Inside: Let a loved one know they are remembered and that you care about them with fun or practical college care packages.
I remember moving away from home to go to college over 500 miles away. There were no easy trips home for the weekend or running home to grab something I forgot. So when I would get a notice in the dorm mailbox to go pick-up a package, it made my day.
Of course, mom knew that space was limited (very limited) in the room, so care packages usually consisted of consumables and the occasional decorations.
Awesome Ideas for College Care Packages
If you are looking for inspiration as to what to include in a care package for your loved one, check out these ideas below.
The Entertainment Pack
All work and no play makes for a boring existence. Consider sending your student some boredom busters. A deck of cards is always handy and also fun would be a dartboard (suction or velcro) or a mini basketball hoop.
Other ideas would be to include a stress ball, frisbee, a game of Jenga or gift cards to a movie theater.
The Snack Pack
I can’t think of a student that wouldn’t love a package of goodies to eat. There are a lot of options here and the snacks will definitely be appreciated during those late-night study sessions.
Possibly the most frugal option is to make a bunch of homemade goodies like cookies and granola. Pack them in tight and provide ample padding so the goodies stay intact. You can also throw in some easy goodies like gum or mints.
If you’d rather save a bit on shipping and you have Amazon Prime, then you could put together a package of yummy treats and have it shipped for you.
Personal hygiene isn’t often at the forefront of students minds. Help them keep on top of things with a resupply of razors, shave cream, toothbrush and toothpaste, polish and lip balm.
Some items such as shampoo may be prone to leaking during shipping so remember to bag separately.
Cold and Flu Kit
At some point, your student will get sick with a cold or worse. Help them out with a care kit. A first aid kit is great for handling all sorts of issues.
You can also include a separate bottle of ibuprofen, a box of tissues, a package of tea and some cough drops. A couple small aseptic containers of chicken noodle soup may be welcome as well.
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The Thinking of You Package
If you aren’t sure what to send in a care package, there are a few things besides food that are often welcome.
Dorm rooms (or landlords) may not allow nails in wall. Some dorms may even have cinder blocks for walls, so even if you wanted to, nails aren’t an option. A package of poster putty and Command strips are handy for hanging up pictures and other items.
A good water bottle is always welcome as are a few photos from home and earbuds for listening to music and tuning out noise while studying.
And, if all else fails, gift cards for groceries, gas, or restaurants will get used. Of course, you can also include any of the other items mentioned above.
What are your favorite things to include in care packages?