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Packing these 5 dorm-Room must-Haves into your spacious 2014 Traverse is a road test you can ace

By Greg Barbera


The time has come to take your daughter (or son) to college. It’s an emotional trip, but one made infinitely easier by your 2014 Traverse. This vehicle has the cargo room to pack everything from furniture to fruit loops and the comfort to make the long haul pleasant for everyone—a safe and secure environment that’s great for those all-important heart-to-heart (and often life-changing) conversations that sometimes happen more easily when you’re on the road.

To help make that tiny new dorm room feel more like home, here are some space maximizers that will also fit perfectly into your innovatively designed Traverse, as well as a few key items your student will need to transfer the latest electronic fad she’s into from your technologically-advanced crossover vehicle to campus.

Futon sofa bed: This is two items in one … and a real space saver. Much like the available power-remote liftgate feature that opens your Traverse with the push of a button, a futon couch effortlessly transforms from a casual sitting space to a comfy sleeping spot. Also ideal for accommodating visiting relatives (hint, hint).

Multi-outlet extension cord: College students today depend on their technology, so this is essential for powering up all their devices. With a front-seat USB* port, two charge-only USB* ports on the back of the center console and the ability to stream SiriusXM Satellite Radio** in your Traverse, you can relate, right?

Stackable storage bins: These flexible space-saving devices are a great way to transform a closet into a cupboard—for keeping cleaning products out of sight or storing dry goods (snacks for those late-night study sessions?). Smart Slide second-row seating and split-folding rear seats give you similar space-conversion options in your Traverse.

Universal remote: No need for your daughter to go on a scavenger hunt to try to find the appropriate remote every time she wants to use her entertainment system. This one device will power up the TV, stereo, gaming system and DVD player. Your vehicle’s available remote start also does double duty: It unlocks the Traverse as well—so when your hands are occupied you don’t have to juggle your keys to get the door.

Lanyard: For safety at school, get your student a lanyard that will hold a driver’s license and school ID as well as car and dorm-room keys. Attach a small flashlight and whistle, for dark walks back from … wishful thinking … the library.

Once you’ve unpacked everything and helped your almost-grown child settle in, you can get back in your Traverse knowing she has what she needs to begin another semester on her own—with the same sorts of creature comforts and safeguards you’ve become accustomed to in your car. Over-protectiveness? Hardly. I call it peace of mind.

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Greg Barbera of DadCentric is a dad blogger, beer magazine editor and the singer/bass player for the punk band Chest Pains. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. You can follow him on twitter @gregeboy, Tumblr, Facebook and Blogger. Want to know more? Just Google him.
             

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