It seems like only yesterday that you found out that you were expecting and now your baby isn’t so little anymore, they’re heading off to university! It’s a big moment for both of you. Your teen will be experiencing their first taste of freedom and independence, and you’ll be experiencing life without them for a little while. There are big changes all round!
You teen might be confident that they know what to expect and how they’re going to balance their studies and their social life. But, are they confident with their packing list? Do they know what essentials to take with them? This is where you come in. As a mom, you can take this opportunity to give yourself peace of mind that they’re fully packed and have everything they need to take their new life and university in their stride.
Read on to discover what your teen should pack for university.
Technology and electricals
Both you and your teen want their studies to get off to the best of starts. So, ensuring that they have all the technology they need to succeed is crucial.
- A laptop
- An external monitor to make things even easier
- A printer
- Portable hard drive
- Software such as word processors and a plagiarism checker. Plagiarism can have devastating consequences for students, find out more here.
- Headphones so they can listen to music
- Extension cords and chargers
- A bedside lamp
You’ll probably sleep better yourself knowing that your teen is comfortable and has a nice warm bed. Consider the following bedding options:
- New bedsheets (they’ve probably outgrown their cartoon character ones!)
- New pillows
- A throw for extra warmth
- A mattress cover. It’s an extra level of comfort and it makes your bed a little fresher.
Again, having everything they need is essential to getting their studies off to a strong start. No one wants to have to borrow a pen on their first day. Consider sending them with the following items:
- A desk lamp
- Sticky notes
- Pens, pencils, highlighters
- Their own notice board
It doesn’t matter how old they are, you’re always going to worry about them being safe. Especially when they’re away from home. So, the following safety items will hopefully give you peace of mind and keep your teen safe.
- A safe for valuables money/laptop/speakers
- A padlock for other storage items and their front door
- Insurance for their valuables
- A door wedge to stop people breaking in
- A personal alarm for when they’re out at night
It’s a daunting prospect for both of you, but your teen will have to start cooking their own meals and feeding themselves! They can’t rely on takeaways every day, so packing the right cooking items will help keep them fed and healthy.
- A mini-fridge – perfect for their room
- Utensils e.g. pizza slicer, can opener, scissors, knifes
- Food containers
- Baking trays and cooking equipment
Another milestone for many teens heading to uni! Check out these laundry essentials:
- A clothes airer
- Laundry basket