Lennox. Age: 31.
You've shared a home for a lifetime and felt secure knowing that child of yours was just a bedroom away. Now, you're shipping your teenager off to begin a new chapter in an unfamiliar place, possibly hundreds of miles away — all without you. Dropping a child off at college for the first time can be an emotional transition. And in that overwhelming run-up to the eventual goodbye, overbuying and over-packing are easy mistakes to make as parents hope to inoculate their teens against every collegiate scenario.
Lyra. Age: 30.
Teen Vogue: Dorm Decor at Northland College
Not to get too ahead of ourselves, but Summer is an ideal time to begin your college dorm essentials checklist. And really, we're over the moon for what Pottery Barn Teen has in store. No matter what your dormitory set-up is — suite, apartment-style, bedroom — there's a cozy faux fur lounger, darling desk lamp, and much-needed laundry bag for everyone and really, their products are just as good as Target's. A prompt look through these dorm treasures will send your college packing list into double maybe even triple digits, it's so good.
Elsa. Age: 20.
College Dorm Supply List for Girls
When it comes to outfitting the college dorm, you can ignore those glossy shelter magazines with the fabulous dormitory layouts, plush couches, stacked lofts and framed prints hanging on the walls. Dorm rooms look nothing like that. Extra furniture? Most dorms have extra-long twin beds, so you probably will need extra-long twin sheets, pillows, a cozy duvet or blankets, and a foam pad to soften the industrial-strength mattress.
Your first test? Buy everything you need for a hip, efficient, comfy college living space without going broke. Start now to get ahead of the curve. What kind of student are you?