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Every human being needs to eat groceries from time to time for health purposes. Groceries, which typically include fruits and vegetables, are in great demand in various parts of the world today. If you are joining college and you love groceries, it is vital to make sure that you have and abundant supply of them all the time. However, there are those ones that are more essential than others. You need to make sure that you are spending your money on the type of groceries that truly matter and that have an impact on your life and health.

So, if you are shopping on your own, here is a list of nutritious and cost-effective groceries that you can purchase when you are in college. Make sure that you buy groceries that are most suited to you. Tastes and preferences really matter when making these choices.


Fruits are versatile since you can either eat them raw, blend, or chop them. You can basically eat fruits in different forms and they will still be very beneficial to you. Examples of fruits that you should consider are apples, oranges, pineapples, avocado and grapes.


Vegetables should also be in your diet when you are in college. Vegetables are filled with nutrients and can be eaten in large quantities since they are low in calories and high in fiber.  They are also rich in Vitamins which are essential for keeping diseases at bay. Some examples of vegetables that you should think about are tomatoes, baby carrots, spinach, frozen broccoli and pepper among others.


Protein is a vital component of your diet and thus you need to include it in your groceries list.  Proteins stimulate muscle and bone growth and can also help in raising your energy levels.  Good examples of proteins that you should go for are lean meats and sea foods. They have less fat and calories.

These are basic selections of some of the main groceries that you will need to have in your shopping list when in college.  Bread and grains are also vital.

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The first day of school is overwhelming for some students, but it doesn’t have to be for everyone. It’s possible to take the stress out of this experience by following some simple tips. Make this transitional period easier on your first day of college by doing the following:

1: Don’t close your dorm door:
By keeping the door to your dorm room open, you’re allowing people to come in and introduce themselves and creating an inviting atmosphere. Not only will this help you make friends easier and quicker, but you’ll also know when your dorm mates are moving in also.

2: Get Settled as Soon as Possible:
The sooner you unpack all of your belongings, get rid of the boxes, and stow away your suitcases the sooner you’ll feel at home. Creating a homey atmosphere within your dorm room will help stave off homesickness, as well as help you keep organized right from the beginning.

3: Go Exploring:
You may not have time to do this on the first day of college, but it’s important to go exploring throughout the campus as soon as possible. If you can go exploring shortly after you’ve unpacked your dorm room, this is optimal. That way, once you’ve set up your homey environment, you can start feeling at home in your surroundings.

4: Keep Snacks Around:
A great way to make friends, and to keep them coming around, is to have snacks on hand all the time. Keep chocolates, cookies, or chips on hand as soon as you move into your dorm room. That way, when you go around introducing yourself down the halls, you can offer snacks to neighboring rooms. Even candy or popcorn will be well received; it doesn’t have to be anything fancy.

This is just the beginning for making your first day of college easier and less stressful. One of the best ways to make this day go more smoothly is to let your mother fuss over you, and spoil you for one last moment.

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Parents should supervise what their freshman packs to take to college with them to be sure the student has what is truly needed in that small dorm room to make it a “home away from home” and a good place to study.  All the suggestions in this article should be adapted to your student’s own situation. For some of these items, it might make more sense to buy them when you arrive in the college town.

Remind your student to pack for one season at a time. When the student comes home for the semester break, they can change their clothing for the season ahead.  If the student is going to room with someone from their high school, they can get together before leaving and split their “needs” list. If their roommate is someone they don’t know, contacting the roommate to discuss preparing their dorm room is a good way to “break the ice”. They will get to know each other as they plan together for what to bring.

Today many dorms have suites that share a kitchenette outfitted with a refrigerator and small cooking space. Most students have no problem remembering to bring their electronics and their clothes. This list focuses on the items students may not readily think about when packing for college.

What You Might Not Remember But Need to Bring College Checklist

Dorm Room Essentials

  • Bedside Lamp (and light bulbs) as well as Desk Lamp (and
    light bulbs)
  • Under-the-bed Storage Boxes or Trays
  • Small Fan (the A/C can go out)
  • Small Trash Can
  • Folding Drying Rack for Laundry
  • Mini-Toolkit (including Phillips head and slotted
    screwdrivers, assorted screws, a hammer, wrench)
  • Picture Hangers (double sided tape for concrete walls or
    whatever the school allows)

Kitchen Essentials

  • Bowl, Plate, Mug, Plastic Glass, Eating Utensils
  • Water Bottle
  • Can and/or Bottle Opener
  • Food Storage Containers (microwavable)


  • HDMI cord, Ethernet cord for computer – DON’T FORGET THE
  • Surge protectors for ALL electronics
  • Extension cords
  • 3 Two prong adapters
  • Camera and extra batteries
  • Cell Phone plus BOTH room and car chargers

Linens and Laundry Supplies

  • Clothes hangers
  • Extra pillow, blanket, towels (one set is NOT enough)
  • Lint brush
  • Mini-sewing kits (with several needles, white and black
    thread and white buttons)

Desk and Office Supplies

  • Memory cards and USB flash drives for plenty of storage
  • Printer paper
  • Stackable desk trays (4 or more)
  • Plastic container with snap-shut lid loaded with:
    stapler, staples, pens, pencils, pencil sharpener, paper
    clips, 3X5 index cards, sticky notes, binder clips, rubber
    bands, tape, scissors, multiple colors highlighter pens,
    ruler, stamps and envelopes.


  • Plastic container with snap-shut lid loaded with:
    Tylenol or other pain reliever, antacid, vitamins, cough
    drops, anti-diarrheal meds, antibiotic  ointment, burn
    ointment, sun block, adhesive bandages, Ace bandage, hydrogen
    peroxide, tweezers, nail clippers, cotton swabs.
  • Shower caddy and shower shoes


  • Two or three pairs of sneakers or other comfortable walking
  • More casual clothes than dressy ones
  • Raincoat- always have a raincoat or rain parka. Always.
  • Two sets of business casual clothes on hand.

With Roommate: Plan Together and Share

  • Small Coffee or Hot Pot
  • Audio Equipment
  • TV and DVD
  • Area Rug
  • All-purpose Cleaner
  • Dish Soap
  • Trash Bags
  • Paper Towels
  • Wet Wipes
  • Facial Tissues
  • Toilet Paper
  • Food Storage Bags

The Bryerson Family Education Blog hopes this checklist helps you add some items you have not yet thought to pack for your student’s trip to college this year.

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