mistakes they make the next 4 years. Let them be adults.


August 14th, 2011
12:07 pm

Really, KimZ’sPackage? As someone who is actually in college let me tell you about how your idea is just completely idiotic there. Scholarships are competitive things, especially a full ride. I was going to get one from a school I had absolutely no interest in attending because it was 6 hours from home and I had not seen it. No way. This is one of those first instances in life where you get to make a choice and the best one is choosing the school for you. If you’re a great student at your high school but end up not at the top for some great college, you might not get all the money you need. Does that mean you deserve to have to delay your time with skills and “responsibility?” No. Try to think about things from the perspectives of people are you are talking about next time. Not everyone going into college thinks it’s just a way to finally break free and party like crazy.

On the actual topic, those Purex washer/dryer sheets are seriously a must, not only because they are simple but because they take up so little space compared to a big bottle.


August 14th, 2011
2:41 pm


August 15th, 2011
12:47 am

A flask, roofies, and a case of condoms.


August 16th, 2011
10:43 am

@Amanda: Money is fluid. Choosing your school is a combination of factors and unfortunately, for most people, that means considering the money. It was YOUR choice to eschew a full ride because of distance (six hours is not that much, in all honesty). Your comment, “not getting all the money you need” is a bit deceptive — you create the need when you choose the school, so yes, that money is completely under your control. You COULD choose to go to the school where you get a free ride, or go to a community college where the expenses are far less, etc. If you choose a choice that is beyond your means financially, then yep, you’re probably going to have to compromise in some other area — loans, or delay while you earn the money. It’s not a question of “deserving” – it is a question of accepting the consequences of your choices.

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