Millions of college freshmen will head off to their new homes away from home next month, and millions of anxious parents want to make sure their children have everything they will need to make an easy transition.
The New York-based Dorm Co (www.dormco.com) can help with its one-stop shopping for all things dorm room.
Tabs at the top of the home page list categories of items college students may need. More essential items, like toiletries, bedding and alarm clocks, sit beside accessories, like posters and curtains that block out sunlight.
Parents will be happy to see the "Security" tab, which shows products meant to keep their students and their new purchases safe. Pepper spray comes in a few different forms, from lipstick containers to key rings. The site also sells laptop locks, safes for valuables and even a "Fridge Locker" to prevent roommates from stealing food.
But beware. It's easy to get carried away on a site like Dorm Co, where all the items are laid out so conveniently and everything seems like a must-have.
But Dorm Co does offer products in a range of prices, so comparison shopping and making financially smart decisions is still possible on the site. For example, Dorm Co shower sandals range in price from around $3 to more than $23. Dorm Co ships orders for $2.95, which gets purchases to customers in five to 10 days.
Shoppers also can pay more for expedited shipping for those forgotten, last-minute items.