When traveling to visit friends and relatives during the holiday break, or moving between semesters, many travelers are exposed to other people’s germs, especially in busy areas such as:

  • airports
  • train stations 
  • bus terminals 
  • taxis 
  • …basically any public transit!

So what does that mean for you? When exposed to a widespread of germs, or bacteria, your chances of getting sick are at an all-time high, (and we all know that getting sick is literally the W-O-R-S-T). Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to help lower your chances of getting sick while traveling back home for the holidays.

Look, But Don’t Touch

Remember that hard surfaces such as stainless steel or plastic will retain viruses for 48 hours after contact. Airport gate counters, fast food tables, toilet handles, armrests on chairs, kiosk screens, handrails and especially the trays used in TSA security are all hot spots for bacteria, or germs to build up, contracting many illnesses. 

Some tips to prevent catching an illness would be to:

  1. Book an early morning flight, because planes are cleaned more thoroughly. 
  2. Bring your own pillow + blanket, (and make sure to wash them once you’re home)! Check out this neck pillow that’s affordable & machine washable!
  3. Try to avoid touching those hot spots mentioned above.
  4. If you do touch them, wash your hands frequently. 
  5. Always carry a travel safe hand sanitizer (<3.4 oz) or antibacterial wipes. 
  6. Cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing, or
  7. Wear a mouth mask to protect you from inhaling any bacteria, as inhaling is the main way your body is exposed to germs.
  8. Keep your immune system up while traveling by drinking plenty of H20 + taking your vitamins.

Winter breaks are a perfect time to spend with your loved ones and eat yummy home-cooked meals. If you’re planning to bring back any food from your trip home, read our last blog post on which food items are TSA approved!

It’s that time of year! Board games with the family, dad sleeping on the couch “watching” football, mom topping off the pumpkin pie… mmm, pie. That’s right, this week is Thanksgiving and we know that going back to your dorm room can be a little heartbreaking after a relaxing break back home. To avoid getting super homesick here’s a way for you to bring a piece of home with you, (or at least a piece of that yummy pie!)

The good news is that most of your favorite Thanksgiving goodies such as pies, cakes, vegetables, even whole turkeys, casseroles and stuffing can all be brought onto an airplane in your carry on bag, or can be checked into your luggage and placed below. Here’s how to bring TSA approved holiday food back to your dorm room!

TSA Approved Travel Carry On Goodies

  1. Canned foods (that don’t have more than 3.4 oz liquid), or are drained.
  2. Bread, rolls, cornbread, pastries, and cookies.
  3. Cooked Meats such as ham, turkey, sausage, etc.
  4. Frozen foods are allowed. According to TSA, if the food is packed with ice or ice packs, they must be completely frozen when going through screening, otherwise, they will not be permitted. 
  5. Cooking utensils like spatulas, and (surprisingly), vegetable peelers are allowed on your carry on.
  6. For our 21+ students wondering, yes, you can even bring alcohol onboard (as long as it’s less than 3.4oz/100 ml).

All above items are approved by the TSA.

Basically, if it’s dry (or solid), it can fly. Always remember, if you’re bringing liquid, stick to the “3-1-1” rule for carry-on items.

(Unfortunate) Carry On Travel No’s

  1. Whipped cream canisters.
  2. Canned Foods (that have liquid) such as canned cranberry sauce, or fruit cocktail.
  3. Foods that contain liquid, eggnog, maple syrup, and even mashed potatoes.
  4. Really, anything that is packed in liquid, or will become liquid such as preserves or jellies (allowed in checked bags).
  5. Carving knives, these cannot be transported through airports at all.
  6. Cast-iron skillets are also allowed (inside your checked bag only).

Basically, if you can “spill it, spread it, spray it, pump it or pour it”, then it should go into a checked bag. 

If you’re still unsure, check out these traveling do’s and don’t during the holidays, direct from TSA. They even have a live chatbox via that’s available on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET and on weekends/holidays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET. Just search for @AskTSA on Twitter & Facebook Messenger, and ask away. 

