Metro Man & Metro Home

By Patricia Wersinger

You are heading to college for the first time or you are a mom with a child who is taking off. What are some of the most essential items to take with you to create a comfortable home away from home? Here is a list of suggestions to help you (or your child) get settled in style.

Dorm bedding kit

Bedding is essential. Sheets, blankets and a nice comforter will make these first nights away from home less traumatic. I recommend you get a Dorm Bedding Kit by Down Linens. Especially designed for college students, it includes a down comforter, two pillows and a feather bed and is made out of 550 fill power white goose down with a 100% cotton cover. It is 100% hypoallergenic, super warm and soft. The feather bed is essential to soften any tough dorm bed mattress .The twin comforter measures 70’x 92’x 1’, the featherbed is 39’x75’x 2’ and the pillows are 22’x 26’. This beautiful set is also available in twin extra large. You will love the very reasonable price of this kit but if it is not within your budget, the down alternative makes a very attractive option. Available at http://www.downlinens.com.

Gaiam ball chair

Now that the bed is a cozy place to lie down, it’s time to make the desk a comfy place to sit. Opting for something like the Gaiam Classic Balance Ball Chair is a great idea because its ergonomic back support and spinal alignment will keep body aches away during those marathon study sessions. The removable, anti-burst, 52cm balance ball also doubles as a “Freshman 15” fighter, strengthening your core as you sit on it and helping you put the included desktop low-impact workout guide and stretching routine to work after a few too many frat parties. Available at http://www.gaiam.com.

A good hamper for keeping your laundry out of the way is an essential item to organize a college dorm. This functional but handsome 100% natural canvas Crunch Large Round Bin from Umbra with vinyl lining is hefty, measures 16” in diameter and 23 “ in height. Two long handles make it easy to carry around and it is available in Grey, Red and Surf Blue. It collapses to be stored away when not needed. In the same cool fabric, check the crunch totes for toiletries and crunch boxes to store cameras or other electronics safely. Available at http://www.umbra.com.

If you are going to college, you can plan on long hours of study. If you love a good espresso, cappuccino or latte but don’t want to break your bank at Starbucks, a Dolce-Gusto Circolo automatic coffee machine by Nescafe offers great possibilities. The hip-designed Circolo features 15 bars of pressure. All you need is a supply of capsules to create delicious special drinks in a wink. Adjust the custom control lever to adjust the strength of your brew and enjoy your espresso, latte, cappuccino or hot chocolate. Each cup comes to about one dollar. It is also a great item to have in your dorm to foster social gatherings. Available at www. dolce-gusto.com.

Mead botanical notebooks

If drab and boring school supplies are not your (or your child’s) thing, take a peek at Mead’s new collection for this fall. Fashionistas will love all the brisk patterns and lively surfaces on these notebooks.

Five Star locker board

To write notes in your locker and check your appearance quickly, this mirror/dry erase board with a storage pocket is really handy. It sticks on metal and is slam resistant. Available at http://www.meadfivestar.com. Check their website for notebook supplies and organizational items for your room and locker.

College is a new experience in a teen’s life. Going away from home for the first time is never easy. But getting prepared with all the right equipment will make the transition a lot easier.  With these supplies in hand, any student is geared to a good start.

Originally published September 2014
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