When I was packing to leave for college, my mother told me she was ordering me an escape ladder she'd seen on TV to hang from my dorm room window in case of a fire. It could extend up to four stories tall, she said. I reminded her that my dorm room was on the 17th floor. She would buy several, she amended, and I could tie them all together. I was concerned about falling to my death, so I told her I'd rather take my chances in the stairwell.
When I was packing to leave for college, my mother told me I should take one of her inflatable twin mattresses with me so that I wouldn't need extra long sheets for the dorm mattress. Instead I could just inflate the air mattress every single night and use old sheets from home. I declined and bought myself the extra long sheets on sale at Bed Bath & Beyond.