Cooking in your dorm room? Check out these dorm-friendly recipes you can make for your dorm-mates, and don’t forget to use your Door To Dorm mini-fridge to keep all your delicious holiday food fresh and ready to eat over the next few days, (or weeks)!

Many people hear “climate change” and think “what’s the point?” So here are a few… four to be exact.
You may have heard about climate change, but do you know what actually causes it? The “greenhouse effect” is when gases get trapped inside the earth’s atmosphere and get heated by the sun. This increases the earth’s temperature & is what causes the climate to change.

Why you should be concerned

Climate change doesn’t just going from hot to cold (or vice versa), it also affects:

The oceans— because of climate change, the earths temperature is overheating which causes glaciers in places that should be cold to melt which affects the animals that live there.

The weather— because of climate change, the weather is sporadic and there are more natural disasters.

Our food sources— because of climate change, the land that is needed for crops are dryer than usual. Causing less food production.

Our overall health— because of climate change and the greenhouse effect, there is more pollution, or “smog” in the air. This can affect our lungs, causing asthma and other illnesses.

Click here to watch this short video on climate change and the greenhouse effect.  

How you can help make a difference (from your very own dorm room)

  • Sharing your mini-fridge with your roommate, so that there’s less energy being used. Consider getting the MicroChill® or Large Refrigerator — that way everyone’s food fits comfortably!
  • Unplug any appliances when you’re not using them, such as coffee maker, phone chargers or lamps. Remember: microwaves should stay plugged in directly into the wall, not into power strips because it can overpower and cause a fire!
  • Conserve energy by using your AC/heater, or lights less often. You can also consider purchasing a drying rack to avoid using the school dryer after you wash your clothes. 
  • Recycle! Recycle! Recycle! Paper, plastics and cardboard are all acceptable items to recycle, just remember to always rinse out/remove food from anything you’re about to recycle. If you’re unsure of what is recyclable in NYC, check out this list. Need a recycling bin? Click here
  • Conserve water by taking shorter showers or investing in a water filter & filling up a water pitcher (which you can keep cold in your fridge), instead of buying packs of water bottles. You can also keep a reusable water bottle with you for when you’re on the go!
  • Recycle decorations, furniture, school supplies, etc. This reduces the gas emissions from manufacturers making and transferring products. Next time you need “new” items, try getting hand me downs from friends/family members, or going to second hand stores!

YES— it takes a few extra steps to do these things, and it might seem like an inconvenience in your day. But, it’s a long-term investment. One in which you won’t immediately see, but the next generation might. It only takes just a few extra minutes in your day to give back to the earth. Remember, there is no “Planet B.”

1. Tailgating

Students should participate in the tailgating experience at some point in their lives if possible. Even if you are not a big sports fan, tailgating is a lot of fun and a great way to meet new people. Not much is needed to participate, however, a few key items can go a long way.  Sport your school team’s shirt, colors or any other swag you might have to instantly show your support. Drinks and snacks are also a great way to share in the fun and to hold you down until the big game. Also, don’t forget to check the weather in case you need to bundle up or bring an umbrella. 

2. Hiking

Now that the summer heat has subsided, take advantage of the crisp air and go on a group hike, before it gets too cold! Many places offer guided hikes that you can sign up for. Dress appropriately in good walking shoes and sunscreen. Depending on your area you may need bug spray. Also, don’t forget plenty of water and a couple of protein snacks in case you get hungry on the trail. 

3. Outdoor Music Concerts & Festivals

There’s nothing like enjoying outdoor music with your friends. Fall is the perfect time of year to attend an outdoor concert or music festival with your best buds. If you plan ahead you can get less expensive tickets early, however, many cities offer free outdoor events in their communities. An outdoor event must-have is a blanket that’s easy to fold and carry. If permitted, pack your own picnic snacks to save money. 

4. Orchard Picking

If you’re able to get out of the city just a bit, many local orchids allow for a fun afternoon of picking- whether it be apples, cherries, or something of the sort! It’s a great way to enjoy the beauty of fall and nature and you also get to take home some of the fruits of your labor. You can use your pickings to bake a traditional pie or use them for something smaller such as tarts or a festive drink garnish. Store your leftover fruit, or pie in your Door To Dorm fridge!  

