There’ s nothing quite like receiving a care package when you are in college. Here are some tips on how to send one…
Be sure to send it to the Correct Mailing Address
Anything that may perish within three days is not a good idea to send. This is especially true if the package cannot be delivered directly to your college student’s dorm room. Nonperishable food items such as breakfast bars, ramen noodles and coffee, tea or hot chocolate, are a must.
Send Items They Can Use
Towels, toiletries and laundry detergent are just a few items that any college student would appreciate. Keep them stocked up with these items instead of sending the money for them.
This saves them time.
Practical items, like new undies and socks, will be appreciated and make a good joke for their roommates.
New supplies for school will help their budget, and cleaning supplies for their room are probably needed.
Dorm friends abound, especially when
a package arrives. Send a little extra for your college student to share.
Look off campus
Check out what is near their college and add a gift certificate, like to a pizza joint or the closest grocery store.
Personal items such as pictures of the family dog can uplift any college student out of the studying and too busy funk. Try a humorous card with a personal note, it will make a great memory for them.
Recent pictures of the family or pets always bring a smile. Send a disposable camera and a self-addressed envelope along too. This way they can send some pictures back.
Defining the student: lives in a dorm, has access to a microwave, hot pot and small room refrigerator.
Get creative! Pack it all in a storage container that they can reuse. Wrap the gifts up in a new towel, small bucket or other useable item.
Canned pasta meals
Candy bars or other chocolate
Mac and Cheese
Contact lens solution
Paper – lined or plain
Other Items for Care Packages
Letters and drawings from younger siblings
Video of family sending their love
Blank CDs/DVDs/USB drives
All purpose spray cleaner
Trash can liners
Recent hometown newspaper
Pictures of recent event