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College is definitely a time of firsts: being away from home, being on your own, experiencing so many new things…the list goes on and on! For a lot of students, the transition can be a bumpy one. But a care package (or two) from home can definitely smooth things out! Luckily, there are plenty of perfect college care packages contents perfect for your student.
College Care Package Tips
Keep space in mind
Dorm rooms are tiny and usually packed to the brim with your student’s stuff…and their roommate’s! Try to avoid sending large and bulky items or too many multiples of the same item.
Mix practical and fun items
College students definitely have a never-ending list of things they need, but sometimes a mental break is at the top of that list. Sending a mix of practical and fun items will have them both smiling and breathing a sigh of relief.
Send enough to share
Making friends in college can be a bit tricky sometimes, but nothing says “please be my friend” like sharing a granola bar during a late-night study session. Adding a few extra snacks or some additional bottles of hand sanitizer for your student share can go a long way.
Homemade items can be tricky to send
One of the things I missed most while in college was my mom’s cooking. I am sure that many college students are in the same boat. As much as students want to eat (and parents want to send) homemade food, shipping those items may not work out terribly well. Baked items can be individually wrapped in plastic wrap and put in sealable baggies or food storage containers and, if shipped quickly, they may arrive fresh. Other homemade food items really need to be delivered in person so they’re as fresh as possible.
Contents for College Care Packages
There are so many care package content options for your college student! A mix of staples (snack items, toiletries, etc.) paired with a more expensive special item strikes a good balance. Items like noise-cancelling headphones or a really good water bottle can help make college life a bit easier. You can space out more expensive items over a few care packages or save big-ticket items for special occasions.
Other content ideas include:
- Favorite snack items
- Fun magazines
- Favorite toiletry brands
- Reminders of home: photos, notes, local mail or food products
- Travel coffee mug
- Phone battery pack
- School supplies
- Cozy blanket or sheets
- Hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies
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