5. Pumpkin Patch

Your local pumpkin patch is a great way to spend an afternoon. Many offer good old fashion activities in addition to pumpkin picking and corn mazes. Some pumpkin patches feature hayrides and petting zoos. Just like county fairs, many pumpkin patches sell delicious comfort food like BBQ, funnel cakes and more. If you plan on leaving with a pumpkin or two, be sure to save your purchase until the end so that you’re not lugging around a huge pumpkin all day. 

6. Scary Movie Night

Stay indoors in your jammies or set up an outdoor projector, a night of horror films is bound to heighten your adrenaline. Whether you decide on cult classics or some of the newer films in the horror genre, snacks are a must. Stay original with foods such as popcorn, candy, and pizza or hop on Pinterest for ideas on simple hor’s d’ oeuvres such as pigs in a blanket. You can also arrange your event to be a pot-luck style set up and feature a nacho or ice-cream bar. Click here for some yummy dorm room recipes you can make for your scary movie night!

7. Haunted Tour

Not for the faint of heart, haunted tours are available as city tours, overnight asylum stays or cemetery walks. Most likely reservations are required, do a little research to find one in your area. Be sure to have your roommate tagalong so you can avoid going home alone at night! 

8. Zombie Run

Once we’ve outgrown trick-or-treating in the neighborhood, a Zombie Run seems like the next logical step. You can use almost any costume and just add a little blood or some vampire teeth and voila- you’re a zombie ready for the apocalypse. Some communities have already established some form of zombie walk or pub crawl but you can always enlist your group to forge your own.

The college experience should include safe spaces where students can live, learn and find a sense of community. Though this is usually the case, it’s exceedingly important to remain vigilant and keep your safety in mind at all times. With the new semester starting, we at Door To Dorm want to provide a few tips on how to avoid putting yourself in vulnerable positions:

Look up from your phone

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It’s easy to put your earbuds in, stare down at your phone, and zone out, but with so much going on around you (traffic, bikers, skateboarders, etc.) it’s important to remember to look up and be present.

Never walk alone at night

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During the day, college campuses are usually teeming with students and faculty, but at night, it empties out quite a bit. If you find yourself studying late on campus, be sure you have a walking buddy when it’s time to walk back to your car or dorm. Many universities offer security escort services for this precise situation, so check with your campus to see if they offer this service.

Utilize campus safety apps

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Most colleges and universities can be found on different campus safety apps like CampusSafe. These apps feature a button that immediately notifies your campus police department when pushed. This saves the time of dialing 911 and notifies the police of your location.

Party safely

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There’s a high chance you’ll attend some college parties from time to time, but it’s important that you party responsibly.

First off, don’t attend any party alone. This is because you want someone to know where you are and NOTICE if you suddenly disappear throughout the evening. Also, it’s nice to have a buffer when you meet a bunch of strangers so you don’t feel awkward. The best party partner is someone you know well and trust to have your back.

That said, whether you go with one other person or a small friend group to a party, make sure one of you is the DD (Designated Driver). You can switch off for different parties to make it fair, but there should always be someone sober and alert that can gauge when you need to get out of an unsolicited or bad situation.

Watch your beverage. Whatever beverage you drink (alcoholic for 21+ or non-alcoholic ), make sure you never put your cup down. If you have to put your cup down to go to the bathroom, or somewhere else, make sure you grab a new drink after (that you pour yourself). It’s unfortunate, but people have been known to add things to other people’s drinks that they never wanted or requested. The safest beverage you can drink at a party is one that comes from a can or bottle that is sealed—don’t drink concoctions out of a tub, punch bowl or any variation of a pre-mixed shared source. It’s not safe, and it’s also gross.

Don’t be afraid to leave. When something feels not so right, trust your gut. It’s no big deal to leave if you’re not comfortable. There will be other parties. If your friends are good friends, they’ll understand, support, trust, and leave with you. If they don’t, they’re not good friends, but you should still grab a cab, uber, or call someone you trust to pick you up. Many universities offer free pickup services off-campus for college students. Check with your campus to see if you have this resource and save the number for the pickup service in your phone before you go out.

