10 College Care Package Ideas


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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sstepph sstepph

homemade chocolate chip cookies;)

Peajewel Peajewel

I normally make a care package to give to kids I know are going off to college.  I will put the stuff in a laundry basket so they have a laundry basket to take with them.  I put snacks, candy, a roll of quarters, laundry soap, paper towels, a couple towels and wash cloths.  I just jam pack with all kinds of silly things.  Kind of like you do when you make a house warming gift some someone. 

MomIWant MomIWant

My kids favorite care package is money. LOL

Pnukey Pnukey

Back in the day, when I was in college, a good friend of mine went to a different one, far away. I recorded (yes, on a cassette tape) an hour or two of his favorite radio station because he couldn't get it where he lived.

clean... cleanaturalady

I didn't go away to college.

Carey... Carey2006

GREAT IDEAS!!! And yes, I have...my gram would send me Monk's Bread M&M's and a bunch of other stuff

tonya... tonyalynn

i send packages to my hubby, who is deployed, all the time.

Radarma Radarma

Awww, I look forward to this stage in our parental futures here. My husband will say "money" and I will think "blankets"...pure male/female thinking here!

Franc... Francine4ever

TP is always good to send, as are plastic sandals (for use in shared showers) soap, shampoo, and staple foods like peanut butter, rice, noodles, sauce, etc. Undies and socks are usually appreciated too.  

Crock pots and hotplates also a good idea, as well as blankets, flash drives, printer paper, and consider earplugs,  and perhaps folding screens/partitions for those stuck with "party roomates". 

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