Whether you are sending your freshman off to college for the first time ever or just saying goodbye after a long summer break, set your (grown-up!) child up for success with these eight college must-haves:
On-campus food can be expensive and overly-processed, and one in four freshmen gain at least 10 pounds during their first semester of college. Send them off with this lunch bag so they can pack their own healthy, affordable lunch or snacks for a long day of classes. The Bamboo Lunch Bag is made from fast-growing, easily replenishable bamboo, and is naturally antibacterial and anti-fungal. This roomy bag can hold two or three stainless steel food containers. It is also perfect for bringing home leftovers for a midnight snack.
These non-toxic stainless steel containers by New Wave Enviro are large and roomy, perfect for a hungry college kid! Pack a salad, sandwich, cheese and crackers, fruits and veggies, or a cooked meal. Bring it to class or use it to store leftovers in the dorm fridge. Stainless steel does not leach chemicals into food the way aluminum and plastic can. These containers are sturdy, toxin-free, eco-friendly, and 100% recyclable.
3. Maintain Focus
Starting a new year of college may be particularly daunting for a student who struggles to maintain attention. Vaxa Attend is a homeopathic formula designed to improve focus, attention, and concentration and reduce stress and frustration. This formula is free of stimulants and does not cause drowsiness. Whether the student is dealing with ADHD, a learning disorder, or a general tendency toward overactivity or underactivity, taking Attend regularly can provide relief by rebalancing neurochemicals and supporting the central nervous system. Combine Attend with Memorin and Extress with our Vaxa Attend Strategy Pac. These three homeopathic formulas work together to improve memory, focus, concentration, and relaxation.
4. Stay Hydrated
It’s so important to stay hydrated while walking back and forth to classes and sitting in lecture halls. Choose from a small or large size. The 20-ounce Glass Water Bottle is has a flip top and a silicone sleeve to prevent breakage. This smaller size is great if there are opportunities to refill the bottle throughout the day. If not, try the 40-ounce Seriously Safe Stainless Steel Water Bottle. The heavy-duty nylon strap conveniently attaches to a bag, purse, backpack, or belt loop. Both choices are BPA-free and toxin-free.
How about some pure, clean water to go in that new water bottle? The Barrier Grand Water Pitcher is the perfect dorm-ready water filter. Simply fill the pitcher, wait a few minutes, and pour. The pitcher can be stored in the fridge or on the desktop, and the filter cartridges last twice as long as similar pitcher brands. One Barrier Grand pitcher (which comes with a cartridge) plus one replacement cartridge will last the entire school year! This pitcher removes chlorine, lead, mercury, iron, cadmium, pesticide residues, and petroleum products, leaving only clear, great-tasting water.
Sleep on a college campus is notoriously lacking. Whether students are staying up late studying for exams, hanging with friends into the wee hours of the night, or out partying until 3am, the average college student only gets about 6 hours of sleep a night — a full 3 hours short of the recommendation. Sleep deprivation makes it hard for students to get up on time (especially for that 8am class!), increases anxiety and depression, and causes a host of physical health problems. Students who regularly pull all-nighters have, on average, lower GPAs and score as much as one full letter grade below those who get adequate sleep. Mercola Melatonin Sleep Support Spray is a safe, all-natural way to restore healthy sleep patterns. Melatonin is a hormone naturally occurring in the body, and it is responsible for keeping the body’s internal clock on schedule. Students who have frequent disruption in their sleep routines may end up having trouble falling and staying asleep, but a melatonin supplement can combat insomnia and improve the length and quality of sleep.
They’ll be grocery shopping on their own now, perhaps for the first time ever! Make sure to send them off with a set of reusable grocery bags. Envirosax Reusable Shopping Bags come in fun designs, and are available in either waterproof polyester or organic cotton. They are great for trips to the grocery store or the mall, and each roomy bag saves 2 plastic shopping bags — definitely an eco-friendly choice! These bags are also great for carrying books, pens, notebooks, and other essentials to class, or bringing a change of clothes to the campus fitness center.
8. Prevent Illness
With a new year and a new school, tight living quarters, shared drinks, and poor sleep, college students may be much more susceptible to germs. No one wants to succumb to cold and flu season, and college professors are not always tolerant of missed classes and exams. Support the immune system with Sovereign Silver, which utilizes silver ions to bolster the body’s natural defenses.
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