Carry a self-defense device

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Whether it’s pepper spray, a whistle, or a taser—it’s always wise to carry something you can use quickly and efficiently to defend yourself. All three of these devices are compact and easy to transport.

Lock your doors

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This may seem obvious, but it’s very easy to become relaxed in your living space (especially if you live on campus). Just remember that no matter how safe you feel in your home, it’s extremely important that you always keep your doors locked—better safe than sorry!

No one wants to live a life full of worry and distrust—relax and enjoy your college experience. Just remember to always have your safety in mind so you don’t end up like this guy:

Are you feeling the brash heat of summer yet? Though we’d all love to blast the AC 24/7 and put a fan in every room, you might regret doing so once you see your electric bill. Here are eight ways to stay cool this summer without breaking the bank:

1. Drink Water

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Drinking ice cold water will help maintain a low core temperature and will keep you nice and hydrated! Also, keep in mind that eating light foods such as raw veggies, fruit and fish will help to keep you cool as well. You can keep your produce and water chilled to perfection in your very own Door To Dorm fridge rental. There are several options to suit your space.

2. Catch a movie

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Movie theaters are usually well air-conditioned, and serve as a nice escape from the sun for a couple hours.

3. Go the beach, lake, river, springs, etc.

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In short, find a natural body of water and get in it (if it’s safe and legal to do so). Days like these are a great opportunity to pack a lunch and a cooler full of cold drinks and hang out with friends.

4. Wear light fabric and light colors

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Cotton and linen are your best bet when it comes to staying cool and avoiding sweat stains. Light colors will reflect the sun rather than absorb it they way dark colors do.

6. Freeze your pillowcase

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If you find that your home is still uncomfortably hot around bedtime, stick your pillowcase in your Door To Dorm refrigerator freezer for a few minutes. Never underestimate the power of sleeping on a nice, cool pillow.

7. Avoid using the oven

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A hot oven will heat up your home—summer is for grilling anyways. Have you ever tried grilled watermelon? It’s great, try it.

8. Keep your curtains closed

We know it sounds grim, but try to keep as much sunlight out of your living space as possible. The darker your home stays, the cooler it will be. Blackout curtains work best for keeping your home cool, while conserving energy.

Independence Day in the states is full of cookouts, food trucks, music, and fireworks! On this day, families come together to celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and our country’s freedom. You may already have plans for the fourth, but if you don’t and are going to be on the East Coast, it’s not to early to make some, listen up! Here are just a few things that will be going on:

1. Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Show

Find a great view of the East River, get comfy, and watch the fireworks! The show lasts 30 minutes and over 60,000 fireworks are launched. Bring a blanket and a picnic basket and enjoy the holiday the patriotic way!

2. NYC 4th of July Boat Party

If you’re looking for a more lively experience, you can watch the fireworks from a party boat! The Liberty Belle boat party will include an open bar, delicious food and a live DJ! You and your friends can get a perfect view of the fireworks as well as the beautiful New York skyline.

3. Sterling National Bank July 4th Fireworks Show

If you’re in Long Island, you may consider heading to Jones Beach with a few friends to watch a spectacular firework show set to an array of patriotic songs! The show begins at 9:30 PM, be sure to arrive early to ensure a good seat and avoid traffic delays.

4. Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

Looking for some amusement and good food? Head to Coney Island to watch the annual hot dog eating contest hosted by Nathan’s Famous. The event will be held in front of Nathan’s Famous on the corner of Surf Avenue and Stillwell Avenue in Coney Island.

5. Cornwall 4th of July Celebration

This celebration will be a full day of festivities including a pie eating contest, pet show, crafts show, parade and (of course) fireworks! Get outside and join the community in celebrating our country and Cornwall’s 69th Annual Fourth of July Celebration. No matter how you choose to celebrate, the most important thing is to have fun, eat lots of watermelon (or hot dogs) and remember what it is to be an American!

Door To Dorm, owned and operated by Collegiate Storage and Rental, is celebrating 10 years of providing east coast students with a better on-campus living experience. We are proud to serve over twenty universities and colleges throughout the northeast, giving students access to affordable storage, shipping and rental services.

