10 College Care Package Ideas

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care packageBack in my college days, whenever I discovered that little pink slip in my dorm mailbox telling me that I had a package waiting for me at the mailing center, my little study-ridden heart would skip a beat. My mama sent me a care package!

Upon retrieval of said package, I'd walk down my dormitory hall and those that saw me would immediately follow me to my room to help devour the delicious baked goods that my mother was famous for.

I feel once a child moves out of the home, their embarrassment of parental affection fades (what's the old saying, you don't know what you got till it's gone?). Especially during the first year away, homesickness can easily set in, and reminders of home are welcomed with open arms. Care packages are a perfect example of this.

Here are 10 items that you should be sure to include when sending your child their care package.

  1. Food: If your child is in college, these will undoubtedly come in handy for late night snacking after partying studying: popcorn, cookies, Ramen noodles, Easy Mac, Little Debbie Cakes, chips. Trust me, your kid and his/her roommates will love you for this.
  2. Gift Cards: Instead of giving them money (which they could use on things like beer), give them gift cards to places such as restaurants, Walmart, theaters, iTunes, and Blockbuster.
  3. Hometown Newspaper: Send your child a little slice of home and the ability to keep up with the hometown news.
  4. Essentials: Kids fresh out of the nest don't always remember to buy essentials such as toothpaste, soap, antibacterial cleaning items, and Kleenex, so help them stay stocked up.
  5. Rolls of Quarters: It's such a pain to have to go get change for the laundry machines, so a roll of quarters to take to the laundromat is much appreciated.
  6. Photos: Even though I was hundreds of miles away from home, just looking at the gazillion photographs that lined my ugly bricked dorm room wall made me feel better. Photographs tend to be the main element of decor in most dorm rooms, so send them some fresh pics that they can put up.
  7. DVDs/CDs: Toss in a DVD or CD that you know your child has been wanting.
  8. Hats/Scarves/Mittens: Whenever the temperature started getting cold, my mom always sent me a scarf or hat. I really appreciated it because I hadn't thought of packing these small items when I moved.
  9. School Supplies: It's amazing how many pencils, pens, and notebooks you go through in a semester. Always good to keep plenty in stock, so please send!
  10. Plastic Container: Send your package in a plastic container; that way, your child can reuse it to store items.

Have you ever given or received a care package? What are some items that were in yours?


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