what to send in a care package
Posted : September 3, 2005
Last Updated : August 6, 2015
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 him. 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 will need healthy snacks to keep him alert. Snacks like energy bars, dried fruits, nuts, instant 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 Frisbee, a jump rope, a football, workout clothes, etc. These items will inspire your college student to get active.
Personal hygiene items. If your college student is like most, he is living on a budget. Help him out by sending items that he uses on a daily basis. Include toothpaste, dental floss, body wash, disposable razors, lotion, toilet paper, etc. in the care package. At drugstore.com and beauty.com, you can earn reward dollars for purchases and choose free samples to include in your care package. Many items will also qualify your order for free shipping.
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 him 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.
Pictures. 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.
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. Check out sites such as gourmetgiftbaskets.com and 1-800-baskets.com.
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.