Alongside storage and shipping services, we also provide refrigerator rentals that are delivered directly to colleges as well as moving bin rental programs, dorm furniture installation, exhibition hall management, move in-move out logistics, and many other university-specialized services.

It has always been our philosophy that living away from home (most likely for the first time) shouldn’t be an unpleasant experience for students. Rather, it should be a fun and thrilling one. It is our mission here at Door to Dorm to make dorm life as easy as possible.

We are thrilled to be celebrating this 10 year mark, and we look forward to many more years of making students’ lives easier by providing them with the services they need.

To celebrate, we’re providing new, even more affordable pricing for storage products! Just pick your storage, place your order, pack up your stuff in the box(es) we provide and we’ll do the rest! You literally don’t even have to leave your room!

You realize you need some help paying your rent while you go to school. Where do you start?

Inner Circle

To find a college roommate, start off by asking anyone you know if they need a place a to stay, or if they know anyone else that needs a place to stay. It is easier to deal with people who are already a part of your social circle. A social media post prompting interested parties to private message you for details is a great way to get this done- just make sure not to post pictures or your address publically.

Low-key marketing

If noone you know is currently looking for a place to stay, try reaching out to fellow students on your college campus. You can do this by printing out flyers with the necessary information for potential renters, and posting them on cork boards in different buildings. Microsoft Word has a template called “flyer with tear-off tabs” which is perfect for this purpose. Be sure to contact your Campus Activities department to find out where you are allowed to post flyers, otherwise they may be taken down by cleaning staff.

While you’re posting flyers, keep an eye out for other people seeking a new roommate. You may find their flyers on the same cork boards.  People seeking roommates can also post an ad on Craigslist. It is easier to hide your personal information this way, but it also means that your advertisement can be seen by people outside of your campus—it can be seen by anyone.

What To Look For

So, you found someone who is interested in being your roommate. It’s time to vet them and vise versa. Set up an interview to get to know each other more and discuss expectations. When it comes to favorable qualities in a roommate, it is important to find someone who is cooperative, easy for you to get along with and can communicate effectively to avoid misunderstandings.

It is not necessary to find a roommate who is currently attending college, but a fellow student or someone who has been to college will understand the weird schedule you’re dealing with and how you’ll need quiet time to study and do course work.

Get The Logistics Right

Having your roommate sign a leasing agreement with you and your landlord is 100% necessary. This will help you avoid dealing with eviction issues with your landlord in case your roommate is being disruptive and/or not helping pay for their half of the rent. Roommates who are not on a lease are potentially dangerous, because if something goes wrong and your landlord gets dragged into it, everyone could be evicted, instead of just your troublesome roommate.


Becoming Sympatico

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Now that you’ve found a roommate who signed the necessary paperwork, here are three important tips for getting along with them:

  1. Keep shared spaces clean. Try your best to keep your belongings secluded to your space and respect your roommate’s space. This is where that interview discussion comes into play. You should have discussed expectations for cleanliness in your shared spaces- maybe you have mapped out a chore schedule and now it’s all about sticking to it.
  2. If you find yourself having to take an early morning class, make sure you wake up to your alarm and turn it off. Don’t make your roommate suffer through your perpetual hitting of the snooze button.
  3. Don’t stay up with the lights on studying all night. If you absolutely have to pull an all-nighter, there are usually study spaces in the lobbies of dorm halls and there’s a good chance you can access your campus library at any hour of the night with a student ID. Let your roommate sleep in peace.

Resolving Conflict

Try your best to be a shining example of a good roommate at all times. Hopefully, this will encourage your bad roommate into being better.

When it comes to addressing a difficult roommate, it is important to communicate clearly and early. Voice your expectations of behavior and establish boundaries from the very beginning, that way everyone understands what is expected of them and they are not surprised or indignant about any incidents.  Do not assume your roommate already knows what bothers you and what doesn’t- they won’t unless you tell them.

Make sure to explain to your roommate how certain behaviors affect you in order to demonstrate why it is important for them to adhere to your requests—but always be open to compromisation. Never conduct conversations in a passive aggressive manner and always refrain from any form of abuse.