Your baby is leaving home! While no checklist will help you get through the emotional side of letting go, this one can assist your new freshman with setting up a dorm room, finding an apartment, managing daily life on their own, and organizing all the documents necessary to become a real adult.
get copies of all vital records — birth certificate, SS card, etc.
update your child’s address book and list of birthdays
get copies of your child’s medical and dental insurance, records, and prescriptions
verify insurance coverage and claim procedures if your child is going out of state
check your homeowners insurance for coverage policies
get copies of warranties for electronics, computer, and appliances
open a checking account near campus and order checks
set up a cell phone and/or long-distance plan
set up internet and e-mail address — if not provided by school
pack up off-season clothes to be shipped or picked up later
pack clothes and living necessities for the new dorm or apartment
backpack or book bag
bathroom supplies — towels, toilet paper, shower curtain, etc.
bedding — sheets, pillows, comforter, blankets, etc.
books and magazines
camera and film
clock radio, desk lamp, and a fan
closet supplies — hangers, belt rack, over door storage, etc.
clothing — including appropriate winter wear and rain wear
computer equipment — including ink cartridges, paper, and supplies
cork board or dry erase board
decorating items — pillows, accent rug, pictures, etc.
desk organizer, school supplies, mailing supplies
dictionary and thesaurus
electronics — calculator, PDA, mini cassette recorder, etc.
extension cords and adapters
first aid, sewing, and shoe care kits
flashlight and extra batteries
games — board, computer, video, etc.
kitchen supplies — dishes, cookware, and food
laundry supplies — basket, drying rack, detergent, iron, etc.
microwave and small refrigerator with freezer
phone card and lots of quarters for laundry
stereo, TV, VCR, etc.
telephone and answering machine
toiletries and prescription medications
trash can and bags
wall calendar and portable planner
find out the date of availability and requirements to reserve a unit
ask about the length of lease and penalties for breaking it early
ask if there is a security deposit or pet deposit
ask about the monthly rent amount, date due, and late charges
see if utilities are included or separate
find out the rules about pets and subletting
ask the number of bedrooms and baths
find out the amenities — fireplace, balcony, laundry facilities, etc.
ask if the complex has a pool and recreational facilities
see if you can get additional storage space
find out which appliances are included — dishwasher, garbage disposal, microwave, etc.
ask about safety features — gate, deadbolt, security guard, etc.
check on public transportation options
check on the apartment’s proximity to shopping, school, work, etc.
visit to get a feel for the neighborhood
see if internet and satellite dish hookup are available
property records — belongings, car, and insurance
banking — statements and financial activity
bills — monthly payments and budgeting
health records — medical conditions, treatments, and providers
school records — transcripts, class information, academic responsibilities
travel — trip plans and travel resources
employment records — job applications, resume, and references
miscellaneous — hobbies, activities, and other personal interests
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