If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… the people who give you their food give you their heart.
Cesar Chavez

Say goodbye to mama’s home cooking because you are on your own now. Don’t worry though because a few quick tools with help when your left to your own devices. Simple appliances like a toaster oven or mini fridge can go a long way for a dorm room or apartment. You can even elevate a simple meal lily breakfast eggs and toast with fun appliances to add a smoothie or a cup of coffee. Dorm living can easily slump to ramen meals day and night, but having Tupperware or meal prep containers can elevate eating on the go or just at home. Travel mugs are also a good buy for the early morning classes or late night library study sessions that just wouldn’t work without a cup of caffeine. Whether you make use of the meal plan and just want some quick snacks for in between or you cook every meal, you will be eating either way. Don’t get stuck in a rut; refer to a cookbook or blog to help find meals for college students. You can even make bland pasta more fun with dishes and utensils that are just as colorful as you. Eat your heart out, but do it in style.

Despite having a meal plan, many college students might just be too lazy to wander over to the lunch hall for a snack. It’s always a good idea to buy or rent a mini fridge to house a few extra drinks or snacks. A microwave or a toaster could be great options for those late-to-class mornings where it’s a grab and go scenario. A Brita water filter is also an essential for those hydrated college students who like a chilled glass of water that’s not from the bathroom sink. It’s also a good idea to purchase some reusable containers like a stainless steel water bottle or a lunch bag and tupperware. Eat can be on the go or just a study snack or a whole meal at the dining hall, but either way buy items and food products that keep you happy and healthy

Tableware – Sometimes paper plates and plastic forks don’t cut it. Liven up your food experience with an array of dish sets including plates, bowls, cups, and utensils.

Food Storage – Whether you are sneaking food out of the dining hall or have leftovers from eating out, proper food storage will help save your food better than a cafeteria napkin.

Miscellaneous – From sponges to can openers your room will be lost without these essentials you normally find in your home.

Small Appliances – Although you cannot bring all the typical appliances you are accustomed to at home, a mini refrigerator, microwave, and if your school allows, a coffee maker, will be a nice addition to your new space.

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