College Care Packages
It’s time to put together the first college care package for your college student. Whether it’s your child, grandchild, niece, nephew, sibling or friend, everyone loves to receive a surprise package in the mail. There is no better way to let them know you are thinking of them. College students are adjusting to a different lifestyle. They are often short on money and time and don’t always have the opportunity to purchase the things they need or want. It is a nice surprise when they receive an unexpected package full of love from “home”.
I personally really enjoy making care packages for our daughter. She is a college Sophomore this year. Last year I made or sent a care package to her almost monthly. You can base your packages around themes, the holidays, or just simply needs. Unfortunately, I didn’t save pictures of my care packages last year. (I wasn’t blogging then.) So this post will be lacking photos, but I will certainly be keeping archives this year so I can share them next time around. In the meantime, let’s explore college care package must have items and themes.
For The Athlete- Energy and Protein Bars, Gatorade or Electrolyte Drops such as Mio Fit, Ibuprofen, Biofreeze or Muscle Ointment, Compresses, Chewing Gum, Deodorant, Sunscreen, Lip Balm, Protein Powder
Personal Care For Her- Shampoo, Conditioner, Toothpaste, Flossers, Lotion, Razors, Shave Gel, Body Wash, Loofah, Mouthwash, Toothbrush, Face Wipes, Cotton Balls, Cotton Swabs, Hair Ties, Deodorant, Hairspray. Complete in a tote or shower caddy.Personal Care For Him- Men’s Shampoo, Shave Cream, Razors, Mouthwash, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Flossers, Men’s Body Wash, Deodorant
Medicine/Mom’s RX Kit– Emergen-C, Airborne, Ibuprofen, Cough Drops, Tums, Nyquil- Day and Nighttime, Midol, Imodium, Pepto Bismol, Anti itch cream, Benedryl, Bandaids, Neosporin, Eye Drops, Soups, Crackers, 7up
“Orange You Glad” Theme- Include various orange colored packages, flavors or items. Such as Goldfish Crackers, Reeses Pieces, Cheetos, Gum, Tic Tacs, clothing item…you get the idea
Something Out Of The Blue Theme- Include various blue colored packages and items. Such as Oreos, Cool Ranch Doritos, AirHeads, Chips Ahoy Cookies, Crunch Bar etc.
A Box Of Sunshine- Include various yellow colored packages and items. Such as Funyuns, Lemon flavored anything, Dots, Peanut M&M’s, sunscreen and sunglasses
Decorating the boxes to match the theme is quite fun. Let your imagination run wild!
Items For Care Packages
Treats from home
Microwave Food: Soups, Macaroni ‘n’ Cheese, popcorn, instant oatmeal
A Few Good Books
Do Your Laundry or You’ll Die Alone: Advice Your Mom Would Give if She Thought You Were Listening -No matter how hard they try, parents never have time to teach their children everything they need to know before they leave home. Luckily, Becky Blades has compiled the best tidbits of advice into one thought-provoking, conversation-starting book. Covering everything from posture to finances, with a hint of motherly sass, Do Your Laundry or You’ll Die Alone is the perfect gift for leaving-the-nest kids, or anyone in your life who could use a little bit of coming-of-age common sense.
The Her Campus Guide to College Life: How to Manage Relationships, Stay Safe and Healthy, Handle Stress, and Have the Best Years of Your Life – “Some things are common sense, but some things aren’t–especially when it comes to navigating a college campus in a way that’s fun, independent and totally safe. This guide touches on everything from dating and studying, to making friends and joining clubs outside of class.” –Today.com
The Freshman Survival Guide: Soulful Advice for Studying, Socializing, and Everything In Between – A completely revised and updated values-based guide to navigating the first year of college that speaks to college students in their own language and offers practical tools that readers need to keep from drinking, sleeping, or skipping their way out of college.
The ABCs of Adulthood: An Alphabet of Life Lessons – Based on a viral article written by Copaken when her own firstborn left for college, The ABCs of Adulthood is a delightful, worldly riff on learning your ABCs all over again.
If you don’t have time to assemble a care package there are some companies that provide this service and will ship directly to your student. Some great recommendations are:
Soulfeed– Care packages with Christian devotionals, healthy snacks, fun surprises, and practical items.
Fab Fit Fun– For Girls, a box of full-sized beauty, health, fashion, and fitness products valued at over $200 for only $49.99!
Amazon Prime Student– Get fast free shipping on millions of items, plus stream thousands of TV shows and movies and get exclusive college deals.
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