It’s been a few years since my eldest son started College. To be honest, it hasn’t been any different then when he was in high school. He still gets up every morning and comes home every evening. Laundry is done and food made. Even he admits he has it pretty good compared to other class mates living the campus life.
That’s all about to change as he somewhat nervously prepares to get the full campus life experience of his very own. I have to admit I’m both excited and nervous for him. I mean at 23 he has never lived away from home before and has an aversion to all things culinary. Sure he’s a smart kid graduating on the Deans Honour Roll, but he’s such a home boy.
Fortunately, I’ve been able to upgrade a few household items and packed up the old ones for him to take with him to University. I happily gave him things like mis-matched dishes, extra towels and bedding (oh look room for new ones.. lol)
One thing I wasn’t about to replace is my Dyson vacuum. He’s just not ready to take on that much responsibility! I found a great deal at Canadian Tire on a lightweight, yet powerful Dirt Devil Featherlight Bagless Vacuum. It’s just what he needs to keep his home away from home dirt and dust free.. am I over reaching here? With no messy bags, he can easily vacuum up the crushed potato chips I envision crushed into the floor after a good old game of beer pong and empty it right into the overflowing bag of garbage. The Dirt Devil Featherlight Bagless Vacuum provides a heavy-duty clean on carpets, hard floors, drapes, furniture and tough-to-get-to places, a Campus Life necessity.
Luckily, he’s got all the big ticket items already and I don’t mind him taking the bedroom furniture he’s had for over a decade. Hello yoga retreat room! Think I’m kidding? Maybe I am, or, maybe I’m not.
Successful late night cram sessions require some form of lighting, he’s learned the hard way that laptop light just doesn’t cut it. We picked up a classic desk lamp to help him light the way to A’s. It’s perfect to use in his room and small enough to carry with him should he need to retreat from any loud roommates. At $13.99 regular price it was a clear no-brainer.
Electrical engineering students have tools, micro controllers and all sorts of thingymajigers and bits and bobs that really don’t have a home. These Rubber Maid durable totes will be perfect for keeping them all in one place and make it easy for him to organize and transport all the mechanics for projects he will soon be working on.
Since he has never had any real desire to learn how to cook, despite my constant urging that it is always a good skill to know how to feed yourself, a good toaster oven will be an essential appliance he can use for single serve cooking or heating up frozen convenience foods. Back in my university days I could cook up a storm with a toaster oven and slow cooker, with this Black & Decker Toaster Oven at least I know he can make toast, waffles, warm up muffins and who knows maybe roast a chicken breast or two! Bonus: it even fits an entire personal pizza! Starve he will not!
When he suggested he would need a food container storage system, I was caught a little off guard. I think he saw the bewildered look on my face and offered a sound explanation for that request which really warmed my heart. He told me he knows he’s going to really have to be careful with his money and there’s no better way to save money than to make your own food to take to school. Just as I started to smile proudly as my vision got a little watery he added: “Plus, this Snaptops Food Storage Set is perfect. You can make and freeze a bunch of food that I can take with me and I’ll bring them back at Thanks Giving and Christmas to be re-filled” ahhh.. that’s my boy.
Since it now looks like he has almost everything he needs to help make campus life a little easier, there was one thing we almost forgot to discuss: Transportation. We are just not in position to get him a car and as we explained to him as a full time student he really can’t afford a car while living away from home.
While he is on campus, going from building to building can add 15 minutes or more commute time to his class schedules. We agreed as a budget conscious University student, there’s no better eco-friendly way to travel around campus than by bike.
He’s a good kid and worked very hard to get on the Deans Honour Roll. While he has valid points about travelling around the small University Town campus up north, I already know there’s an abundance of biking trails up where he’s going. Since we aren’t in position to buy him a car, it’s heart warming to know that he’s over the moon happy with his shiny new Supercycle Nitrous Full Suspension Mountain Bike. Yes, even though he’s off to University, he’s still my little boy.
Canadian Tire wants to make back to school a breeze and is giving away a $400 Gift Card!!
Disclosure: This was a collaborative post with Canadian Tire. All opinions and experiences stated above are 100% my own.