Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Packing for the College Tour

Road Trip Essentials
by @lindsayleboyer, guest blogger Lindsay LeBoyer

Newbury Street, Boston Fine Art Print
Visiting college campuses is one of the most thrilling steps in the application process and the best way to learn about a school beyond the published curriculum and list of majors. A visit to the campus is a signal to the college that the student is a "likely to attend" which increases their chances of admittance. Late summer and early September before the school year is in full swing are convenient times to visit, since many colleges begin their fall semester as early as mid-August and many high schools are not yet in session. If you are hitting the road or helping your child prepare for this adventure, don't leave home without creature comforts to ease application stress. In addition to the basics like toothpaste and socks, pack these spirit lifting finds. All of these essentials also make great presents for the prep-student in your life.

 1)  Silky Pajamas
Vintage pajamas from Etsy shop DearGoldenVintage
Many college visits include an overnight stay in a college dorm. If you don't already know someone attending the school, the college will pair you up with a willing college host. Be sure you are comfortable and modest in whatever nighttime attire you bring. Remember that many coed dorms have shared bathrooms located down the hall. In addition, you want to be rested when you're walking around huge campuses and interviewing with admission officers. This vintage white satin pajama set will bring you sweet university dreams. 

2) Toiletry Case
Cosmetic Bag by Etsy crafter SewLovelyDesign
Keep all toiletries organized in a stylish waterproof bag. This trendy polka dot pouch fits perfectly in your suitcase. Again, don't forget you may be schlepping personal toiletries down the hall and this case will afford the right amount of privacy.

Aluminum Water Bottle
 3) Aluminum Water Bottle  
Dorm rooms don't come with hotel mini bars! Save money and the planet with a reusable aluminum water bottle. Customize this one with your name (or the college's name!) and keep hydrated on the road.

4) Tote Bag
Tote bag from StitchedOnAWhim
Hold all of your things together in this stylish tote bag! Use it as a small suitcase for a shorter trip, or carry your phone and belongings in it when touring universities. The colors and mix of patterns will set you apart from the rest.

5) Sunglasses

sunglasses from Cityfleas

Block glare on the road and keep the sun out of your eyes on campus with a pair of vintage ray bans! This tortoise shell wayfarer style is classic and cool, perfect for making a great first impression on future classmates.

As a thank you to your college hostess, why not a beautiful but affordable piece of art for their dorm?  
Miriam Schulman has tons of fine art prints for you to choose from, like the watercolor street scene of downtown Boston pictured above. For more great art prints, visit Miriam Schulman's etsy shop. This fine art print also makes the perfect congratulatory present for that high school student who just got a college acceptance letter from one of the many Boston area universities or the graduating senior.

Blogger Lindsay LeBoyer is interning at Schulman Art for the Summer 2011 season. She writes a fashion blog called The Style Child.