OFF-TO-COLLEGE TOOLBOX: Prepare your student for every possible non-academic emergency

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Back-to-school shopping is definitely amped up when college is the destination, and amid all the linens, dorm décor and study supplies, your student should have a trustworthy tool kit.
Freshmen will feel much more at home away from home knowing they’re armed for just about any fix they can get into, and upperclassmen who have already learned the hard way will appreciate an organized arsenal of gear.
So, here’s a recommended

Back-to-school shopping is definitely amped up when college is the destination, and amid all the linens, dorm décor and study supplies, your student should have a trustworthy tool kit.

Freshmen will feel much more at home away from home knowing they’re armed for just about any fix they can get into, and upperclassmen who have already learned the hard way will appreciate an organized arsenal of gear.

So, here’s a recommended packing list for the dorm room DIYer.

Basic tools

• Hammer

• Pliers

• Screwdrivers (slotted and Phillips) or screwdriver multi-tool

• Socket ratchet set

• Adjustable wrench

• Combo pack of nails and screws

• Utility knife

• Utility scissors

• Tape measure

• WD-40

• Electrical tape

• Fabric-backed duct tape


Power supply

• Surge protector

• Extension cords in a few different lengths

• Extra-long telephone cable



Safety smarts

• Flashlight

• Battery-operated tap lights

• Combination smoke and CO detector

• Padlocks


Hang it up

• Torpedo level

• Stud finder

• Picture hanger assortment

3M Command™ removable hooks

Repair ware

• Painter’s putty and putty knife

• Paddle wire

• Sewing kit

Sticky business

• Super glue

• Wood glue

• Adhesive remover

Clean it up

• Magic erasers for wall marks

• Cleaning wipes (disinfectant, glass, etc.)

• Carpet stain remover

Once you’ve got everything assembled, do a little how-to review with College Girl or Boy so that they know just what tool to use when…This may generate a few eye-rolls, but trust me, they’ll thank you later (albeit silently, in their dorm room, from hundreds of miles away).

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Note: Tom Kraeutler is the Home Improvement Editor for AOL and host of The Money Pit, a nationally syndicated home improvement radio program. To find a local radio station, download the show's podcast or sign-up for Tom's free weekly e-newsletter, visit the program's Web site.

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