I'm starting to browse the Bed Bath & Beyond website with D, getting ideas, etc. D is leaving for college June 23rd: Bed Bath & Beyond - Shop for College, Back to School
Shopping for you college dorm or apartment has never been easier. Bed Bath & Beyond has a program called 'Pack N Hold' that makes it easy to shop for everything you need to set up your new dorm room or apartment without having to transfer it across the country, or even having to store it until moving in day.
All you have to do is go to any Bed Bath & Beyond and ask the first associate you see where to register for a college room Pack N Hold. First, you will fill out a form and let them know what college you are going to, and when you would like to pick up your items. Then they will give you a cool gismo to walk around the store with, and you can scan anything you want to for your dorm room or apartment. If you are overwhelmed and unsure of what you need, there is a list of suggested items and quantities that they can provide so you don't forget anything.
When you are done picking out everything you want for your room, you take the gismo back to the associate, and they will print you out a copy of what you have selected. Then the store sends the list of your selections to the BBB closest to the college you are going to (or to any store you choose to pick your items up from).
When you arrive at your college, you can then go to the store you have chosen on the date you have given and pick up your items - they will be waiting for you and all you have to do is pay for them and go enjoy your new home!!
One might ask, why do this early and not wait until it's time to move in? The most important reason is that going away to college is stressful enough, and there is so much going on, shopping to set up your room would only add to the stress. Secondly, most retail companies set up there back to school merchandise in July, so by the time you actually get to college most of the cool stuff is no longer available to purchase. If you do it early and have it waiting for you, you get the best assortment available to choose from.
And if you aren't going away to college, but are moving out of mom and dad's house? The same rules apply. You can still have the merchandise held for you at your local BBB, and you still get to pick out the best merchandise instead of what's left over.
If mom and dad aren't coming with to settle you into your new home, you can purchase a BBB gift card for the amount of the Pack N Hold and pay for it that way.
Going away to college is one of the greatest experiences you will ever have, and this should help make a smooth transition into your living situation.