Millions of students are packing up for college right now. Don't forget to stow a culinary care kit along with the futon, the laptop, the shoe racks and the microwave or toaster/oven (if they're allowed).
It's easy for parents and kids to forget these simple essentials because most of these items have been sitting in kitchen drawers and cabinets seemingly forever, right there when you need them. It takes only one case of unrequited midnight munchies to make a student realize just how important a fork, a can opener or a coffee mug really can be.
I learned that lesson the hard way at school but managed over four years to cook everything from a can of corned beef hash to a 12-course Chinese banquet in dorm kitchens. Here's my list of the 10 essential piece of culinary equipment for campus. Don't worry, parents, if your child has flown the coop. Mail a package of goodies or, even easier, send them a gift certificate to the nearest cooking gadgets store.