what to send in a care package

Posted : September 3, 2005
Last Updated : August 10, 2022

what to send in a care package

College students love receiving mail. Sending your college student a care package is one of the best ways to let your child know that you are thinking of them. Here are some item ideas to make a care package that your college student will love.

Healthy snacks.

Your college student will endure many late night study sessions, so he/she will need healthy snacks to stay alert. Snacks like energy barsdried fruitsnutsinstant soups, etc. will satisfy those late night cravings and keep your college student healthy at the same time. Just don't send anything that will perish within a few days.

Fitness items.

Including fitness items in your care package will hopefully ensure that your child will stay fit and avoid the freshman 15. Throw in  a yoga matt , a jump rope, a footballworkout clothes, etc. These items will inspire your college student to get active.

Personal hygiene items.

If your college student is like most, they are living on a budget. Help your student out by sending items that are used daily. Include toothpaste, dental floss, body wash, disposable razors, lotion, toilet paper, etc. in the care package. At The Honest Company, you can save up to 35% on personal hygiene items when you choose a bundle gifts.

Laundry supplies.

Keep your college student smelling fresh by sending needed laundry supplies. Toss in packages of laundry detergent and fabric softener. Be sure to include rolls of quarters for laundry money.

Prepaid cell phones and phone cards.

Phone cards will allow your college student to call home more frequently and to keep in close contact with family and friends without having to sign a long term contract. If your student likes to call home a lot, be sure to get a plan with plenty of time on it. Amazon.com offers a variety of phones and plan options from which to choose.

Coupons/gift certificates.

To help your college student save money, send them coupons. Coupons for take-out food are always a good idea. If you see any coupons for items that you know your child uses, include them in the care package. You may also want to send food or entertainment gifts, such as Fandango Bucks gift certificates. Gift cards for movies, restaurants, malls, etc. are ideal for college students.


Your college student will love receiving framed pictures from home. Include pictures of family, friends, family pets, or anything that will bring a smile to your child's face.

Card games.

Something fun like a card game is great to put into a care package. Your teen can use them in your dorm with your friends to have some fun socialization time.


Everyone loves a nice, new and soft blanket. Especially during the winter this is a great gift

Personal letters.

Don't forget to include a letter to your child. Talk about recent family happenings, local events, local news, etc. Keep in mind that a handwritten letter is always more personal.

Pre-made gift basket. 

Gathering items for a care package can be a lot of work. For an easier care package, send a pre-made gift basket for college students.
Before you send your box of goodies, make sure you know the correct mailing address. The box should be securely packaged, and you may even want to write "fragile" on the box to ensure it arrives to your college student in good condition.
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