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This is an idea for a going away gift for anyone going to college. My neighbors daughter is leaving for college and I wanted to give her something special to take with her. I found a very nice small vintage looking suitcase at an estate sale. I have had such fun filling it with inexpensive necessities and I am really proud of myself at how thrifty I have been.
Items included in the suitcase are, cookies, instant ramen noodle soups, instant hot chocolate, a pretty mug, again purchased at a estate sale. Pencils, pens, highlighters, a dayplanner, a phone card which was a buy one get one free at Walgreens drug store, a pretty package of notecards and a book of stamps. Gifts do not have to be expensive to be a blessing! All of the items I have purchased at estate sales, or at a very good sale price!
By Bobbie G from Rockwall
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Hey folks, it's getting close to time to start sending kids back to college or off to college for the first time. Do you have any ideas for a college survival kit?
I make up gift baskets and sell them and one of the ideas I use is as follows:
Hope this helps!
Last fall was my first semester as a non-traditional college student. Here are the things that many of my classmates complained about not having:
A roll of quarters is $10 -- quarters will be needed for vending machines, parking meters, etc. How will the student be getting from the dorm to the classes? If he/she is riding a bike, a nice quality bike lock will be a pleasant surprise. If walking, how about a collapsible umbrella? When my nephew went to college, his biggest complaint was that the toilet paper in the communal dorm bathroom was like sandpaper -- the most-appreciated survival item was name-brand, soft tp!!!! (08/17/2004)
By Becki in Indiana
Quarters (for laundry), tea, chocolate chips, candy, multi-tool thing (or wrench), sewing kit, duct tape, first aid kit (or just band-aids), peanut butter, ramen, earplugs, eyeshades, condoms. (12/19/2004)
Medicine! Send lots and lots of medicine! (04/10/2005)
By Jennifer D.
Bring extra sheets.
In a bunkbed in a dorm situation, you can drape sheets from the top bunk down the sides and foot and head to make a privacy cave. A cave for the top bunk can be made from dark colored sheets by hanging from the ceiling using deeper thumb tacks (tack into ceiling) or ceiling hooks (screw into ceiling and hook sheet to that.)
This cave also keeps you warmer in the winter, or fall when the cold weather comes but they have not turned the boilers on yet.
By Chuck R.
This is my first year as a college student and where I am at it is an apartment style dorm with 3 roommates. The thing we use most are:
Shower Shoes! Very important (05/29/2006)
Gas cards are nice if they have a vehicle. (07/08/2006)
I'm going to be a college sophomore and I'm making a "survival kit" for a friend who's going to be a freshman. This is what I'm putting in it:
Medicine is a must! As a freshmen I have bought tums, cold medicine, pepto, cough drops, nasal spray, and lots of others! quarters for dorm college students is a necessity. Sending regular mail like the local newspaper or a short note from the family is nice during the semester. (01/08/2007)