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FUN things for dorm life

homerdoghomerdog 8492 replies119 threads Senior Member
We have all of the basics. What else should S19 bring that would be fun to have? I’ve read to bring things like games. What else!?
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  • happy1happy1 24214 replies2431 threads Super Moderator
    Deck of cards, noise cancelling headphones
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  • rickle1rickle1 2693 replies23 threads Senior Member
    Nerf basketball hoop to hang on door.
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  • bjscheelbjscheel 742 replies5 threads Member
    Deck of cards is a great idea, need to remember that.

    DD got a beach ball that looks like a globe to bat around. She's also bringing a Wii (her room is fairly big- this won't work for everyone).
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  • GoatGirl19GoatGirl19 332 replies5 threads Member
    If he likes watching movies with friends, a small wireless/Bluetooth speaker can be very nice (with roommate permission). Most laptop screens are big enough but their speakers lack power so it's nice to have the boost from an external speaker. A movie and a few packets of microwave popcorn in the dorm common social area can be a great friend attractor.
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  • itsgettingreal17itsgettingreal17 4110 replies28 threads Senior Member
    Not for the dorm, but either a hammock or a large blanket for outside.
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  • homerdoghomerdog 8492 replies119 threads Senior Member
    @itsgettingreal17 yep. He bought a hammock and a slack line (the kind you hook between trees and walk on) this summer. They are going to school with him!
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  • mamag2855mamag2855 845 replies2 threads Member
    Good snacks to share, frisbee/kanjam, a bike might be fun to have. Swim gear, if there is a lake, beach area, etc.
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  • LuckyCharms913LuckyCharms913 1105 replies15 threads Senior Member
    A basketball, football, couple of baseballs (and glove) if he likes any of those activities.
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  • momocarlymomocarly 1038 replies12 threads Senior Member
    S loved his football and hammock. He also bought one of the cheep Nintendo systems with extra controllers that had all the old-time games built in. It turned out to be a big hit!
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  • MrThatcherMrThatcher 133 replies7 threads Junior Member
    HiFi Sound System for gaming and movie watching (A Bose Lifestyle 650 is a must in my opinion), a Nice TV (55" or bigger to be worth the effort), and of course a gaming console of his choice.
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  • OHMomof2OHMomof2 13237 replies247 threads Senior Member
    edited August 2019
    Frisbee or ball of a sort that you enjoy playing with (basket, volley, soccer, whatever), hammock. Both my kids used their hammocks regularly, the light nylon ones (forget the brand now, they got for holiday from relative). Light blanket/sheet for grass is nice too.
    edited August 2019
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  • 3sonsmom3sonsmom 392 replies0 threads Member
    @bjscheel My sophomore was excited to find unopened Elf movie playing cards from last year! And one roommate had moved in early and we saw the game set with backgammon, chess, checkers etc.
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  • TheGreyKingTheGreyKing Forum Champion Williams College 2262 replies104 threads Forum Champion
    Depends on what your kid likes to do to relax!

    We are leaving for year two tomorrow, and in the luggage are these items for fun:
    Frisbee, ping pong balls and paddles, two tennis racquets and balls, two squash racquets, small balls for playing catch, a musical instrument, Rubik’s cube, deck of cards, iPad, and an Amazon Fire Stick (you can use your iPad or laptop or similar device with a fire stick or similar device to play movies for your friends on the big TV in the dorm’s common room).
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  • milgymfammilgymfam 1600 replies28 threads Senior Member
    My daughter’s idea of fun is her record player/album collection and art supplies. She’s not into ball type games and I’m guessing a hammock is a big no-no on her campus (campus is an arboretum). Hopefully she meets people who love to listen to/discuss music.
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  • skieuropeskieurope 41104 replies7747 threads Super Moderator
    Deleted several posts that only derail the thread.
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  • jym626jym626 57824 replies3031 threads Senior Member
    Tennis raquet.

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  • 4kids4us4kids4us 1162 replies4 threads Senior Member

    We have a set already that my kids love to play when we are at the beach. However someone gave S19 a set as a graduation gift. Perfect! He took it to school with him. Great for outside, but you could also set it up in a dorm lounge depending on the size of the room.

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  • StuffedquahogStuffedquahog 160 replies1 threads Junior Member
    I found a light up frisbee on Amazon and had it sent to my S16 when he was a freshman as a surprise gift. I thought of it because groups of kids hang outside on the campus green even when it's dark. Gift was a hit.
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  • ProfessorPlum168ProfessorPlum168 4184 replies92 threads Senior Member
    To my slight horror, when I unpacked his boxes today at the dorm, he had brought his Xbox One X amongst so many other “non-essentials” - football, basketball, hackeysack thingys, an iPad, and a deck of cards. Nothing out of the ordinary.
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