Parents are often at a loss as to what to put into care packages for their college students. As much as you may want to surprise them with sentimental goodness, you also want to know that your college student made use of your care package items. This list of useful items will help to get you started filling up your care package with useful items your college student will use.
Laundry items: Students have to do laundry, if they don’t mind smelling bad anyway. Your laundry care package should include rolls of quarters for laundry, laundry detergent, stain lifters, and colorsafe bleach (too many accidents happen with regular bleach). Your college students will be sure to use up these items and ask for more.
Toiletries: College students love to get toiletries so they can save their meager dollars for more important items like partying. So, put toothpaste, a new tooth brush, lotion, liquid soap, shampoo, conditioner, and their favorite make up items into the care package.
School supplies: Don’t let your college student run out of basic school supplies such as looseleaf paper, printer ink, pens, pencils, markers, and highlighters. These are great items to put into care packages for college students.
Foods for missed meals and late nights: There will inevitably be times when your student misses a meal and needs to make it up in their room. Some college care package items for this occasion would be noodles, instant oatmeal, granola bars, and peanut butter.
Timely care packages: There are certain times when a care package is especially in order. For instance, as the winter chill sets in, you will want to send a fleece blanket and hot chocolate. As finals week approaches, you will want to send tons of health snacks such as protein bars, nuts, dried fruit, popcorn and Emergen-C packets to keep their energy up.
Miscellaneous item: Other care package items your students will be sure to use include gas cards, restaurant cars, ear plugs, stamps, envelopes.
Note: Don’t send toiletries and foods in the same package. The smell be absorbed by the foods, and nobody likes lilac flavored cookies.